I8U

I8U Vs. Martin Tétreault

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I8U and Martin Tétreault are based in Montreal. This CD-R is the result of a two-day workshop and turns out to be slightly unusual for both of them. I8U's music tends to be focused on body experiences, trying to trigger organic reactions with analog electronics. This time she went for something less primitive. She used a Korg ES-1 and EMU Orpheus synthesizers to create intriguing minimal textures, mostly noise based (if this term still holds any meaning). Tétreault relies here on synthesizer, mini-disc, and a record-less turntable -- listed third, which seems to establish its relative importance here. Less extreme in sound (from a noise and minimal techno standpoint), this album is not more comfortable nonetheless. The atmosphere quickly established in the opener, "11 AM #1," pictures an upcoming storm. If the menace becomes a reality in that track, elsewhere it only hovers above the music, adding a feeling of something that should come, but doesn't materialize -- an accurate translation of the listener's feeling too. After all, the principle of a workshop is to try out ideas, to step out of one's usual self. "12 AM #2" is a cold but captivating track where clicks, glitches, hums, and buzzes are joined by even stranger sounds (the plate of the turntable is heard rotating too). It provides the best, most cohesive moments. This independent release is a sidestep for both musicians: unusual, unessential, but still intriguing and worth seeking out.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
I8U
I8U
5:33
2
I8U
I8U
14:33
3
I8U
I8U
3:12
4
I8U
I8U
14:24
5
I8U
I8U
3:19
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