Eric La Casa

Les Pierres du Seuil, Pt. 4-7

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Eric La Casa's release Les Pierres du Seuil (Parts 4-7) is a continuation of the series he began on his Ground Fault release Stones of the Threshold (the English translation of the title). In many ways it sounds like a straight environmental recording, but the sound processing is very subtle and effective throughout. Beautifully packaged in an oversize plastic wallet with several color photographs, the release concentrates on sounds and pictures of wind and water. "Part 4" uses predominantly rain sounds, quiet at first, bursting with a sudden thunderstorm, then lingering, with the thunder in the background. The processing also includes his improvisations on violin springs, seeds in resonators, and metallic ores, and incorporates an electro-acoustic improvisation by Jérôme Noetinger. The last half of this piece layers several different rain sounds, from locations in Croatia and France, on top of each other in a beautiful evocation of a rainy afternoon. "Part 5" also concentrates on watery sounds, but this time more running water from streams, ponds, outflows, and trenches, as well as waves and louder forms of running water. "Part 6" and "Part 7" concentrate more on wind, from stormy nights in evergreen and oak forests to cities and radio towers, into which he layers train sounds and parts of an organ improvisation by Jean-Luc Guionnet. "Part 7" only includes sounds from one windy night; a quiet and tranquil close to a superb collection.

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