This second effort by the trio Perlonex (previously Perlon, but a name change had become necessary due to the Frankfurt-based techno record label) is very convincing. Ignaz Schick (live electronics), Jörg Maria Zeger (guitars), and Burkhard Beins (percussion) approach music from the post-minimal side of things, stretching delicate musical gestures into long sonic journeys that have as much to do with abstract free improv as real-time electro-acoustics. Zeger's style is reminiscent of Keith Rowe's, although hers is less metallic. Beins bows cymbals and makes his drums resonate in a way similar to Günter Müller. The electronic part is what adds an aura of mystery to this release. Schick blends analog and digital sources to create strange textures that are like a cross between Thomas Lehn and Christof Kurzmann. Peripherique comprises a full concert recorded in December 2000 at Les Instants Chavirés. A first improv of 44 minutes is followed by a shorter one (13 minutes). There is a commanding unity in the movement: things expand, reduce, re-expand, and reduce again with stunning synergy in "Peripherique I." The second piece fails to reach the same level of excitement, but it is hard to be impressed after what happened in the first three-quarters of the disc. All in all, this disc is recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture