Darren Copeland

Rendu Visible

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Rendu Visible is Darren Copeland's first solo CD as a composer. It comprises three works created between 1993 and 1996. The main piece is the three-part "Night Camera." The composer describes it as a "quest for worlds existing within the territory of the ordinary." And that is exactly what these three eight-minute polaroids are. Each movement has been developed using a basic recording from the World Soundscape Collection of the Simon Fraser University (Hildegard Westerkamp has been known to use the same source). An environmental recording of a particular landscape was delicately modified, with added sounds and textures. The result is well-tailored, the composer's work seamless -- and the piece as uneventful as a deserted peak at two a.m. The listener is invited to dream up the scene; that leaves him a lot of work. "Rendered Visible" is more satisfactory: These environmental recordings, blending a sea shore and probably something more exotic, truly come to life. A delicate melody in the low register (like a synthesized bass flute) is heard through the fog -- beautiful. The more acousmatics "Reaching for Tomorrow" provides haunting lugubrious moments. Rendu Visible makes a short (40 minutes) and uneven debut. It was released in Empreintes DIGITALes' budget-priced series "Compact-Compact."

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