Wenderbecq

Wenderbecq

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Stéphane Wenderbecq is a visual artist who also touches sound, especially the deconstruction or misuse of manufactured sound (read: recorded music). In short, Wenderbecq follows the footsteps of Milan Knizak, Christian Marclay, and Martin Tétreault. This eponymous EP presents four untitled pieces made of turntable noise. The lo-fi clanging and surface noise is closer to Knizak's self-playing sculptures and Tétreault's vinyl-less turntable work than any quote-based turntablism you may have heard. The limping revolutions of the machines also recall Frédéric Le Junter's homemade automatons. Electricity enters the game through crude outbursts of audio-in jack tampering, pushing the "music" closer to maximalist noisicians like Merzbow. There is little new in Wenderbecq's approach, little different to set his work apart from those who have already explored this path. Maybe he needs to take his art further to find something more substantial.