CD-R + Digital |
Edition of 60 | July 2014
All tracks composed and recorded by Julien Beau (2009-2012)
Mastered by :
Julien Beau between Paris & Bordeaux, France.
Julien Beau : Computer, objects, piano, turntables, field recordings.
Track "Reflet" contains sounds from an improvisation of Etienne Rolin and his improvisation group.
Recorded at Le conservatoire de Bordeaux by Julien Beau. 2009.
Track "Écmnésie" : Doublebass by Julie Perret & Text from Fernando Pessoa speak by Ary Carpman.
© Julien Beau. 2009-2012. All
Sound artist out of France that studied
composition in Bordeaux brings us 7 abstract pieces of musique concrete
combining electronic and acoustic sources for a chaotic mixture of
sonic and textural elements.
His main medium here seems to be the
computer, mixing with found sounds and turntables, however the
incorporation of strings, woodwinds and piano gives this album the feel
of a sort of chamber ensemble of the digital age; wavering string tones
intertwine with electrical glitch, nautical echoes and general sensory
The first Reflet piece starts with a storm cloud
deconstruction that breaks into an orchestral drone and eventually
gives way to spring morning. On Ecmnesie we find ourselves sitting at a
streetside cafe absorbing the myriad activities and sounds around until
reverting to an internal existential monologue (in Spanish) set to
somber cello/piano duet. Ominous low end crackling wrought with high
end pitches incite and intersect with disintegrating serenity, only to
be swept up in a warped pendulum vortex. Electrons spinning twisted
circles around solitary piano reflections cradled by a gentle rustling
breeze. Ethopee is a 10 minute long contemplation of tense pressure
release seeping from behind your eyes out your ears. The piece goes
almost absent before reinvading your brain with another dense entropy
of sonic variety, full of prayer gongs, frantic scratching and
squealing and an omnipresent rumble.
Challenging though the album is,
these are beautiful complex compositions that are solemn and
introspective yet audacious and provocative) — Kfjc