Louis Dufort — Connexion
(Empreintes DIGITALes IMED 0051, 2000, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-10-06
Louis Dufort composes for the Marie Chouinard contemporary dance company, works with the artistic committee of ACREQ, and explores hybrid and unbridled musical experimentation. Connexion is his first release of electroacoustic music and contains four compositions: "Transit" (1998), "Pointe-aux-Trembles" (1996), "Zénith" (1999), and "Décap" (2000). Spanning four years of musical explorations, each piece is unique. "Transit" is an abstract composition that jumps around from metallic alarm-clock-like bells, descending whines, processed noise, and wordless vocals. At times it sounds like it could be destroying your speakers. The liner notes state that "Transit" is “a work that makes use of continuous discontinuity.” "Pointe-aux-Trembles" is a quiet piece comprised of high frequency sounds and is an impression of the refineries in Eastern Montréal. "Zénith," as the name implies, is a Ligeti styled composition that slowly builds to a loud climax culminating with demonic mutterings. The final composition, "Décap," is Dufort’s study of wrists and ankles and is for the Marie Chouinard dance troupe. It is quite impressive and I could swear that I heard samples from the Beatles’ "Revolution 9" and Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma (the studio album). If not sampled, then Dufort duplicated some of the studio tricks used 30 years ago on these albums.
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