Natasha Barrett — Isostasie
(Empreintes DIGITALes IMED 0262, 2002, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-11-10
Known for their release of difficult electroacoustic music, Isostasie may be empreintes DIGITALes’ most accessible CD to date. The CD opens with Barrett’s "Three Fictions (Northern Mix)." Though composed of digital electronics, "Three Fictions" sounds like Tangerine Dream’s Zeit. Natasha’s electroacoustic interpretation of nature, be it crystalline snow, fluttering wind, rustling trees, or creeping industrialization, is expressed in musical terms. Though rooted in her interpretation of nature, there is a definite otherworldly or cosmic feel to her compositions. The three parts of "Displaced : Replaced" are the sonic components of an installation designed to capture real-time meteorological forces (fog, light wind, rain, and gathering wind), yet I can close my eyes and visualize hurtling through the space between the stars with the solar wind filling my sails and cosmic rays rushing past on their journey to infinity. Isostasie is a wonderful atmospheric suite of music and well worth the time spent listening.
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