Exposé Online banner

Total Normal — Total Normal
((Not on label) no#, 2010, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

Total Normal Cover artTotal Normal is Thierry Vaudor, a French Canadian multimedia artist applying his electroacoustic background from the University of Montreal to create interesting musical compositions. Total Normal is Thierry’s labor of love spanning 2005 – 2010. Using micro-samples (one or two notes, a fraction of a second, residual noise, a word or phrase, field recordings, etc.), Thierry layers, transforms, and rearranges them into new and sometimes unusual compositions. This self-titled release contains 15 two- to five-minute compositions tangentially related to electronica. Where this genre can rapidly bore the listener, Thierry’s deft manipulation adds new and interesting elements, changes directions, and doesn’t belabor an idea. All 15 songs are the right duration. Thierry uses found sounds for their intrinsic qualities, not for reference. However, the discriminating listener can identify Nina Simone, Bill Cosby, some specific movie dialog, or a recognizable riff or bass line on different tracks. In addition, each of the 15 tracks uses a different sonic pallet and thus a different listening experience. Some are fast and energetic and others more serene and ambient. Standout tracks for me are “Soft Cage” with its slow and melodic bells, chimes, and Asian guitar samples and “Une Main Glaçée” with its cold/sterile female vocal sampling with more than a nod to Stockhausen’s Gesang der Jünglinge. Then there is a complete reworking and repurposing of The Chordettes’ 50s hit "Mr. Sandman" that has to be experienced to be believed. Overall a quite enjoyable independent release that I recommend investigating.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2010 releases

Related artist(s): Total Normal

More info
http://www.totalnormal.tk
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=587204734

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Flower Kings - Back in the World of Adventures – Don't let the name fool you. The Flower Kings can jam! Take some soulful groove drumming, occasional Frippertronic style guitar, medieval flute-led romps in 7, and a plethora of keyboard and...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues