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Various Artists — Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore
(Pogus Productions P-21041-2, 2006, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore Cover art

Experimental and Avant-Garde are words that should be used loosely for they reach far too wide. On the surface, that is evidently what we have here in this conglomeration of mainly Canadian artists. Were these paintings, they would more than likely be ascribed to Dada or aural Cubism. These are academic exercises and that makes them no less thrilling or engaging. Experiments in broadening the horizon of musical boundary. Marcel Duchamp on a hot buttered roll. André Breton with a wig caught underneath the gears of a unicycle. The juxtaposition of things that can hardly be heard with toe-tapping in mind. Pensive and moody inner ear explorations, calisthenics for brains impenetrable, washed dishes for a meal of sautéed air. A mental ectopy revealed for the sake of thoughtful realignment. The polemics of an aboriginal swansong. Nutrients in transmission. Creaking is guitar, movement as art, nature's melody for those who choose to see: music is all around me. Static, tapping, wind, birds, breaking glass, crackling fire; all sharing the same proximity to the primordial. Here are the new cartographers of Luciano Berio and Ilhan Mimaroglu. Nocturnal salamanders in pastiche. Chameleon ghouls erasing footprints in a vacuum. Solitude unearthed, mysteries revealed, careful placement as a tool of definition. See how much you can lose yourself and simply be. . . unfettered and snug in the recognition that you, we, us, and this, are already whole – part of a continuum ending in the place where definitions of something such as this magnanimously cease existing.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

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