Various Artists — Patch Work Music
(Musea MP 3019.AR, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01
A collective of French electronic musicians, Patch Work Music offers a sampling of the music of five of France's finest. Three tracks by Christian Gérard, two each by Olivier Briand, Bertrand Loreau, and Jean-Christoph Allier, and one lengthy piece by Lionel Palierne. A variety of styles are explored, most tend to fall into mid-length soundscapes of solidly structured compositions, as opposed to the open-ended cosmic explorations. Some proceed with very dark imagery, such as Christian Gérard's "Sans Enfant," perhaps recalling the work of Changing Images on The Castle. Olivier Briand's "Solar System" begins in a more ethereal, impressionistic approach, slowly building and changing over the seven minutes, infused with treated voices and other mutations over the minimalist rhythms. Allier's "KS Motion," as one might expect, is an eleven minute journey through Schulze's cosmic neighborhood, alone worth the price of admission. Loreau (who already has two other releases on Musea) is a master of textures, achieving a sound close to some of Kit Watkins' recent material on "Valentin." The crown gem here, though, has to be Palierne's stunning twelve minute closer "Galaxia." Fans of electronic music should find plenty here to warm up to.
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