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Artist: Philippe Pannier / Isambard Khroustaliov
Format: CD
Label: Not Applicable (@)
Rated: *****
This album is the recording of a performance made by Philippe Pannier (Guitar, Banjo) and Isambard Khroustaliov (Computer) in november 2010 and edited by the authors. According to the linear notes, this performance has been prepared through four years of correspondance between their first meeting in 2006 at Ircam and the performance recorded. The result is a dialogue between the extended techniques of the guitarist and the conterpoints of Sam Britton at his computer.
"Coïncidence" is a dialogue between the glitchs and the reverse samples played by Isambard Khroustaliov while "Habituellement" is almost completely, almost apparently, based on computer output loosely coloured by sparse inserts of guitar. "Arrivée" features even some sparse violins samples to match the banjo playing and create a result different from simple juxtaposition of traditional instruments and software. "Légèrement" is divided between the first part based on the guitar played by Pennier and the second conducted by Khroustaliov. "Entre des" is a interlude from piano samples and guitar that introduce the listener to the final part of this release, "Unions", the longest track, divided in roughly three parts: the fist part is a guitar solo, then there's a lowercase interlude and, then, the dialogue between the two players constructs the rest of the track, "Recherchées" close this albums recalling all the musical elements viewed in the other pieces.
This album is introduced by a Jacques Derrida's citation that states: "I do not yet know [...] why I value them for their incompleteness even more than for their fragmentation" and is almost the same feelings I have for this records. A really good listening for EAI fans.


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