Album Review

Henri Pousseur “Acousmatrix 4 – Henri Pousseur” [bvhaast]

cujo   4/16/2006   A Library, CD

A release full of purely electronic music and manipulations from one of the founding fathers of electronic and serial music, Henri Pousseur. These were made before analog synthesizers were around, and long before there were fancy computers that made this easy. I would have no idea how to start making this kind of music.

The first track, Scambi, evokes a leaky locker room shower, with drops of water that plitsch onto the floor and the echo bounces of the walls in fluttery electronic pulses.

The next three tracks comprise Three Views of Li’ge. While all the music on this release is evocative, these tracks are the ones that seem inspired. Who knows, maybe my ears aren’t good enough to register the inspired micro-managed serial sounds on the other tracks. The inspiration is made all the more palpable by the inclusion (and subsequent destruction) of human voices on Voix de la Ville and Forges.

Paraboles-mix is a lengthy collage of some Paraboles, a series of 30-minute serial studies he drew up at Berio’s request. It starts out with a proto-disco passage of bleeps and bloops and graudally melts from one scene to another. My favorite portion is around 30:00, which approximates tides washing up on a rocky beach. More distinctively electronic bloops, squiggles, and swells close out the mix.

-Cujo, KFJC, April 2006

you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 4277 days ago, Justin Outlier played Trois visages de Liege: 2. Voix de la Ville
  • 4725 days ago, Justin Outlier played Trois visages de Liege: 1. l'Air et l'eau
  • 4931 days ago, Lou Nautique played Scambi
  • 4932 days ago, Anubis, God of Jackals played Scambi
  • 4932 days ago, Belladonna played Trois visages de Liege: 2. Voix de la Ville
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