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Darge, Moniek – “Soundies ( Selected Work 1980-2001)” – [Kye]

Thurston Hunger   5/6/2015   A Library, CD

Oddball earball action from Belgium music composer/capturer
Moniek Darge between 1980 and 2011. I’m guessing she grew
up near natural wild winds, there’s a whooosh to much of the
pieces here, also much human voice in natural and unnatural
environs. “Fairytale” starts with gaspy human panting (with
a hint of hiccup) before the attack dogs start chasing
Darge’s violin and a koala that sounds like a cat. Koala is
not the strangest fauna found here, a turkish turtle turns up
in “Verbondenheid” (not sure if the turtle is an acapella group,
a type of car or an actual turtle). My favorite soundling is
“Harpje” though it vanishes via ripples in 31 seconds. The
last track is a duet, poetry versus haiku, man versus woman,
english versus japanese (I think?), ying versus yang while
a clattering prayer wheel or something spins after the wind.
What drew me to this was the Kye imprint, and this was the
first non Lambkin release to wear that imprint (his affinity
for the clank and gust are evident here). Mostly a subtle
collection of work, the long lead off track especially so
at the outset (wave and tap percussion, a tea ceremony for
ghosts perhaps, but look out for the scream at 20:46!!)
Darge is still a creator and educator going today and
part of the Logos world (http://logosfoundation.org)
-Thurston Hunger

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