Album Review

Parmegiani, Bernard and Philip Samartzis – “Immersion ” – [Synaesthesia Records]

Max Level   11/26/2007   12-inch, A Library

Two respected, well-established sound artists immerse us in their unusual audio worlds. Side A: Parmegiani (France) brings us a 15-minute piece full of reverbed soundscapes, what might be ringing bells electronically manipulated, and electro-rhythmic passages reminiscent of perhaps Tangerine Dream. Brilliant, well thought out combinations of sounds in this one; no surprise as this electroacoustic pioneer has been exploring this type of work since at least the 1960’s. Side B: Samartzis (Australia) does a 16-minute piece made up of different sections and quite a bit of start/stop action. High-pitched insect-type noises alternate with crackles and machine-like sounds, and the various elements are also combined in various ways at various points. Because of the quiet places and shifts in tone, it’s not difficult to pick out individual sections on this side if you aren’t planning to play the entire piece.

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