dimanche 13 février 2011

Arsène Souffriau

... even for someone well-versed in 60’s electronic music, souffriau’s name only rings a bell due to his contributions to the moogsploitation lp “free pop electronic concept” ... whereas his work there is relegated to only ancillary bleep-out, the fully realized musique concrète & dark tape-music compositions here paint a much broader picture of souffriau, a veritable renaissance man, working well into present day at his “private” bimes studio, chugging out pieces along the lines of contemporaries such as andre almuro and luis de pablo, yet entirely without academic or commercial support ...

... making him of course the perfect candidate for a boutique compiling such as this, ranging from some particularly woolly early-60’s flare-out (much of which matches the mutant energies of oosterlynck’s “outsider” prepared-piano takes) through his dalliances with electro-acoustic improv in the 70’s & 80’s (spiky, clangorous group-sound) straight up through a peppering of 90’s “digital” work (heavy, spectral hysteresis) ...

01 - trois études pour maldoror [1] by 666 vs 777

... trust me, once you see this thing, you’ll be able to justify the (admittedly, hefty) price tag ; i can’t think of another edition that even comes close to the respect & production-value / detail-obsessing-over that clearly went into this thing ... highly recommended !!! [mimaroglu]

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