As promised two years ago, Laurent Perrier delivers the second instalment in his Plateforme series, and Plateforme #2 makes it clear that the French audio wizard did NOT put all the best material from this project on the first disc.
In an audio production world where possibilities have become endless, Perrier designed for himself a very restrictive framework: he asked artists for raw audio materials that are representative of their usual soundworld, and decided to produce one piece of sound art per artist using that material – and only that material, no matter what and how much of it he would receive. He calls it a “one-way collaboration.”
The results are a testament to Perrier’s creativity and sense of balance. Each piece irradiates its namesake’s musical personality while maintaining a pace, facture, and intent that are all Perrier’s. In that regard, this volume displays a stronger sense of cohesion than #1. “Francisco López” is probably the most immediately identifiable piece of the whole project, thanks to the Spanish composer’s unmistakable field recordings. That was to be expected; what was not is how “Tom Recchion” and “Christian Zanési” seem to build on the foundations laid down in that first piece – same kind of sharp back-and-forth cutting between sounds, same type of non-linear narrative – despite the fact that raw materials are obviously more varied. The results are incredibly absorbing and warrant multiple listens.
Laurent Perrier ranks among the most respected members of the French electronic music scene. His name is associated to the aliases Zonk't, Pylône, Heal, Cape Fear, and LP, with the Odd Size label, an adventure that lasted a decade, and the urban tribal industrial rock band Nox. His music art ranges from minimal techno to musique concrète, by way of several other states, with incursions in video installation and contemporary art, plus collaborations with choreographers and playwrights.
Phasen is a surprising album in its abrupt construction.
Separated by sudden transitions, the tracks generally evoke a light sadness, just enough to create a scattered fog in our field of hearing. This feeling is supported by the aerial sound processing applied to this release.
Sensitive and subtle, skimming the experimental and noise fields from strong ambient roots, René Margraff created a work alike a morning haze : a mysterious ghost hiding treasures of beauty if you pay enough attention. Dotflac
Yorgis Sakellariou comes back to us with this title where he always masters perfectly his arrangements dedicated to the strange darkness. I listened while reading an obscure novel, which was totally appropriate to my state of mind. When you know that the work is inspired by sacrificial rituals, war and murder ... Dare to listen! drone2805
Goccia, it's mixing faded recollection from the artist's life and strong memories of the listener, shaping these two halves of lives into a unique imaginary beyond comprehension.
Goccia, it's two fragments of reality put together into one dream strongly marked by liturgical features, hinting that the unknown must be a part of our existence to be complete.
Goccia, it's a permanent surprise teaching us that the unexpected can be the most beautiful gift if you welcome it like an old friend. Dotflac