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La Casa, Éric / Cédric Peyronnet — Zones Portuaires [2 CDs] (2013)

 La Casa, Éric / Cédric Peyronnet — Zones Portuaires [2 CDs] (2013)

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Nominated album in 8th Tais Awards 2015
≥   Site specific recordings made for two live performances in Le Havre and Liège (2010) by sound artists Éric La Casa and Cédric Peyronnet, one disc each of sound sculpted from the same field recordings, but with vastly different results.
Location: Paris, France
1968: Born in Tours, France
1987—91: Studied history of art (University of La Sorbonne, Paris)
1988: Starting sound experiments
Since 1991: Sound artist
Genre: Electronic, Non–Music
Style: Field Recording
Album release: 2013
Record Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1034-2
Duration:     80:17
CD 1
1. Le Havre radio     1:25
2. Le Havre 2     22:30
3. Liège Témoins     1:51
4. Liège 2     15:48
CD 2
1. kdi dctb 255 [d] (Le Havre 2 rmx)     9:41
2. kdi dctb 255 [f]     10:16
3. kdi dctb 255 [b]     18:46
Packaging: 2 CDs in gatefold cardstock foldover
≥   CD 1 recorded in Le Havre, France in March 2010 and in Liège, Belgium in September 2010. CD 2 recorded in Le Havre and Liège in 2010.
≥   "Field recordings with a difference, a two–disc set, one given over to each musician. La Casa alternates two short tracks (less than two minutes) assembled from radio transmissions in the first case, with lengthier ones sculpted from urban/industrial parts of Le Havre and Liège. And "sculpted" is the word that comes to mind. ≥   Sometimes with a (welcome) axe. I talked with La Casa recently (he literally lives around the corner from me in Paris) and, among many other things, we spoke of the well–documented difficulties I have with trying to make qualitative judgments on field recordings (not to mention other stuff!), a matter he agrees with. In a recording like this one, part of the "solution" is the sheer plasticity of the sound, the very moldedness of it. But also, of course, the choices made and the resultant disjointed narrative aspect that obtains. It's determinedly man–made but with the kind of eerie resonances that are unexpected consequences of human activity, including a booming interior hollowness in otherwise varying spaces. The listener is very much carried along here, hurtling often, the drastic changes in dynamics causing one's "aural stomach" (!) to drop. The ferocity and quasi–mancing presence in the first long track is mitigated somewhat in the second, a greater concern shown for various textures sliding across one another, accompanied at moments by wonderful, ultra–low booms, muffled but powerful. I was absolutely absorbed by it. I may not be able to quantify it, but when it comes to field recording, this is what I'm talkin' about.
≥   The Peyronnet disc is something rather different. While it may have been constructed from the same source material (it was recorded in the same two cities, in the same year), Peyronnet seems to process the sounds more overtly than La Casa. The first two tracks, each about ten minutes long, are ok though they sound more or less like slightly less effective versions of those found on Disc One. But on the last track, Peyronnet lurches at right angles to his material, creating a vast, sighing drone that reams our space for six or seven minutes before expiring, leaving behind a empty, nighttime landscape in which you can discern soft footsteps and gently lapping water. Quite lovely. Matters settle down into an interesting kind of nondescript area, general sounds in a large space, maybe outside, machine engines and associated clatter leading to what sounds for all the world like a drumroll (I take it that it's not) shattering into soft rubble. A strange, otherwordly and very enjoyable piece.
≥   A fine set, then, definitely worth checking out."  — Brian Olewnick, Just Outside
Website: http://ascendre.free.fr/
Also: http://www.squidco.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eric.lacasa
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Eric+La+Casa
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V5k_n7Q9Dw
Impulsive Habitat: http://impulsivehabitat.com/releases/ihab035.htm
Asymetry Music Magazine: http://asymmetrymusicmagazine.com/reviews/eric-la-casa-the-stones-of-the-threshold/

≥   French concrete composer Éric La Casa debuted with Syllyk' s trilogy of O Comme Icare (Musica Maxima Magnetica, 1992), containing the 27–minute Le Sacrifice, the 19–minute Terre Ciel Soleil Feu (1992), released on Frontières (Legende des Voix, 1992), and the 66–minute piece of Ascendre A L' Ombre Du Vent (Legende Des Voix, 1996): an ambitious collage of field recordings that centers on a mythological theme (a collaboration with Sylvie Laroche). Syllyk also released Ouroboros 3–4–5, one of the three pieces by him on the split album Otherwise (Digital Narcis, 1996), and the ten-minute Le Temps des Soupirs (1996), released on a split EP.
≥   Under his own name, La Casa released Mille et Trois Souffles d'Ecorce (1997) and L' Empreinte de L' Ivresse (Digital Narcis, 1999), another ambitious fresco of human life and possibly his masterpiece.
≥   The Stones of the Threshold (Ground Fault, 1999) and Les Pierres du Seuil, Pt 4—7 (Edition, 2000) are notable for the seven–movement suite Stones of the Threshold of field recordings (1—3 on the former, 4—7 on the latter). The former also includes Chrysalithe for natural sounds and percussion instruments.
≥   La Casa is also a member of the musique concrete ensemble Afflux with Jean–Luc Guionnet and Eric Cordier, that have released Azier St. Martin–Sûr–Mer Dieppe (Edition, 2002) and Bouquetot, Autoroute A13/ Paris, Gare de Lyon/ Port–Jérome, Raffinerie (Ground Fault, 2003), both focusing on improvisation with environmental sounds as they occur in an open landscape.
≥   Nuees (Rurart, 2004), the soundtrack for an art exhibition, contains music for whispers and music for the ingredients used to build the sculptures.
≥   Air Ratio (2006) used air currents inside famous buildings as the source for sculpting droning noise (not his most original idea).
≥   Copyright © 1999 Piero Scaruffi

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