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Here’s a curious collection of ‘70s synth experiments from O’Malley’s ever-reliable Recollection GRM in this third edition of the ‘Traces’ series which compiles short and little-known oddities from the GRM archives. This one has four pieces on, by Charles Clapaud, Janez Maticic, Servio Tulio Marin and Eugeniusz Rudnik. Clapaud’s piece is a two-parter, the ...

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 03 July 2014

Here’s a curious collection of ‘70s synth experiments from O’Malley’s ever-reliable Recollection GRM in this third edition of the ‘Traces’ series which compiles short and little-known oddities from the GRM archives. This one has four pieces on, by Charles Clapaud, Janez Maticic, Servio Tulio Marin and Eugeniusz Rudnik.

Clapaud’s piece is a two-parter, the first half contains rumbling layers of drone which are joined by increasingly chaotic bursts of harsh staccato tones and pulsating cosmic flutters, while act two is far more minimal, dispensing of the drones for a more detailed and twitchy passage with an hallucinatory sound collage type feel, although towards the end it grows into something much more cacophonous and chaotic. The side then closes with Maticic’s piece, full of slow and understated sci-fi hums and beeps, making me feel like I’ve been beamed onto Doctor Who’s Tardis in the mid-’70s.

Turn it over and Marin is doing something much more disjointed and paranoid, the sleeve notes telling me that the sounds consist of “the shape and height of a concrete, granular texture...being transformed” while being “interrupted at several stages by various interfering elements with opposite natures”. It’s the most harshly experimental and “difficult” of the four pieces collected here, although Rudnik’s closer ‘Moulin Diabolique’ runs it close with a six-movement deconstruction of military marches in various languages, processed and blurred around gnarled electronic ambience in a rather monstrous but strangely compelling way.


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