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Using extended and unsual techniques of cutting up, scratching, scraping, sanding grooves, even ironing his records, turntabilist Martin Tetreault approaches new music in audacious ways.

Tetreault, Martin
Des pas et des mois

Tetreault, Martin: Des pas et des mois (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques    
Released in: Canada    

"Martin Tétreault is not a standard musician: his instruments are turntables. A specialist of reduction and trafficking, he has been fascinated by vinyl for several years: cutting up, scratching, scraping and even sanding the grooves. He will even go as far as ironing his victims to extract unheard sonorities!

His first album, Des pas et des mois has been conceived with the company of René Lussier, Michel F Côté, Jean Derome and Robert Marcel Lepage. Unwoven rhythms, twisted steps and social dance: Martin Tétreault plays like a mad scientist at mixing genres, creating a narrative music with his recorded samplings and his carefully dosed feedbacks.

Audacious, different, new, this music is related to rock by its humorous energy, and touches the inner rhythms of the modern world."-Ambiances Magnetiques

"Jean Derome. Born Montréal, Québec, 1955. esidence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (saxophones (alto, baritone, soprano), flutes (flute, bass flute, piccolo, alto flute, recorders), keyboards, small wind instruments (ocarinas, jew's harp, game calls, toys...), percussion, invented instruments, voice)

One of the most active and eclectic musicians on the Canadian creative music scene, Jean Derome has managed to earn the recognition of a larger public, a rare feat in that field. Thanks to his large-scale musique actuelle projects, his compositions, his work as an improviser, his jazz groups and his music for the screen and the stage, Derome ranks as a major creative force, in Québec and abroad. He is experienced and innovative on both saxophone and flute, and his unique writing style cannot be mistaken for anyone else's. Sensitive and powerful, his music often features a funny strike that makes its complex nature more inviting.

Ever since Nébu (one of Québec's first avant-garde jazz groups) in the early '70s, Derome has been consistently renewing and diversifying his approach of composition. He impressed audience and critics first with the flute, then with the saxophone, as a lead character in the musique actuelle underground. He took part to the various artists' collectives looking for new ways to express themselves freely, without esthetic or social constraints, including the Ensemble de musique improvisée de Montréal. Later, in the early '80s, he co-founded Ambiances Magnétiques, a collective and record label that raised his profile at home and introduced his name to the outside world. Among his numerous projects, let us mention the duos Les Granules, Nous perçons les oreilles and Plinc! Plonc!, the dynamic group Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, and the large-scale projects Confitures de gagaku, Je me souviens - Hommage à Georges Perec and Canot-camping. Most of these projects are based on a unique form of synergy between composition, structured improvisation and genuine creative madness, all this articulated with unmatched playfulness. In 1992, Derome became the second artist to be presented with the Freddie Stone Award (bassist Lisle Ellis was the first).

Besides improvising on a regular basis with Ambiances Magnétiques' members and appearing in their projects, Derome has also shared the stage with several musicians of international stature, among others Fred Frith, Lars Hollmer, Louis Sclavis and Han Bennink. He performs regularly all over Canada, in the US and in Europe. He received a Prix Opus in 2001 for his exposure abroad.

Lately, jazz circles have been praising his undisputable qualities as a jazzman, thanks to the Thelonious Monk tribute project Évidence, the Normand Guilbeault Ensemble (whose Mingus Erectus CD is devoted to Charles Mingus' music), and the much-lauded Derome Guilbeault Tanguay Trio.

Although Jean Derome writes tirelessly for his own projects, he is much in demand in the fields of film, theatre and dance. A short list of this side of his work would have to include his numerous scores for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), especially for films by John Walker, Jacques Leduc, Fernand Bélanger and animated films by Pierre Hébert, Michèle Cournoyer and Jean Detheux; his incidental music for Théâtre UBU, Théâtre de Quat'Sous and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde; not forgetting his work with several top choreographers, including Louise Bédard, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Daniel Soulières and Ginette Laurin. Other music ensembles have commissioned works from him, including Tuyo, Bradyworks, the Hard Rubber Orchestra from Vancouver and Fanfare Pourpour. Incidentally, Derome is the musical director of the latter.

Over thirty years of music and 70 record credits later, Jean Derome still has sleeves bursting with tricks."

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Product Information:

UPC: 771028101726

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM017CD
Squidco Product Code: 505

Format: CD
Condition: NEW
Released: 1990
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded April 1989 and July 1990 in Montreal, CA by Robert Langlois.


Martin Tetreault-turntables, discs, mounting rhythmic section, wave return with magnetophone, friction on pick-up plateau, guitar solo on pick-up, cassettes, vocals

Rene Lussier-guitar, electric bass, percussion, vocals

Jean Derome-flute, alto saxophone

Michel F. Cote-maracas, acoustic and electric percussion, synthesizer, CD, cassettes, short waves

Robert M. Lepage-clarinet, alto saxophone

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Track Listing:

1 À la maison 1:32

2 L’ouverture 2:29

3 Aux pas 23s

4 La séduction 1:55

5 Leon de samba 1:48

6 Leurs personnalités 2:45

7 La nova de Bossa 3:04

8 Retour prodige 11:00

9 Le bonheur aux pas 2:58

10 Couples de l’est :17

11 Attente covulsive 3:01

12 Tango perdu 1:54

13 Apprenez le cha-cha-cha 1:26

14 C’en est fait 1:04

15 Revenir à la maison :41

16 Dérapage cuivré 1:42

17 Un trois dans un 3:05

18 Septembre 1:03

19 Octobre 2:39

20 Novembre 1:45

21 Décembre :51

22 Janvier 1:53

23 Février 1:39

24 Mars 1:48

25 Avril 1:37

26 Mai 2:07

27 Juin 1:17

28 Juillet 1:13

29 Aot 1:51

30 Le treizième mois 2:33

31 Mes sympathies :49