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Inspired by the ice storm that ravaged large parts of Quebec and Ontario, "Au Coeur du Litige" is a radiophonic work consisting at its core of a series of solo clarinet improvisations.

Houle, Francois
Au Coeur du Litige [2 CDs]

Houle, Francois : Au Coeur du Litige [2 CDs] (Spool)
Label: Spool    
Released in: Canada    

"Au Coeur du Litige is a radiophonic work consisting at its core of a series of solo clarinet improvisations. Subsequently stripped of their innocence and simplicity through digital manipulations these solos become a dense web within which there is a multiplicity of threads to explore. The project, inspired by the ice storm that ravaged large parts of Quebec and Ontario, makes use of an innovative live interactive electroacoustic set-up inspired by current works in the field of audio research. Technically speaking, the work aims to free the instrumentalist from the electroacoustic domain's usual constraints, and to generate a sound world more akin to improvisation-based environment, in which the performer plays a decision making role." -Excerpt from François Houle's liner notes

"Au coeur du litige is a masterpiece, a bomb and a revelation. ... With this work, Houle delivers one of his most important and meaningful accomplishments. There is no doubt in my mind that this album will be one of the most significant ones in 2000. This is worth my strongest recommendation." -François Couture, Unheard

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Product Information:

UPC: 778224112921

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPF302
Squidco Product Code: 15059

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Canada
Packaging: 2 CDs in a Triple Jewel Tray Box, Unsealed
CD 1 recorded on October 19th & 20th, 1998 at Radio-Canada Studio 12, Montreal by Pierre Leger. CD 2 recorded on February 10th & 11th, 2000 at Blue Wave Productions, Vancouver by Shawn Pierce.


Francois Houle-tape realizations, voice, clarinets, prepared piano, flutes, electronics

Therese Champagne-voice

Robert Zajtmann-voice

Paul Shatto-voice

Sheila McDonald-violin

Helene Prevost-ice storm recording

Nicole Brossard-reader

Ron Samworth-electric guitar, electronics

Chris Tarry-electric bass, voice, electronics

Dylan van der Schyff-percussion, electronics

Tony Wilson-electric guitar

Dan Gagnon-turntable, sampling

John Korsrud-trumpet

Catriona Strang-reader

Nancy Shaw-reader

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Au Coeur Du Litige: Gresil 1:20

2. Au Coeur Du Litige: Black Triangle 4:25

3. Au Coeur Du Litige: Mon Coeur 5:39

4. Au Coeur Du Litige: L'Immigrant 1:49

5. Au Coeur Du Litige: Allegories 6:31

6. Au Coeur Du Litige: Epilogue 2:47

7. Blinks: Blink I 3:52

8. Blinks: Air Froid 3:03

9. Blinks: Blink II 2:35

10. Periode Monochrome 8:21

11. Cryogenic Nightmare 11:58

12. En Attendant La Neige 3:49

CD 2

1. Brace 2:17

2. Skronk I 1:10

3. Ice 6:06

4. Snowbirds 6:58

5. Watt 2:17

6. Ghosting 8:39

7. Skronk II 5:15

8. The Woodcarver's Wife 7:44

9. Rive Sud 15:04

10. Fleur De Peau 5:18

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