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Favriou, Fabrice: Phases (Creative Sources)

Six distinct "phases" of entrancing drones performed on an unprepared but slightly damaged harmonium by French improviser Monsieur Favriou, demonstrating the timbral range of the pedal-pumped reed organ.

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UPC: 5609063402056

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs205
Squidco Product Code: 16335

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Fabrice Favriou in France in September 2011 and March 2012 at home-garage-studio.


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Artist Biographies:

"Fabrice Favriou is a trained drummer who has become a guitarist by occupational hazard, and who has also endeavoured thus far to learn to don't play harmonium decently, with some success.

Influenced by contemporary music from the future, impossible musics and decadent rock music, he composes, improvises and actively plays live on survivor scene. Mindful of placement and the relationship between space and silence, he regularly creates music for contemporary dance.

Fabrice Favriou is an attentive rambler, attracted to the sounds of an urban environment, such as the noises of power transformers, all types of turbines, used neon tubes, or the palpitations of controlled mechanical ventilation systems which inspire his work with drones, undulations, dephase vibrations, cyclical, off-centre gestures and continuums..."

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track listing:

1. Phase 1 5:09

2. Phase 2 7:28

3. Phase 3 8:05

4. Phase 4 10:26

5. Phase 5 8:11

6. Phase 6 10:56
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Even if in the very first seconds of this album, you could think about someone in the act of fixing a broken intercom, this eccentric multi-instrumentist was meddling with an harmonium when he recorded this release at home-garage-studio.

Due to its quite high cost of maintenance, the resulting disappearance from churches (where it was mostly used) and the coming of more cheap electronic or electric instruments, this fascinating instrument close to accordion, but completely different from the technical viewpoint, maybe lost its notoriety, even if many musicians know its particular acoustics, its piercing timbre. Moreover harmonium's feature of keeping distinguishable different tones, even when they are played together, was particularly appreciated by tuning testers.

On "Phases", Fabrice Favriou manages to extract six very interesting pieces, mainly based on modulations and microtonal variations through changes of pumping pressure, and you could be astonished by the impressive timbral possibilities as well as by similarities with other instruments which can be emulated by harmonium, so that while listening some of his six phases, you could even think that Fabrice is playing a distorted guitar or a brass. From the stylistical viewpoint, "Phases" sounds consistent with previous collaborations or releases by Monsieur Favriou, who seems to compel listeners to a sort of sound-induced trance through proper drones, untiring perforations or long-lasting dilutions of single note."-Vito Camarretta, Chain D.L.K.

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