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Barabe, Charles

De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Barabe, Charles : De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Victoriaville, Quebec electronic composer Charles Barbare creates abstract electroacoustic works, here in an impressive 6-movement work that covers a wide ground from minimalistic rhythmic sections to time-stretched voices and electronics to musique mystery, his inquisitive approach allowing his scores to unfold in decipherable, dramatic and coherent ways.

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Edition of 175 tapes w/digital download.

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS071
Squidco Product Code: 26241

Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded between April 2017 and January 2018.


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Artist Biographies:

"Charles Barabé has been practicing the art of musical recording for a little over fifteen years. His music is a ghostly mix of abstract and concrete, memories (old home recordings) and cultural references (often related to a childhood memory), presenting as stigmas of the past. It is the music of man's limits as a being haunted by his emotions carrying his entire life on his shoulders, which is often too heavy for anyone who is not a professional walker.

He has also written and directed several feature films in different genres, passing without transition from realism (the Muscovites, Little Canadian Christmas) to a more fantastic form of realism (Fosse, Rémi), and sometimes even leaving a large place to the irrational or the unresolved enigma, venturing then to the borders of onirism (Winter, Lézaureil Kilyve, the electric shadows). His intimate stories centered on a few characters explore different themes, including the difficulty of interrelations, the suffering of life in society and the loneliness of the man who refuses to comply. In 2012, he created his own label, La Cohu , which will soon pass the milestone of thirty issues."

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track listing:


1. Mouvement I 10:09

2. Mouvement II 3:46

3. Mouvement III 7:45


1. Mouvement IV 5:55

2. Mouvement V 13:53

3. Mouvement VI 1:10
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When Charles reached out to Astral about doing a release for him I was absolutely floored! As many in the tape culture world, I have a lot of Charles Barabe tapes and they are all amazing. However, I wasn't so sure how exactly it would fit into the world of Astral Spirits...and per Charles' own words in an initial email: "The recordings I've sent you are something like a new turn in my work... and it's quite different from what I release in the past... well, you'll see..." Indeed I did. With "De la fragilite" Barabe incorporates a much broader scope in terms of the entire album acting as a symphony of sorts. Incorporating 6 mouvements that range from musique concrete, minimalism (and not necessarily in the repetitive sort of way), even "mouvement III" stretches into moments of Kenneth Gaburo-esque uses of voices and electronics. And to put it in less wordy terms, just put the album on and let it play, time will dissipate as the sounds unfold ever so patiently and slowly. Without getting too much into references, Barabe has indeed made a "new turn" with "De la fragilite." To me it stands as an extremely bold and important statement in Barabe's discography. I hope you feel so as well. More than anything it's just an incredibly beautiful album...well, you'll see..."-Astral Spirits

Edition of 175 tapes w/digital download.
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