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Rives, Stephane: Fibres (Potlatch)

"Fibres" brings together seven circular-breathing soprano sax solos, grouped by Rives into 3 categories including high-pitched tones, breathy emissions and unpitched respiratory flows.

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product information:

Label: Potlatch
Catalog ID: P303
Squidco Product Code: 2507

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: France
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.


Stephane Rives-soprano saxophone

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"Stéphane Rives is part of the current of an improvisation of materials and textures more than games and themes. More trivially, a fucking sound that torments the eardrum and drives the hammers into a panic, opening up gulfs in the understanding. Double simultaneous sounds, high pitch in the splendid isolation of the peaks and breath close to asthma, close to sinewave and the wind which passes in force under the door. The result is a strange almost disturbing abstraction, so much we no longer hear a saxophone but something quite different, without being able to name this something else.

Do not believe that there is a feat here, that in the end it would only be due to technique, to a power of dissimulation, that would be little in the eyes of music. In the granulations, we reach such a decomposition of what constitutes music for academies, that we are literally stunned, pierced by this sonic twist, a metal sander applied to the human ear, revolving sounds tearing shavings from our cultural foundations, uncertainty of what and how."-Michel Henritzi - Review & Corrected

-Stephane Rives Website (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Larsen et le roseau #1 8:43

2. Granulations #1 13:18

3. Granulations #2 6:18

4. Ebranlement #1 4:21

5. Larsen et le roseau #2 18:17

6. Ebranlement #2 2:52

7. Granulations #3 5:33
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"Fibres brings together seven circular-breathing soprano saxophone solos, grouped by Rives into three categories. The two tracks classified as Larsen et le roseau feature a stream of breathy emissions underlying a separate continuous high-pitched line shifting in frequency and intensity as a result of what appear to be both controlled modulations and the inevitable irregularities in the demanding process of simultaneously breathing in and blowing out. In the three "Granulations" the high-pitched line is dispensed with in favour of an exclusive focus on the microscopic world of unpitched respiratory flows through the interior of the saxophone. The final group of two tracks that bear the title Ébranlement (harsh) are rather more difficult to describe, and perhaps the siren-like Ébranlement #1 and the stridulous Ébranlement #2 ultimately share little more than a certain quality of harshness. However that may be, Rives' work across the CD is uniformly excellent. Recordings of experimental solo saxophone run the risk of degenerating into quasi-scientific reports of isolated sonic effects divorced from any interesting musical application, but Fibres fortunately avoids such sterility, not least because of its incorporation of frequent, subtle and engaging shifts of pitch, volume and texture within each track. I was particularly taken with the Granulations, a set of almost aquatic coursings and undulations that seem to represent a signal advance in the peculiar poetry of percolating phlegm that a small band of advanced reeds and brass players have been developing over the last decade. This is without doubt difficult and demanding music that demands repeated close listening in favorable circumstances and may well prove wholly inaccessible to many, but it is well worth expending some time and attention on, for it holds out to the sympathetic listener a rewarding intricacy of improvised passages with which to engage."-Wayne Spencer, Paristransatlantic

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
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