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Tetreault, Martin: Snipettes! [2 CDs] (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Two CDs from experimental electronic artist Martin Tetreault; one a studio work from 1991-92 using sampling, the second a collection of various experimental works recorded between 1984 and 86.

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Martin Tétreault-turntables, electronics

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UPC: 771028115020

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_150
Squidco Product Code: 7899

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Canada
Packaging: 2 CDs in cardstock foldover
Recorded between 1984 and 1986, and between 1991 and 1992.

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"Snipettes! and Morceaux choisis were first released in 1992 as a limited-edition cassette, in a run of 250 numbered copies (today out of print), Archives Magnétiques (ARM 02)

Snipettes! 1991-1992. It had already been two years since the release of Des pas et des mois (AM 017 CD). Given the surprise success of that first CD, I was looking for a way to make another studio work with the help of precious acolytes. The experience with René Lussier, Michel F Côté & Co. had been so stimulating, I wanted to push my explorations further down that path. But production costs, way too high at the time, forced me to abandon this idea early on. And so I began to hunt for a virtual back-up band. What I was mostly looking for was a rhythm section with whom I could perform various kinds of solos by borrowing from techniques I had previously developed on the turntable. After numerous auditions, I finally selected Eddie Osborne, Baldwin Organ & Bongos (Audio Fidelity asfd 5974). It was the perfect record: the instrumentation was simple - organ and percussion - and the songbook (popular music) easy to recognize. And as a bonus, I still had a soft spot for the ballroom melodies I had featured on Des Pas et des Mois (AM 017 CD). So I made this LP my own, at a time when the sampling issue was heatedly debated. It was the early '90s. After a few work-outs with this new invisible orchestra, the idea came to me of pairing this record of instrumental popular music with what seemed to me its complete opposite: contemporary music and musique concrète. A wonderful musical fantasy we rarely get the chance to witness, either on record or on stage The collaboration took place side by side, between two record players (an automatic Garrard and a belt-driven Thorens) and a careful selection of instrumental records of serious music, easy to find at ridiculously low prices back in the '80s. Of course, it was all second-hand. Tracks 2 through 10 present the fruits of this historical meeting. Eddie Osborne is featured on all tracks but track 4.

Morceaux choisis 1984-1986. As its title implies, Morceaux choisis (Selected Pieces) is a collection of various experimental works recorded between 1984 and 1986. Back then, I had no knowledge of recording and editing techniques. I was using reel-to-reel tape recorders acquired here and there without paying attention to their condition. I was also salvaging pre-recorded magnetic tape bougth the same way. You could say that it was a very "low-tech" recycling operation. This reissue retains all the original awkwardness. The only change I made happens in track 23 _Fear No. 3, where the spoken fragment "... d'arrêter votre magnétophone..." ("... to stop your tape player...") has become "... votre lecteur de disque compact..." ("... your CD player..."), a necessary adjustment for this CD reissue."-Martin Tétreault

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Track Listing:

CD 1: Snipettes

1. Évocation historique 1:25

2. Gagarine, USS Enterprise and a cosmic peddler audio 4:32

3. Bozetti frénétique 1:36

4. Spock commente :10

5. Au sud de la frontiere: déserts 2:22

6. Blues des déserts en feu 2:52

7. Étude perfide 2:09

8. Randonnée 1:33

9. Data queue 1:10

10. Sainte-Arcana 2:53

11. Évocation cosmique 1:21

CD 2: Morceaux Choisis

12. Peur no 1. :50

13. Évocation préhistorique :40

14. La taille du disque audio 3:21

15. Aiguille d'os 3:43

16. Bien-être extra-ordinaire 2:05

17. Peur no 2 :08

18. Placébo (double-aveugle) 1:11

19. Âmes animées 1:37

20. Fierté 2:35

21. Concret et ludique :47

22. The political Kurtzweil on the market 3:24

23. Peur no 3 31:26

Related Categories of Interest:

Ambiances Magnetiques
Improvised Music
Musique Actuelle
Electro-Acoustic Improv
April 2007
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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