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Tetreault, Martin / Kid Koala: Phon-O-Victo (Les Disques Victo)

Actuelle turntablist Martin Tetrault meets with radical hip-hop DJ Kid Koala at the 22nd Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in energetic duos filled with humor and instrumental acrobatics.

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UPC: 777405010728

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: VICCD107
Squidco Product Code: 8895

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at the 22nd Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville on May 21st, 2005.


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Artist Biographies:

"Martin Tétreault. Born Saint-Jean-Baptiste-de-Rouville, Québec, 1957. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (turntable), Artist.

Martin Tétreault is an internationally-renowned sound artist based in Montréal. He is a leading figure in improvisation using turntables, unusual vinyl surfaces and objects. Tétreault's trajectory includes various productions on compact disc and live performances with a range of collaborators: Diane Labrosse, René Lussier, Érik M, Michel F Côté, i8u, Otomo Yoshihide, Xavier Charles, Kid Koala, and many more. He is the composer and director of a turntable quartet Quatuor de tourne-disques founded in 2006. His work has appeared under several labels including Ambiances magnétiques, Erstwhile, Japanimprov, Oral, Victo and Vand'œuvre. Commissioned for music, dance, theatre, poetry and installation, Tétreault has been the recipient of many grants and awards."

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track listing:

1. Drum-o-scope 5:09

2. Michel au pays des merveilles 8:37

3. Pluto attack (la revanche des exclus) 3:21

4. Godzilla a les blues 5:48

5. L'île aux trésors ? 5:10

6. No, fantaisy island ! 4:05

7. The DJ Factory turn crazy 6:02
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"If you think all turntablists are alike, think again. Case in point: this off-the-wall collaboration between experimental turntablist Martin Tétreault and famous left-field DJ Kid Koala. Now, there is a long way between left-field and experimental -- if the Kid's music is exciting and original in its own right, it sounds pretty "normal" compared to Tétreault's experiments in noise and abstraction (his longstanding duo with Otomo Yoshihide is his best-known project). On the invitation of the Victoriaville FIMAV festival, Tétreault and Koala worked on a duo set that would bridge their differences through what they had in common: a fondness for old self-help and demonstration records. Humor was thus on the agenda. They also decided to bring with them a hefty load of records by other artists on the festival's bill that year (2005, that is), so you can catch bits of Anthony Braxton's saxophone and Yamatsuka Eye's inhuman yelps in there, among other things. Most importantly, though, the two turntablists actually worked out their collaboration in advance, instead of simply having their "first meeting" on-stage. Transitional cuts and cues were determined to lead the way through a set of roughly sketched pieces. The live concert was a blast, funny and lighthearted. Phon-O-Victo, the CD documenting it, is a bit more demanding. Only 38 minutes of the performance ended up on the disc, and those are, for the most part, the more abstract parts of the set. Why? Because of licensing issues with the more commercial or more easily identifiable material. As a result, Phon-O-Victo will feel like an easier listen for Tétreault fans (this is the lightest album he has released since Des Pas et des Mois), but Koala fans will find it to be his most difficult release to date. Difficult, not bad. In fact, Koala displays an uncanny level of creativity here, and despite the missing encore based on "Moon River," this CD is packed with fun moments, from a self-educational bit about DJing (in "The DJ Factory Turn Crazy") to a marvelously inappropriate combination of blues singing and slowed-down moans ("Godzilla a les Blues"). Highly recommended."-François Couture, All Music

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Related Categories of Interest:

December 2007
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Musique Actuelle
Duo Recordings
Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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