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Battus, Pascal

Simbol / L'Unique Trait D' Pinceau

Battus, Pascal: Simbol / L'Unique Trait D' Pinceau (Herbal International)

Pascal Battus in a series of compositions realized with recordings of cymbals, using specific techniques that enable him to sustain the sound and allow pure frequencies to emerge as he develops each piece as extended audio journeys based on improv and organized sound.

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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1102-2
Squidco Product Code: 20803

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
CD 1 recorded between November 2008 and June 2009.

CD 2 recorded between December 2007 and September 2009.


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Artist Biographies:

"Sound artist, improviser, composer Pascal Battus develops a practice of sound more attentive to the sound gesture, the listening and the situation which determines them than to a defined instrument: the pickup of guitar (guitar pickup without guitar) , rotating surfaces, the guitar "environnée" (electric guitar on table + micro contact + various objects + electronics), percussion (objects amplified or not), ... His work is regularly broadcast on international airwaves (France Musique, Resonance FM, ...) He has played in Europe, United States of America, Canada, Asia, Middle East, Australia, ... solo or more frequently with other musicians. he often works with dancers, visual artists (video, light, sculpture, ...). He creates Graphones (sound drawings) and co-invents Massages Sonores. His records are published by Potlatch, Corpus Hermeticum, Amor Fati, Another Stamp, Cathnor, Organized Music From Thessaloniki, Herbal International ..."

-Pascal Battus Website (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

CD 1

1. Limb 15:29

2. Mobil 13:52

3. Soil 20:56

CD 2

1. L'Unique Trait D' 1 12:05

2. Percussion Verticale 7:24

3. L'Unique Trait D' 2 11:52

4. Percussion Horizontale 18:46

5. Bouteille Magnétique 16:42

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Simbol is a composition realised with recordings of cymbals, using specific techniques which enable me to sustain the sound and allow pure frequencies selected from the cymbals' upper partials to emerge.

The pieces on L'unique trait de pinceau are close in spirit to improvisation, recordings often made at home in the heat of discovery, with no particular project in mind. Instant writings, unrefined yet complete and more or less unadulterated.

Simbol and L'Unique Trait de Pinceau differ at both the formal and conceptual level - though chance plays an important role in both - but are in the same heuristic vein regarding the notion of sounding gesture and the question of the instrument. A whole host of tools, detournes, taken apart or extended, pushed to their limits, their identity as instruments no longer clear.

Operational chains often present themselves in the act of playing, which, by dint of their complex synergy and the innumerable parameters involved, provide a margin of indeterminacy sufficiently wide to cause the excessive and the delightful unforeseen. Gesture before it becomes action is an opening onto the moment and its potential, furthermore, by not working with the same tools, stable and controlled, I'm forced to find and reinvent gestures I can use, which inevitably lead to accidents and events that take me by surprise."-Pascal Battus, Liner Notes

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Improvised Music
Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Percussion & Drums
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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