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Loubatiere / Warnecke: Couleurs Chimeriques (BeCoq)

An album of rich aural environments contrasted with clamorous action and disintegrating sound from the duo of French percussionist Rodolphe Loubatiere performing on snare drum and Berlin-based sound sculptor Pierce Warnecke, their second album as a duo presenting a sophisticated and diverse set of compositions that both entrance and disrupt their listeners.

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Label: BeCoq
Catalog ID: BeCoq32
Squidco Product Code: 25464

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold


Rodolphe Loubatiere-snare drum

Pierce Warnecke-laptop and electronics

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Artist Biographies:

"Rodolphe Loubatière has performed solo and with Cyril Meysson, Bertrand Gauguet, Pascal Battus, Laurain et Yoann Durant, Avec Olivier Dumont, Grand ensemble, Franck Vigroux, VLL with Vinz Vonlanthen and Antoine Läng, and RYR with Romain Dugelay and Yoann Durant."

-Rodolphe Loubatiere Website (

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"Pierce Warnecke. Born in California in 1983, Pierce Warnecke worked for 10 years in France before graduating from Berklee College of Music de Boston. He currently lives in Berlin and in 2013 completed his Meisterschüler studies at Universität der Kunst, in Berlin (Kunst und Medien - with Dr Alberto de Campo). He is a media artist whose focus is equally split between aural and visual mediums and the many types of relationships between them.

"My work stems from interest in the effects of time on matter: modification, deterioration and disappearance. Whether the focus is on digital forms or rough materials, large scales of time or microscopic details, the goal of my work is to re-adapt existing objects and materials into parallel contexts where their signified meanings, symbols and cultural connections have become residual ghosts. I like to imagine false paradigms, inexistent branches of research and fictional sciences in order to create unrealistic questionings as a basis for a new work. Form emerges through a process of collecting, filtering and combining phenomena (objects, data, sounds, images) that is linked to the conjecture. There are explorations and structures in this 'research' but no conclusions, except the ones you make."

In addition to solo performaces and installations, Pierce collaborates with Matthew Biederman and Frank Bretschneider, as well as co-curating Emitter Micro Festival and Label.

He has presented his works at CTM, KW Institut (Berlin), ORF Muskiprotokoll,, Semibreve Festival, CTM Festival, Zero1 Biennale, MADEiRADiG Festival, Transmediale, Bozart/BEAF (Brussels), LEAP (Berlin), Harvestworks (NY), Luggage Store Gallery (SF), Berklee College of Music (Boston), CalArts (LA), Boston Cyberarts, Mirage Festival, Vidéoformes, SXSW Interactive and more. He has released music on Khalija, Staaltape, Gaffer, Attenuation Circuit and Gruenrekorder."

-Transmediale (

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track listing:

1. Ombre brute 5:30

2. Monotype 5:48

3. Vide speculaire 3:38

4. Bistre 1:32

5. Anthracite 3:02

6. Chimerique 11:07

7. Ocre 3:32

8. Echec metamerique 5:22

9. Viride 4:19

10. Cinabre 7:15
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"As often told before, running a blog like this can become a source of frustration and regret, both caused by the lethal combination "perennial lack of time/squandered time for useless releases/meriting records remaining concealed somewhere in a box amidst thousands of equally overlooked items". Based on this, receiving a meaningful signal from hitherto unknown artists causes a rare burst of enthusiasm in this reviewer, if only for having heard something gripping that requires to be spread around a little bit. Such is the case of percussionist Rodolphe Loubatière (here exclusively employing a snare drum) and laptop/electronics manager Pierce Warnecke, Couleurs Chimériques being their second album as an improvising couple.

The first adjective that comes to mind as I'm listening to these tracks is "animate". When a genuine intention of exploring exists, no instrumental limitation can prevent anyone from extracting bewitching matters from a reduced palette. Loubatière seems capable of bringing out every possible nuance from the drum, aided by a brilliant work of decomposition and demineralization by Warnecke. Quite intelligently, each track changes the scenario completely from the preceding one. Becoming acquainted with a resonant drone only to get confused by a series of unremorseful squeaks and squeals shortly thereafter; believing in a temporary quietness just to find the duo assaulting our ears with all sorts of intrinsic micro-explosions, bizarre anti-rhythms and submerged utterances. This goes on throughout the program, the listener never allowed to predict anything, merely perceiving the moment (as fractured, crumbled and short-waved as it may be) and enjoying an awful lot of exciting dynamic subtleties.

This is a typical example of sonic investigation imbued with honesty and adventurousness in proportionate doses. Its sharp vibrancy stimulates for the entire duration, no weak points whatsoever. The picture that lingers on is that of an inexhaustible flame that no evil wind will be able to extinguish; it's the fire of earnest creativity. Let's wait for the next moves by these nice guys."-Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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Electro-Acoustic Improv
Improvised Music
Electronic Forms
Percussion & Drums
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