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Lareau, Charles


Lareau, Charles: Stasis (CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD) (Eh?)

Sound artist Charles Lareau, a member of Naturaliste with Bryan Day, Chris Fischer & Lonnie Methe, in six solo compositions of assertive electronics and noise, using recordings, found sounds and various electronics while often incorporating his environment to add aural excitement and unexpected moments between sections of slowly shifting, static textures.

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Label: Eh?
Catalog ID: eh?121
Squidco Product Code: 33262

Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded in Shanghai, China, in 2021 and 2022.


Charles Lareau-tapes, electronics

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"On the cassette arm of the Public Eyesore, we find new music from Charles LaReau. We know him as a member of Naturaliste (see Vital Weekly 1270) and his Fluxion release (Vital Weekly 1295). In 2005, he moved to South Korea, then Beijing and now lives in Hangzhou. LaReau has a label called Bluescreen. Already active since the late 1990s, his music uses field recordings, analogue synthesizers and cassettes.

On this new cassette, we find six pieces of "recordings/found sounds and various electronics", and three are live recordings. The title Stasis is well chosen, I think. In all of these pieces, there is not a lot of change. It is as if LaReau find a sweet spot in his environment and captured that particular moment. A ventilator shaft in a building, for instance. However, whatever else happens in such a location is not ignored. A door opening, for instance, gives a piece a random approach with, at times, a surprising result. Buzzing and whirring, these sounds appear, perhaps, a bit random and also a bit lo-fi, but these are also highly captivating pieces of music.

Because of the level of obscured sounds, it is never easy to figure out what is what here, I have no idea what I am hearing. I don't mind, as long as it sounds fascinating and that it surely does. In all its apparent minimalism, there is a lot to enjoy here. 'Airwaves' is LaReau's noisiest, but that's all relative. 'Trajectory', the final and longest piece on this cassette, is the only piece that may use an instrument. At least, that's what I think. It might be some field recordings being fed through stomp boxes. Fascinating stuff!"-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

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Artist Biographies

Charles Lareau is a sound artist, performing under the names Das Torpedoes, Bull's Blood, and Voost Viszt, and a member of the group Naturaliste with Bryan Day, Chris Fischer & Lonnie Methe.

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Track Listing:


1. Aixst00 04:41

2. Transistor 07:12

3. Algosphere 07:41


1. 0Ii0I 04:59

2. Airwaves 02:30

3. Trajectory 13:06

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