All doubt about cdr being the true successor to the cassette days of the mid-eighties slowly disappear, and this new series helps. Each of the cd comes in white sleeve, with a signature and stamp of each artist. A bit like RRRecords’ Pure serie, but more arty. Regular contributors to the Aphasia sound these boys are of course the first to be on this series, since Atmoject is the Aphasia label. toy.bizarre is the coming man, who more and more has beautiful releases out. Somebody who loves to go out armed with a microphone and DAT machine and when back home treats the sound on his harddisk. The first, very long, track is a long drone piece with some nasty pitched sound (not piercing). Very ambient, and moving in your head or room... beautifull. The other three are collage pieces of drones intercepted by crackling, hisses and abrupt moves. These works reminded me of the work of Roel Meelkop (with whom is recording a work now). Watch the name of toy.bizarre !
Richard Johnson (Aphasia) is curating something of a kitchen-table neo-GRM with this series of CD-Rs. Three beautiful albums of highly experimental musique concrète and sonic Dada have emerged so far, each limited to 100 copies and marked with an distinctive "signature." (...)
Limoges cathedral bells toll infinitely throughout "C- Piece Avec Cloches, Vers et Os," the 39-minute opener of Toy Bizarre’s KDI DCTB 48 : Musique Pour Bernard Clarisse (envelope marked with TB’s [Cédric Peyronnet] tempra hand-and-thumbprints). Uncorrupted resonances, decaying overtones and shimmering undertones even deeper than those heard in Thomas Köner’s gong recordings - made profoundly chilling by occasional scratchings sourced from worms and bones. Composed to accompany an online exhibition of Clarisse paintings, "A- Asklepios" and "B- Paysages Detournes" also rely upon these "subterranean sounds," but Peyronnet augments his palette with voice and other "primitive" sources in relation to elements predominant in Clarisse’s art (fire, voice, church bells). Both pieces flit texturally between arrangements of complex sound poetry and subsonics so abruptly that the CD may or may not be defective - I’m still not sure which ! (...).