Found in Splendid

Subject: Found in Splendid
From: Ian Chuprun (
Date: Mon Nov 01 1999 - 13:25:36 EST

In this weeks edition of Splendid's AT A Glance section:

Robert Normandeau / Figures / empreintes DIGITALes (CD)

Normandeau's most recent release collects four compositions:
"La Renard et La Rose", "Figures de Rhetorique", "Venture"
and Ellipse". "La Renard et La Rose" combines, in largely
unrecognizable form, the audio and musical soundtracks from
a radio dramatization of The Little Prince; if nothing else,
you'll probably never look at Antoine de Saint-Exupery the
same way again. "Figures de Rhetorique", created for tape
and piano, is the most overtly musical piece, while
"Venture" comments on the states of existence via heavily
manipulated slices of rock music. "Ellipse," which closes
the disc, is one half of a sonic dialogue with guitarist
Arturo Parra; you get the call, sans response, or vice
versa. Of these pieces, "Figures de Rhetorique" is the most
conventionally ear-pleasing, while "Venture" offers the most
overtly intriguing set of sounds. All four works are dynamic
and stirring, making this an excellent starting point for
the empreintes DIGITALes universe. -- gz

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