Tuesday, May 18, 2010

[RM 439] Richard Chartier - A Field For Mixing (Album) CD 2010

Richard Chartier - A Field For Mixing
Label: Room40
Catalog#: RM439
Format: CD, Album
Country: Australia
Released: 20 Mar 2010
Genre: Electronic, Non-Music
Style: Field Recording, Minimal

Credits: Photography - Richard Chartier

1 Fields For Recording 1-8 48:30
2 A Desk For Mixing 22:00

Richard Chartier’s monochromatic aesthetic has come to define an audio culture surrounding minimalism. His craftsmanship, working predominately with sounds that exist at the edges of perception is a powerful, albeit subtle statement about notions of space and sound density.

With ‘A Field For Mixing’, Chartier brings the physicality of space directly into his compositional practise. Recording a variety of small and large spaces in countries from Australia through Japan and the USA, Chartier utilises the unique properties of these spaces to create a newly defined acoustic space – one that resonates with his characteristic treatments.

Dedicated to Steve Roden, the near 50 minute piece is an wholly engaging journey. It contracts and expands with a curious sense of depth that at times is utterly absorbing – drawing the listener deeper and deeper into the acoustic layers as one aspect is added and another withdrawn.

The second piece A Desk For Mixing (dedicated to William Basinski) is equally measured. Based on his site-specific installation work “Mixing Desk’ presented at the Montalvo Art Centre in 2006, this stereo rendering expands the themes on the installation into a gentle swelling ocean of post-ambiences and high frequency statics. Elegant and immersive.

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