Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Gilles Gobeil - La Mécanique des Ruptures (Empreintes DIGITALes, 1994)

Gilles Gobeil's first collection of recordings covers a range of his electro-acoustic material dating between 1985 and 1993. Despite the broad time frame, the pieces are bound together by Gobeil's magnetic draw to bursts of sound, frequently of an industrial source or the Ferrari-esque door slam. His sonic events first present themselves as little windows into a scene, until some element leaps through the glass and leaving the prior sounds in a spiral of shards. This approach certainly makes for an action heavy listening experience, something that might exhaust some though I prefer work like to veer a little on the side of mania. A few pieces feature Suzanne Binet-Audet performing on an early electronic instrument called the ondes martenot, similar in sound though not construction to the theremin.

La Mécanique des Ruptures


  1. Great Post. I heard this many years ago, are you familiar with the project Le Contrat he did with Rene Lussier on the same label? (been wanting to hear that for a long while)
    I have Robert Normandeau's Lieux inouis which is also a fine release.

  2. I have and enjoy that album with Lussier. I'll try to up that soon, but may not be able to do it for a week or so as I'm headed on vacation. Lussier is on the third piece on this album and it's rather similar to the full length.

    I have a few Normandeau releases, but not that one. I'll try to hunt it down.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Bon Voyage DB Harps
    re: Lieux inouis - I'll drop a link here for you, save you hunting!

  4. Lieux inouis