"field factory"

The imaginary soundscapes

(Frédéric Nogray & Stéphane Rives)

℗ 2014 Taalem - alm101

VITAL WEEKLY / number 960 / week 50

Frans de Waard


In the ever-expanding universe of Taalem, now over 100 releases, three new additions, reviewed in order of appearance in the Taalem catalogue. The first one is by French duo Stephane Rives and Frederic Nogray. They already had a release on Ruptured (see Vital Weekly 802). Rives normally plays saxophone but on this release he is responsible for 'mixing and editing of recordings from his daily life and sound environment, sometimes using samples of his own discography' while Nogray creates 'feedbacks caused and moderated by three effects pedals, general mixing and editing in real time', recorded in Beirut, where Rives lives. Now this is something different than the usual release on Taalem. It's dark, it's drone like - that is not strange - but The Imaginary Soundscapes add an element of noise to it, although perhaps noise is not the right word. It's perhaps more abstract than much of the ambient releases on Taalem. The processed feedback makes up a fine, sustaining field of sound and the field recordings in here do not come in some long form but rather in a more collage like form