L’AARQLMEDAL’A… review : « Le Souffle de L’Avorton » in THE WIRE

18 Juin

Chronique / Review : L’Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Etait Due A L’Autopsie « Le Souffle De L’Avorton » (Chienne Secréte/Komma Null LP)

wire mag. july 2013

Most people are unfamiliar with the works of 17th century composer Jean-Philippe Borbollono. This may be because at birth, as the extensive historical notes with the release reveal, “His mother dies of an amniotic embolism and the little Jean-Philippe, a puny newborn, is declared physically dead and, straight away, his body goes missing. » Yet Borbollono communicates from the other side, “dictating his pieces through the medium of dreams” to Couperin, Ravel, Debussy, Messiaen, Pierre I-lenry, Jean-Michel Jarre and The Gypsy Kings. Such is the absurd and delicious concept behind the latest instalment from L’Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Etait Due A L’Autopsie, a group which includes Anla Courtis. The music varies from disjointed prepared piano to microphone-shredding barrages of overblown recorders or whistles in the “Effects Physiques » section to overlapping percussion pieces and ghostly voiced string droning for the “Effects Psychiques” and was, it is claimed, recorded in a coal mine in Wattignies, France on 31 November 1994 – a day that does not exist.

THE WIRE, July 2013

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