Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore
(Pogus Productions P-21041-2, 2006, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

Montreal Sound Matter / Montréal Matière Sonore Cover art

Experimental and Avant-Garde are words that should be used loosely for they reach far too wide. On the surface, that is evidently what we have here in this conglomeration of mainly Canadian artists. Were these paintings, they would more than likely be ascribed to Dada or aural Cubism. These are academic exercises and that makes them no less thrilling or engaging. Experiments in broadening the horizon of musical boundary. Marcel Duchamp on a hot buttered roll. André Breton with a wig caught underneath the gears of a unicycle. The juxtaposition of things that can hardly be heard with toe-tapping in mind. Pensive and moody inner ear explorations, calisthenics for brains impenetrable, washed dishes for a meal of sautéed air. A mental ectopy revealed for the sake of thoughtful realignment. The polemics of an aboriginal swansong. Nutrients in transmission. Creaking is guitar, movement as art, nature's melody for those who choose to see: music is all around me. Static, tapping, wind, birds, breaking glass, crackling fire; all sharing the same proximity to the primordial. Here are the new cartographers of Luciano Berio and Ilhan Mimaroglu. Nocturnal salamanders in pastiche. Chameleon ghouls erasing footprints in a vacuum. Solitude unearthed, mysteries revealed, careful placement as a tool of definition. See how much you can lose yourself and simply be. . . unfettered and snug in the recognition that you, we, us, and this, are already whole – part of a continuum ending in the place where definitions of something such as this magnanimously cease existing.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Various Artists

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Michel Sajrawy - Yathrib – The nine tracks presented on Yathrib not only attempt to bridge Arabic traditional composition forms, western jazz idioms and progressive rock, they also bridge the cultural differences (Christian,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues