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Chamaeleo Vulgaris: Ouverture Facile

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You better strap in for this one: it's a relentlessly post-modern excursion into the possibilities of noise, of static, of crossed expectations. Tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler is on hand, and he is a fine musician with a raw intensity and a fiery attack. He is surrounded here by wild and unusual sounds, courtesy Bertrand Perrin (sampler), Frédérick Galiay (electric bass and electronic thingies) and Jean-Sébastien Mariage (more electronics, plus guitar).

Denzler himself contributes some of the effects, which the sound of a howling, chuffing animal to a keening and chaos that could serve as the soundtrack to an earthquake movie, complete with rumbles and groans from the deep, static as if from a poor radio signal, far away vacant random noises, howls from hell, thrashing chaos, and simple hiss.

In and out of this stalk the instrumentalists. Galiay has a fine bowed string solo on "miniature I." Denzler burns through the middle portion of "Sermo Generalis." Mariage has a good moment on "Les Lèvres." And they shine here and there all through.

This is a formidable chunk of sound from the outer edges.


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Title: Ouverture Facile | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Leo Records

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