Outward Sound Ensemble
Cloudburst
Discus 17CD
(2004)
Available formats: CD/DL

 

“A tremendously subtle work for which you need to devote the hour’s attention it deserves as it slowly reveals its secrets, like a labyrinth…..an amazingly vivid sound….. you can almost smell the freshmints on the breath of the two Canadian performers….. Measured, quiet and deliberative, producing effects that are etherial and fugitive, but there’s no concealing the wiry strength at the core” – Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector

Almost in the direction of some AMM or the new reductionist school of improvisors, but somehow more dronelike and textural.

Chris Meloche – electroacoustic guitar
Herb Bayley – trombone
Martin Archer – violectronics

OSE is an Ontario based duo, formed in 2002, with Archer as special guest on this release. The music is a 60 minute realtime improvisation by the duo, playing alongside prerecorded material from Archer. This minimal and evocative music is described by the duo as “realtime soundscape diffusion”, and is made with no overdubbing, no edits, and no mixing console to balance the sound, just the sparse instrumentation listed. Almost in the direction of some AMM or the new reductionist school of improvisors, but somehow more dronelike and textural. And a great moment when a huge thunderstorm starts mid way into the recording.

For further information visit
chrismeloche.com

17CD - Outward Sound Ensemble
23CD - Outward Sound Ensemble
23CD
Outward Sound Ensemble
Thunder In A Clear Sky

Reviews

“A tremendously subtle work for which you need to devote the hour’s attention it deserves as it slowly reveals its secrets, like a labyrinth…..an amazingly vivid sound….. you can almost smell the freshmints on the breath of the two Canadian performers….. Measured, quiet and deliberative, producing effects that are etherial and fugitive, but there’s no concealing the wiry strength at the core” – Ed Pinsent, Sound Projector

“Essential” – Philippe Renaud, Improjazz

“For this opulent, absorbing release, the prolific Martin Archer joins forces with the improvisng duo of Herb Bayley and Chris Meloche. Closer to the dark ambient stylings of, say, :zoviet*france: or Main than hardcore Improv, it swathes a wealth of instrumental detail in the reverb-drenched atmospherics of Archer’s processed violin. Occasionally over saturated with this sepulchral echo. it’s nevertheless a hugely enjoyable 60 minutes. Bayley’s miniature splutters and smears dance around the stereo spectrum, showing his inventive use of the binaural mic system, and the thunderstorm that appears two thirds of the way through adds more than a touch of magic to the session” – Keith Moline, WIRE

“It’s an eery experience, akin to the emptiness, sense of personal insignificance, but also wonder that may be experienced when listening to Gyorgy Lygeti’s orchestral music or the final disc of Pan Sonic’s Kesto. There is much detail here and a sense of conscious, sensitive interaction in an alien language. This is perhaps all the more fascinating because the source of these sounds are such traditional musical instruments. The feeling grows that whatever is taking place has little to do with human civilisation and is occurring at a great distance from habitation. Cloudburst is a remarkable piece of… well what? Perhaps the most recognisable description would be soundscaping, but this seems to imply something too earthbound, too rooted for a work that is so penumbral and frequently so alien. When recalled it holds a haunting place in the memory. Whatever term may be applied to Cloudburst, it is a very impressive sonic performance.” – Colin Buttimer BBC

Translate »

You can buy your CD or DL either direct from Discus Music or from Bandcamp. The prices and the postage charges are the same on both sites, but Bandcamp will charge you VAT on DL only purchases. Whichever site you choose, the DL element is delivered to your Bandcamp collection.

Discus pays a 10% commission to Bandcamp on sales there, but if you buy direct from Discus Music we get to keep 100% – which of course we prefer! But in the end, please buy from whichever site suits you best.