Bruno Duplant was a busy man last year. Here we find him in good company alongside Pedro Chambel’s amplified objects and Jamie Drouin’s modular synth for the two composed pieces on ‘field by memory inhabited 1&2’ on rhizome s.. This is the second release on the label curated by Chambel & Duplant. This one was released in November of last year. Here the trio creates two tracks based on a score by Duplant, each clocking in at the 20-minute mark.
‘field by memory inhabited’ opens up with a single coarse tone interlaced amongst high frequency shrieks which carries throughout the first five minutes.
As the track progresses it continues to move slowly, weaving through unstable modulated passages while holding you attentive. Only occasionally do we encounter overlaps that teem and collide. There is a nice tension throughout this track; every so often a field recording breaks up the electrical hums, pulses, and textural episodes. Duplant provides a nice commonplace to the sparse field recordings here that works well. The intrusion of a household animal, an open window, fumbling about, which gives an intriguing interplay to the electrical signals and amplified materials.
I am not sure if all three musicians created their interpretation of the score individually and then they were mixed on top of each other or if one musician sculpted the various pieces together but there is a feeling of purpose to each sound. They demonstrate a sense of restraint, as their contributions are allowed to breath and unfurl, each feeling confident with their palette, leaving enough space to provide balance while not stepping on each other’s toes.
The trio’s second go at the score is a bit more conversational and active. Here they begin things with a soft electrical whine that is interrupted by radio breaks. You can follow some of the similarities of changes and shifts between the two companion pieces that reference Duplant’s score. This go around the field recordings come to the forefront, children at play amongst analogue outbursts. These combinations, along with Drouin’s radio interspersions and Chambel’s objects hold well together.
Throughout ‘field by memory inhabited’, we tend you hear a strong compositional quality by the trio. These two well-crafted pieces hold well and give a good indication of the trio’s process, which doesn’t feel forced or pressured, revealing their strengths as musicians.
This one has seemed to slip through the cracks, unfortunately, as I haven’t seen much mentioned of it.
You can find it here: http://rhizomes.bandcamp.com/