Nicolas Bernier: Frequencies (A / Fragments) (Line, 2014)

January 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nicolas Bernier: Frequencies (A / Fragments)

Nicolas Bernier: Frequencies (A / Fragments)

Half hour long piece utilizing tuning forks, which generate and manipulate sine waves. Starts with slow, subtle clanging and droning, but after 5 minutes starts to heat up, with slightly more rapidly fluttering tones, twitching and vibrating, getting closest to the type of glitchy sinewavecore 12k/Line/Raster-Noton are sometimes known for releasing. After that, it gets to a dog-whistle high pitch, punctuated by metallic thumps and clangs. It gets pretty engrossing. Eventually it smooths out a bit, eases off the higher pitches, and has more of a glassy texture. Later it starts to get more buzzy and scrapey, slowly crawling and icepicking towards warmth and melody. The last couple minutes sound like dry arctic tundra wind.

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