Melissa Grey & David Morneau, Diego Vásquez: Dr Diego (Flower Cat, 2022)

April 3, 2022 at 11:43 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Melissa Grey & David Morneau, Diego Vásquez: Dr Diego

Melissa Grey & David Morneau, masters of algorithmic and generative processes, have some fun on their collaboration with clarinetist and dancer Diego Vásquez. The duo play handheld devices that most people would commonly regard as toys (a Merlin Music Machine and a Nintendo Game Boy), and they compose disco-chiptune rhythms which Vásquez navigates with his clarinet. “Fluorescence” is a 7-minute epic which bounces, bobs, and twirls, inhabiting a cyber-klezmer rave of its own. The tempo halves to near-dubstep pace at a couple points, and near the end it slowly accelerates back up in a rollercoaster rush. “Inforescence” sticks to a steadier disco beat, but the echo-enhanced clarinet notes dance around it in ecstatic bubbles.

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