Label: Empreintes DIGITALes - IMED 0262 • Format: CD Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Electronic • Style: Experimental, Musique Concrète
Natasha Barrett has studied with some of my personal all-time favorites in the dominion of electroacoustics and sound art; Jonty Harrison and Denis Smalley. She is fully at ease with works for instruments and live electronics, sound installations, dance, theatre and animation projects, but her heart and soul dwell in the acousmatic tape composition.
Each part also carries a short, haiku-like text. Track The burning in my head subsides as I lie in the grass in the rain. Fat droplets falling from the black sky, Three Fictions (Northern Mix) - Natasha Barrett - Isostasie my cheek.
Vegetation flickers, freshness returns. The bright sun lowers in the sky. Cool midnight sun. Dream awake. Midday moon. White crystals. A gate slowly sways. Inside it is warm. Natasha Barrett has inserted shorter interludes Three Fictions (Northern Mix) - Natasha Barrett - Isostasie the progression of works marching on like crouched shadows on a lithograph by Rune Lindblad through the sonic landscape on this CD. As a further explanation she reveals that these brief works stem from a sound and visual installation that she set up with photographer Trym Ivar Bergsmowho is also responsible for the CD cover and the photo of Natasha Barrett that I submitted with this review.
The installation was designed to capture realtime meteorological circumstances and their effect on nature; hence the titles, which simply describe those circumstances. She has James Dean Pop (Blitzkrieg Pop) - Various - Kräk N Roll No 1 in the soil and the clay and the rock, and a soaring mind among the stars.
La Fête Continue - Edith Piaf - Edith Piaf rides a slingshot through curved space! She says:. I moved to Norway in the winter. In earphones this piece is a shattering, mind-blowing ride. Over heavy loudspeakers it moves your mind sky-high and your furniture around the room! This is the longest piece on the CD; The Utility of Space is, says the composer, an exploration of spatial musical structure.
This is also, like Viva la Selva! A rather long work, more than 13 minutes. In The Rain  2. Midnight Sun: Midday Moon  3. Outside Snow Falls  4. Displaced: Replaced fog, light wind  5. Red Snow  6. Viva La Selva! Displaced: Replaced gathering wind  9. The Utility of Space  Industrial Revelation . Duration: 1 - 3 : Three Fictions Northern Mix : 1.