Before discovering this album, the beauty of the striking packaging, and then the name of the album "Ab Irato", confirmed the high expectations. And the surprise proves to be great in discovering an unbelievable electro-acoustic record of an irreproachable quality. The approach is certainly difficult for an ear unaccustomed to experimental sounds, but the discovery of an impressive palette of sounds should win over the skeptics. The pieces were recorded between 1986 and 1998. Alain Basso essentially helped himself to tired analog synthesizer sounds, samples, and synthesizers that use specially created programs to make certain sounds, as well as concrete sounds, like those products formed from an elaboration on a clock, originating from various metallic and mechanical sequences. This work was created and realized by Alain Basso in collaboration with Collectif & Compagnie, an association specializing in electro-acoustic music and based in Annecy. A work reserved for open and curious spirits, to those with a passion for diverse sounds, who inadvertently surround us everyday; this is when one lends attention to all those noises that suddenly become very interesting... and one realizes that a lot of ambient and industrial bands are so appropriate in making their particular sounds, and that others do well to be interesting.

Stéphane F.
September 2002
Translation : Joan

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