RICHARD CHARTIER
Tracing

[Non Visual Objects, www.nonvisualobjects.com]

Sound and installation artist, founder of Line label [running under 12K umbrella], Richard Chartier is infamous for his love of an extreme-minimal sound. Many of his recordings are so quiet, so sparse; you'd think your stereo system was on the fritz. Many times I'd listened to some of his previous records and though my speakers were unplugged. Simply put, there are barely any sounds there. "Tracing" is a piece that Chartier apparently had sent to another audio artist William Basinski as a starting point for a possible collaborative effort. Basinski refused to touch the piece as there was nothing that he could add to the beauty that was already present. Having said that, the 40 minute piece is a study in silence. A hollowed-out drone sound filters throughout the duration. The sound is that of a low-pitched, slow wind twirling in a huge cave, deep underground. The pitch of the drone changes slightly from beginning to end, while the speed remains constant. Tiny bits of glitches are heard underneath the drone a few times, though these don't distract from the even flow of the piece. As is usual with Non Visual Objects label, the packaging retains its minimal quality, with a beautiful Chartier sketch on the cover. Haunting, mesmerising and non-descript in its layers of caressing beauty, "Tracing" sees Richard Chartier at his peak.

- Tom Sekowski


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