eRikM
Variations Opportunistes

[Ronda, www.ronda-label.com]

eRikM [LUC FERRARI] & THOMAS LEHN
Les Protorythmiques

[Room40, www.room40.org]

Audio entrepreneur eRikM has found a niche for himself, though he's treading a road less traveled. In his collaborations with various new music innovators – Fennesz, Gunter Muller, etc - he's shown himself to be at the top of his game. His dialogues are never less than thrilling and he tends to bring a new perspective into the musical game.
"Variations Opportunistes" was created and composed using a digital process. ErikM blocked frames and repeated them using a digital quirk in the CD player. These sound glitches were then fragmented and recorded onto the CD format. The composer then treated the sound fragments – by varying range, frequency, pitch, amplitude and speed. The variations on the first part – "Correlation I" – are minute. You hear the rise and fall in the pitch. You hear the repetitive glitching come closer together and grow farther apart. The second part "Correlation II" is a ten minute piece which was composed from a 5 second fragment of pre-existing music. A string section? Waves of synths? Bellowing wind that attracts the listener's attention? Who cares what the source is as long as the results are this mesmerizing. Final piece "Generescence – Soustractive" is an eight minute exploration of variable sound. Repetition is greatly employed in the piece as well and this turns to be the most rewarding piece on the record. Its gentle humility and its gracious subtlety means the listener has to try all the harder to hear the variety of nuances employed. Stunning record from beginning to its dying breath.
While preparing for a duo performance with eRikM at the Musique Action Festival in 2005, Luc Ferrari got seriously ill. As a form of replacement, Thomas Lehn was asked to sit in. eRikM used a variety of audio samples and musique concrete he developed with Ferrari, while working on "Les Archives Sauvees des Eaux". Thomas Lehn's analogue synth does wonders in bringing about a solid foundation on which Ferrari's samples are deployed by eRikM. In fact, the brutally edgy sound alternated between the granular and the massively abrasive. Mid-way through the performance, we're bombarded with samples of what could be heavy thunderstorm. Human voices are dispersed at will, usually consisting of single words or parts of a phrase. Waves of static come and go intermittently, while skips of CD players are evident in moments. Key to success to the piece is the breath-taking variety that is spread throughout. Before you know it, half an hour performance has come to an end, and without even thinking you're scrambling for the play button again. Absolute mastery in every sense of the word.

- Tom Sekowski


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