PLATE LUNCH catalog #: PL12
Bernard Donzel-Gargand - Toile de sons (CD) - released September 2000
|1: Toile de sons (1997) 19:38
|2: Reves oubliés dans les yeux de Grigri (1995) 16:34
|3: Légende du Pont d'Yeu (1999) 19:18
|4: Mise en ciel d'un Scarabée (1995) 17:06
Total running time: 72:19
This fantastic beast delivers the goods that others can only lay claim to.
The earth's core: shifting plates, earthquakes and explosions, nature's
groaning contradictions. The good side of mankind. Folk tales and musical
themes. I've never heard it stated so plainly, beautifully, frighteningly.
I am moved. I am immersed. I am smiling. The church bells sum up all.
from: Peter "Brainpang" Warner, May, 30th 2001
A French electroacoustic composer, Bernard Donzel-Gargand delivered "Toile de
Sons" (Web of Sounds), his first CD, in 2000. It collects four works, each a
little under 20 minutes. The composer belongs (at least aesthetically) to the
young generation of electroacousticians. His approach eschews some of the
genre's traditional rules and restrictions, which results in richer, less
austere music. But richer does not necessarily means better. In general Donzel-
Gargand's aural stories lack a plot. The title track features some very
conventional passages held together by a weak compositional structure.
"Rêves Oubliés dans les Yeux de Grigri" (Dreams Forgotten in Grigri's Eyes)
is an attempt at peaking into a cat's dreams. Paradoxically, this piece is
harsher but holds stronger poetic contents. The contrast between the rough
sonic edges and the naivete of the intention recalls the works of Yves Daoust.
"Mise en Ciel d¹un Scarabée" follows a similar path. The album¹s highlight is
"Légende du Pont d¹Yeu" clearly a superior composition. It illustrates an old
folk tale about how the Devil was tricked by St. Martin of Vertou into building
a bridge to the island of Yeu. The tale is narrated by an old man with a thick
regional accent. His ageless words are displaced in space and time, woven into
the fabric of a modern electroacoustic piece - well done. All things considered,
"Toile de Sons" makes a honest musique concrete CD.
from: François Couture - All-Music Guide, May 2001
"after about 3 spins i had to stop and say how much i love
this BERNARD DONZEL-GARGAND cd... it's really special.."
from: Arthur Nalis/Dutch East India - 5/16/2001
"Toile De Sons", means web of sounds, and is a very good coverage of what
Donzel-Gargand does: he waves together sounds and tells a story. He uses
field recordings (water sounds, church bells and bird sounds, were the ones
I recognized) along with strictly synthetic sounds, or maybe electronic
manipulations of those field recordings. Either way, he calls these "landscapes
made of sounds, images without pictures". One piece, "Legende Du Pont D'Yeu"
has a real storyteller, but that doesn't mean much: even when my knowledge of
the French language is rather superficial, I was under the impression that
understanding what is said was not the main issue here. From the cover text,
I had the impression that this piece was the only one that reflected a real
story, even when it's on a legend. The other texts on the pieces are much more
abstract - as abstract as the music. Bernard Donzel-Gargand continues that great
tradition of French electro-acoustic music with four great pieces.
from: VITAL WEEKLY # 255, December 2000 - by: Frans De Waard
"...the pure spirit of the french electroacoustic composer "school"!"
from: Christian Renou, 12/2000