Boomkat Product Review:
Recollection GRM offer a rare entry point to the rarified electro-acoustic worlds of composer Beatriz Ferreyra (1937, Córdoba, Argentina) with this necessary collection spanning four works realised between 1968/9 and 2011. An original pioneer of early musique concrète alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s and '60s, Beatriz would come to work with instrument creators, the Baschet Brothers, and begin to to move away from the institutions in order to develop and explore an idiosyncratic, intuitive method of free electro-acoustic composition. This collection's earliest piece, 'Demeures aquatiques' (1967) marks that point of transition, employing the Baschet's unorthodox inventions - metal sheets, glass rods etc. - to mirror the rhythmic push-and-pull of fluid and solid surfaces and begin making incremental steps in her own electro-acoustic direction. The brooding 4-channel piece 'Médisances' (1968/9) follows another angle, exploring the tonalities of orchestral instruments, a mouth bow and unexpected technical "defects" in a deeply disorienting subaquatic whorl pierced with shorn clangs and dizzy bleeps. Fast forward 40 years, and 'Un fil invisible' finds Beatriz inspired by the process of alchemy - emerging as a common theme throughout her work - in its 17 minutes of mutating, scrambled atoms and constantly shifting sense of scale, and 'Les Larmes de l'inconnu' commits 18 minutes of seductively freeform electro-acoustic shapes inspired by Qabalistic writing and consciousness. As with all the Recollection GRM issues, maybe even more so here, it feels like a privilege to peer back with such clarity into these past, practically alien soundscapes.