Boomkat Product Review:
The Kapotte Muziek By,,, series is a project setup by Frans De Waard, Roel Meelkop and Peter Duimelinks, who pass on archival material from their Kapotte Muziek collaboration to a number of leading of contemporary artists for reworking. This time Stephan Mathieu takes the helm, serving up a twenty-one minute piece exploring some of the more extreme timbres you could yank from a computer's hard drive. Billed with no small amount of irony, 'A Microsound Fairytale' is a crisp and precision-crafted beast, manifesting itself as a spluttering rainbow of digital noise that's more comparable to work by the likes of Florian Hecker and Russell Haswell than the more customary blissful electroacoustic pieces we've become accustomed to from this artist. It only goes to confirm Mathieu's brilliance as a sound designer/engineer and composer that despite the fairly radical shift in musical style he still manages to mix with the very finest in the field. Extreme stuff, but there's no malevolence behind this onslaught and there's still something essentially very beautiful about it all.