Boomkat Product Review:
Wonderfully surreal experimental electronic and collage recordings by Laurent Fairon, recorded in Paris, late 2015, and prone to beguile at every turn. If you like the sound of these we’d thoroughly recommend dipping into Fairon’s Tellus archive at UbuWeb and his Continuumixes online, too.
““The eight tracks of Musique Isotype are intended as vehicles of surprise. Occasional U-turns and abrupt changes ensure the internal dynamics of each track, favouring Surreal juxtapositions of disparate sounds. They allow amalgamated elements of wonder to emerge, like when an Exquisite Corpse drawing is unfolded. Little interference was injected into the process. I tended to assume the role of ‘transformer’, as suggested by Marie Neurath, creating an interpretation of statistical data. My joy was in conjuring these aural transformations as a mere in-betweener, like Marie Neurath herself in the Isotype process, between theoretician Otto Neurath and graphic designer Gerd Arntz. Isotype (International System of Typographic Picture Education) was developed by Otto Neurath at the Museum of Society and Economy in Vienna between 1925 and 1934 as a means to put statistical information into graphic form, particularly through pictorial charts, where repeated pictograms are used to indicate quantities.
Likewise, I see the repeated patterns and samples of existing sounds on Musique Isotype as a mixture of various audio strains: from the specific pace of poets reading their texts from the 1960s,
to the ‘concrete’ sounds of basketball, dulcimer, Flamenco guitar, bull-roarer or bird songs, to the sounds of Armenian and Arab YouTube TV channels.”