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Fresh from his wide-scoped ‘Fiction / Non Fiction’ side for Fatcrta’s 130701 label, Olivier Alary (Ensemble) follows quieter lines of investigation to enchanting, sublime conclusions in his first suite of purely electronic music under his birth name - RIYL Eleh, Eliane Radigue, Kevin Drumm
“LINE is happy to announce Pieces for Sine Wave Oscillators by French composer Olivier Alary. This collection of works comes on the heels of his acclaimed poetic album Fiction / Non-Fiction on 130701 records.
Pieces for Sine Waves Oscillators is the first collection of purely electronic music by musician and composer Olivier Alary. These six tracks explore the melodic, harmonic and contrapuntal possibilities of the most rudimentary expression of sound: the sine tone.
In Alary’s hands, these basic, occasionally discordant elements become a soundtrack to feeling and rest, dream and presence—sometimes bell-like, sometimes evoking brass, strings, organs or woodwinds. Using a network of 64 software oscillators, the composer creates voices, blurring melodies, which drift and intertwine—a post-modern, digital chamber music that also recalls Medieval forms, Renaissance choirs.
Pieces for Sine Waves Oscillators has none of the coldness that characterizes similar work by minimal electronic composers: these gentle, vivid elegies seem to shift and breathe, twisting like aurora, gesturing toward the sacred.
An otherworldly elegant collection of works for those who love Eliane Radigue, Eleh, or Celer.”