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The UK’s “leading musique concrète ensemble” eke out inventive new lifeforms from obsolete machinery in a manner surely appealing to fans of Luc Ferrari or the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire
Where the quartet’s previous album of ‘Tape Works’ took JG Ballard and Nikola Tesla as the jump off, their second volume looks to Luc Ferrari and Brutalist architecture for inspiration. A coterie of reel to reel tape recorders, short wave radios and other antiquated equipment are deployed along with samples of Luc Ferrari’s own work, namely from ‘Les Anecdotiques’ (2002), for a significantly more in-depth survey of LRC’s sound, including a number of durational pieces where their world building style and tekkers can really sprawl and take shape.
A standout is ‘Dinotique’, originally commissioned for Stereo Spasms, a celebration of Luc Ferrari’s 90th birthday held at Cafe Oto, augmenting elements of his autobiographical travelogue with location recordings of London’s Barbican Centre into 11’ of poetically shapeshifting, summery haze. Likewise ‘A Return to Spatial Futures’ longs over the 11’ mark, but is more atonal, angular, with a structural tension inspired by the Parisian architecture of Le Corbusier, Jean Renaudie and Renée Gailhoustet. More sensitively, ‘Accarezzo’ samples from the shingle of Orford Ness in Suffolk in its deliciously tip-of-tongue atmosphere, and one may be able to hear the entrance ramp to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall echoing in the cavernous abstraction of ‘Terminal Voltage Traces.’