Boomkat Product Review:
Bonkers, granular "natural sound" manipulations recorded in Québec’s ethereal Boreal Forest. Deep and digital sound design-heavy scapes that sound like wood breaking while nanobots reassemble it in machine code. Properly spannered.
The post-laptop noise era is truly upon us. Taking cues from Mego greats like Farmers Manual and Florian Hecker, Canadian sound artist Louis Dufort pipes environmental recordings through software processes that belch out some of the more interesting DSP worlds we've heard in a minute. Not completely abstract, "VOLUME" offsets chattering metallic crunches with reverberating ambience, fashioning a world that's equal parts organic and digital.
It would be unfair to label this ambient, even if many of the tracks center the kind of ethereal pads that you might expect to hear on a Celer album. Instead, Dufort uses these atmospheres as the backdrop for his more challenging experimentation, bringing hard DSP elements into the frame slowly and purposefully to avoid alienating listeners too much. The result is an oddly cinematic selection of sounds best enjoyed on proper speakers or with a good pair of headphones. The laptop speakers just ain't going to cut it.