Jean Routhier | Endurance

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Endurance

by Jean Routhier

Urban audio folklore, combining field recordings and electronic manipulations ranging from audio art to broken up soundscapes. It's movies for the mind's eye...
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Art
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1. Face a Claques
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2. Sous Les Decombre D'une Breve Hemorragie Champetre
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3. Baliverne
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4. Fragment
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5. Bris
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6. Impromtu Dechaine
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7. Intolerance
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8. S.l.d.o.
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9. Ecran De Fumee
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10. Radio Relache
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11. Coco Le Huajolote
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Album Notes
The album Endurance covers broadband experimentations, mostly stemming from a musique concrete approach. The music is best describe as urban audio folklore, combining field recordings and electronic manipulations, ranging in styles from audio art to broken up soundscapes. Movies for the mind's eye, it is great music to accompany you at work or at play!

Endurance is released on the Aurore Nocturne label, dedicated to releasing audio exploration projects that go beyond entertainment.

Jean Routhier is a electronic media-based artist, focused on the audio side of things. His work is featured on releases by the following:
- Compilations on OHM/ Avatar (http://www.meduse.org/avatar/avatar/ohm.html)
- Compilations on PeP (http://cec.concordia.ca/CD/index.htm)
- Book + CD on Artextes Editions (http://artexte.ca/a_son.htm)


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Christian Carey, Splendid Magazine (USA)


Routhier shapes electronic soundscapes with tremendous skill, combining speech, instruments and environmental sounds into carefully wrought compositional structures. Routhier has a keen ear for both pitch and texture. Synthesized and manipulated textures combine with samples of instruments, including some interesting use of percussion (see "Sous les decombres d'une breve hemorragie champetre").

Nat Kenley, UK


I just thought it was excellent!

Ruud Janssen, Netherlands


Your CD opened a little more my eyes and ears for that kind of music.

François Couture( Canada), All Music guide

Routhier's works have depth without becoming dead serious.
The electro-acoustic works of Jean Routhier belong somewhere between the music produced by academic circles and the quote-heavy, debauched experiments of avant-garde DJs and electronicians. In short, Routhier's works have depth without becoming dead serious. Endurance summarizes a decade of activity as a composer. First listeners are treated to two highly dynamic pieces featuring Ambiances Magnétiques drummer Michel F. Côté and Christof Migone, one of the strangest musical beings living on this earth. "Sous les Décombres d'un Brève Hémorragie Champêtre" ("Under the Ruins of a Short Pastoral Hemorrhage," title says it all, right?) packs a lot of punch within its three minutes of duration and opens a sequence of seven short pieces, each an enigma in itself, each a jewel of precision and whimsicality — like painter Salvador Dalí's miniatures. In contrast, the 29-minute "Écran de Fumée (NurgeRemix)" appears like a hazy, overstretched piece. Casual conversations are sampled, recombined, and embedded in a musical frame that seems to go nowhere. The voices are often mixed very low, making it difficult to follow a possible plot (there is none, really, and most voices speak French). Of course, the title which translates to "smoke screen" can explain the composer's intentions, but in any case the piece takes too long to make its point. The last two pieces are better, especially "Coco le Hujolote"; what appears to be manipulated train whistles weave a strange but very tangible atmosphere. Endurance is not your usual CD of electro-acoustic music. It has originality and something maverick in its approach, both of which make it very appealing, despite its flaws.