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HMMH (Hetu / Martel / Mouchous / Hubsch): Fleur de chaos (Ambiances Magnetiques)

A quartet of creative improvisers from Montreal--Joane Hetu (sax and voice), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba, harmonica), Emilie Mouchous (synth)--and from Germany--Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba)--blend conventional instruments with objects and profound techniques to create detailed and carefully controlled aural environments, enveloping the listener in rich, imaginative environments.
 

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UPC: 771028124022

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 240
Squidco Product Code: 26783

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio 270, in Montreal Quebec, Canada, on October 25th, 2017, by Robert Langlois.


Personnel:

Joane Hetu-voice, objects

Pierre-Yves Martel-viola da gamba, harmonica

Emilie Mouchous-synthesizer

Carl Ludwig Hubsch-tuba, objects

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Artist Biographies:

"Joane Hétu. Born Montréal, Québec, 1958. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (alto saxophone, voice), Author/

It has been more than 30 years now since self-taught composer, vocalist and saxophonist Joane Hétu has been following her own highly distinctive path through the vast territory of creative, contemporary music. From her beginnings with song-based new-rock bands such as Wondeur Brass, Justine and Les Poules, Hétu turned to composition (the evocative triptych comprising Musique d'hiver, Filature and La femme territoire ou 21 fragments d'humus) and improvisation, more often than not combining both within her general approach to music. She has co-directed the Ensemble SuperMusique since its founding in 1998, as well as the weekly series Mercredimusics since 2002. More recently she gave birth to La chorale bruitiste Joker (2012). Joane Hétu was awarded the prestigious Freddie Stone Award in 2006."

-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/hetu_jo/)
4/23/2019

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"Pierre-Yves Martel. Born Vanier, Ontario, Canada, 1979. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (viola da gamba, double bass, objects)

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though a instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between perpetual research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts and thus reengaging it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with new sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures."

-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/martel_pi/)
4/23/2019

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"Émilie Mouchous is a French, Montreal-based sound artist who makes her own electronic instruments. Her sonic and spatial exploratory activities are characterized by the creation of mini autonomous systems and take multiple forms: radio programs, series of electronic objects, collaborative free improvisation, web art, radio transmission installations. She is interested in shared sound spaces, and likes to bring concrete sounds, movement, touch, voice and electronic sources together in a lively manner. Her works have been presented in contexts such as the BENT Festival NY, Deep Wireless (NAISA, Toronto), AKOUSMA, Suoni per il popolo, MUTEK (Montreal), Kunstradio (Vienna), Caravansérail (Rimouski), Radio LX festival de arte radio (Lisbon), the Radia European Network, Free Music Archive and Radius (Chicago)."

-Daimon (https://daimon.qc.ca/en/emilie-mouchous-2/)
4/23/2019

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"Besides his own project like Hübsch's Longrun Development of the Universe, Drift and Hübsch's Primordial Soup he founded the ENSEMBLE X and co-leads the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra together with Matthias Schubert and Frank Gratkowski.

Hübsch is part of many collective projects and ensembles and works as side man in various projects. Carl Ludwig Hübsch performed with musicians like Arthur Blythe, Michiel Braam, Thomasz Stanko, Paul Lytton, Lester Bowie, Jasper vant Hof, Paul Lovens, Ernst Reijseger, Angelika Sheridan, Peter Keller, Thomas Lehn, Martin Theurer, Gunda Gottschalk, Axel Dörner, Ute Völker, Gino Robair, Philip Zoubek, Le Quan Ninh, Michel Doneda, Scott Fields, Michael Vorfeld, Uwe Oberg, Ulrich Phillipp, Franz Hautzinger, Sebastian Gramss, Nils Wogram, Frank Köllges, Udo Moll a.m.o. throughout the planet.

He participated in numerous projects like e.g.

• The F-Orkestra
• Oktoberorchestra Amsterdam 1994
• Humannoise Congress
• Hannes Zerbe / Willem Breuker Blech Band 1995
• Matthias Schubert Sextett 1997
• Kammeroper "Idyllen" von Thomas Beimel 1999
• Matthias Schubert Quartett 2002
• European Tuba Quartett from 2000
• Markus Eichenbergers Domino Orchestra 2003
• Toyteens `lil Rosies (Klare, Buhrs, de Jode, Hübsch)
• Post No Bills ab 1995
• Adam Noidlts Missiles
• Carl Ludwig Hübsch/Harald Kimmig Duo
• Adam Noidlts Missiles
• Thomas Heberers LipL from 2007
• Achim Krämer Georg Wissel Carl Ludwig Hübsch
• Franz Hautzingers Trompetenorchester 2008
• Bik Bent Braam / Braam Hybrid Tentett
• Ensemble [H]iatus from 2008

fellowships or study travels lead Hübsch troughout the continents, e.g.to India in 1997 for studies with Ramamani (Karnataka College of Percussion)or to Namibia in the year 2000, to the USA ( OMI-Arts Stipendium 2002) • but also to closer places like Essen (Jazzpott Award 2003 ) or to Basel (2008 / 2009 Residency of the Stiftung Bartels Fondation) Huebsch's work is documented in numerous radio and CD productions."

-Carl Ludwig Hubsch Website (http://www.clhuebsch.de/index.php/en/projects-en)
4/23/2019

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track listing:


1. Open Call For Love 11:00

2. Pause Innocente 8:50

3. Radiation 6:26

4. Haiku With Bells 6:16

5. Se Frotter A Brabylon 6:50

6. Hypnotheose 5:43
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"When you're operating on the bleeding edge of music, the old rules don't precisely apply.

New instruments, new methods of playing them, new combinations - all those characterized HMMH's concert at IMOO on Sunday. It was not a show that one could judge based on its fidelity to a musical text - it was, after all, completely improvised - nor was there a specific style or genre that it adhered to.

It was as much visual as aural - what exactly is making that sound? And it was almost as much of a process of exploration for the audience as it was for the musicians, as one listened to and absorbed the music that was being born in the moment.

What it did have in common with more conventional music was the intensity and collaboration which the musicians brought to this performance. While only 45 minutes long, the show was very dense and multi-layered. One could never be sure one was hearing or seeing everything that was going on because each musician was doing so much.

Four musicians: three from Montreal's active creative music scene and one from Germany, comprise HMMH. Saxophonist and vocalist Joane Hétu is best known as co-leader of Ensemble SuperMusique; strings player Pierre-Yves Martel is a prominent composer and investigator of new sonic possibilities; German tuba player Carl Ludwig Hübsch is a frequent collaborator with Martel; and pianist Émilie Mouchous makes electronic instruments.

For this concert, Mouchous played a vintage 70s-era KORG synthesizer; Martel primarily played his viola da gamba but also had a zither in front of him and blew into tiny, high-pitched whistles; and Hübsch was mainly on his tuba, which he muted with unconventional items which included a large metal mixing bowl, a white styrofoam hemisphere, a cylindrical cookie tin, and a white fluffy soft ball. He also had a collection of small metal bowls on which he created ringing metallic sounds; he would occasionally scrape a plastic cup along the edge of his tuba bell, or attach an uninflated balloon to his tuba and lightly strum it, letting the sound resonate through the instrument.

Hétu had the largest number of possibilities. Besides her alto saxophone and her voice, she could pick from a whole table filled with noisemakers, hand fans, bells, whistles/pipes, a small metal whisk, graters, a metal bowl, plastic balls, marbles, a long corrugated plastic tube, balloons, and more. She chose to play only some of these objects, primarily the fans, the long tube, and the noisemakers.

The audience was extremely quiet and engrossed throughout the show; the two times that new listeners opened the outside door to enter caused a noticeable stir. There was a considerable dynamic range, going down to near-silence. I appreciated, though, that HMMH, unlike some other improvising ensembles I've heard, carefully avoided really loud sounds or a cacophony; instead, the overall volume was controlled and the sound nuanced.

The ensemble opened with a resonant lament. Martel sang into his viola, and Hétu began chanting, letting her voice ring back and forth in a formal and invocatory manner. Over muted tuba and light zither, Hétu continued to call out and then sing wordlessly over flapping plastic percussion. Others joined in to create an ambient rush of sound, with foghorn tuba on the deep end to bright metallic clinks and Hétu's falsetto signing on top.

While there were certainly conventional musical sounds - the underlying drone or quiet lines from Mouchous' synthesizer, the melodic or scraping bowing of Martel's viola, and light and dark tuba lines, even more noticeable were the non-musical textures. Crumpling paper, rattles, static, electronic whines, noisemaker squawks and flapping, tapping, and high-pitched vibrations from singing down a long plastic tube and then twirling it, all contributed to the sound. At one point, Martel bowed his viola through what appeared to be a sheet of plastic or thick cellophane, muting the sound and creating high-pitched sounds and rustles."-Alayne McGregor, Ottawa Jazz Scene



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