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1 April 2017
By Tristan Bath in The Wire (UK), April 1, 2017

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“However they were assembled, both 17 minute single takes are surprisingly luminescent and joyful.”

Dôme documents an installation work by Montréal saxophonist / clarinettist Philippe Lauzier. Composed for a specially made contraption comprising bells, zithers, a Korg and several motors, the music nonetheless feels distinctly organic. Quite how Lauzier plays the music is tough to discern from the recording — the jangling strings and tinkling bells sound like they’re being jabbed at by motorised ghosts in the machine. For long passages all the elements fire at once, although the loveliest moment comes at the end of Far Side, when alarm clocks, bells and strings take it in turns in a motorised conversation. However they were assembled, both 17 minute single takes are surprisingly luminescent and joyful.

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