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Jean-Baptiste Barriere; Pandémonium

Creel Pone
CP 145 CD
Compact Disc-Recordable
Herein lies the entire recorded output - save for an appearance on the 1983 Broken Flag “Crusade” compilation tape - of French Musique Concrète composer Jean-Baptiste Barriere, issued as a pair of LPs on Atem magazine’s short-lived record label - where they sat, somewhat uncomfortably, alongside canonic RIO sides by Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, This Heat, Aqsak Maboul, Present, and Fall of Saigon.

Composed from 1975-1976, then issued as two separate LPs in 1979, the “Pandemonium” suite encompasses two discrete parts - “Pandemonium : Ville Ouverte (Esquisses pour une Descente aux Enfers)” & “Pandemonium : Non, Jamais l’Espérance (Perspective pour une Politique Paienne)” - both consisting of dense, plate-reverb-bathed swaths of dark synthesizer turmoil presaging the imminent arrival of "Industrial” and/or “Noise” signifiers - the similarity between this music & Maurizio Bianchi’s earliest work from a half-decade later is readily apparent - in fact it seems to be something of a gap-bridger between the “Stoned” emanations of Nik “Pascal” Raicevic, Steve Birchall, earlier in the decade & the more transgressive end of 80s “Private” & “DIY” outsider-ship.

An incredible set of music, issued here as a single-disc; recommended to those seeking early examples of the “Synth Void” spec.


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