Since the 1990s, French sound artist Cédric Peyronnet has established himself as one of the most prolific and original composers working with field recordings. After numerous CD releases under his own name and as ingeos and toy.bizarre, this is his first ever vinyl. It was made commissioned by composer and label head EMERGE. A long-standing fan of Peyronnet, he contributes a piece to the split release that is based on Peyronnet’s recordings.
The theme running through the whole split album is the acoustics of mines. All material is based on field recordings made by Peyronnet in (partially disused) French mines in the mid-1990s. Scratching, gravelly, cavernous sounds dominate the soundscape, evoking a world of subterranean gloom that seems familiar to listeners of EMERGE’s bass-heavy drone compositions. In Peyronnet’s piece, the field recordings are simply arranged in a collage-like manner, but the atmosphere created by this editing is strikingly similar to the one dominating the album side processed by EMERGE. This turns the album into a subtle play with the expectations of the audience. What just a second ago seemed to be mere random ambient sound suddenly turns into a musical structure through rhythmic repetition, and an apparently documentary audio snapshot might actually be digitally treated. Through this intriguing interplay, the two artists make us reflect on the role of the recording medium which, through the very fact that it is a medium, turns every ‘natural’ sound into a ‘cultural’ artefact.
File under: phonography, drone
black 12" Vinyl Album
Released in 2015
limited to 300 copies
price: 15.00 EUR (excl. postage)
toy.bizarre - kdi dctb 018
Original recordings were made in Puy-Les-Vignes disused mine, April and May 1995.
Some parts were used on the M.SL tape published by kaon.
Composed / Mixed @ TBS, Tlse, 2014. SACEM 2014.
EMERGE - msl
all sounds recorded by Cédric Peyronnet with analog device (tape) around 1995 in the MSL mine, reworked on site & replayed with speakers inside the place then re-recorded by Cédric Peyronnet treatment and composition by EMERGE in 2014 photography by Cyril Herry design by EMERGE
Once again I have a privilege to review ambient album and this time it’s a split vinyl record between Toy Bizzare and Emerge. I had some difficulties to find more information about Toy Bizzare, but after half of an hour of searching through the magic world of internet technologies, I founded that Toy Bizzare is a project of Cedric Peyronnet, who is active as a musique concrete and field recording sound artist since ninetees. Emerge is well known on the ambient and noise scenes as one of the most active guys in a fields of publishing and touring and his discography is quite impressive. Sascha Stadlmeier is simply unstoppable.
Toy Bizzare is opening A side with two very tracks. Sound can be described as a very well blended mixure of musique concrete, field recordings and ambient sounds. Both tracks remind me of some experimental tracks for B production horror movies, but not to be mistaken, this sounds really good. It gives a feeling like you are crawling through the haunted woods in the middle of the night with chains on your wrists and wood is constantly crackling beneath you. If you’re fan of horror movie soundtracks, this is right up your alley.
Emerge is present on B side with twenty minute long ambient track which perfectly continues the story Toy Bizzare have started on the A side. Sascha reworked sounds that Cedric has been recorded in a middle of the ninetees and put his own Emerge touch on them. The result is more than hearable. Everything sounds much more grimy, bizzare, dark, haunted and most important, like a perfect formula for success. Such a pleasant finish to a whole LP.
This masterpiece is available at Attenuation Circuit records, like many more impressive CD, tape and vinyl releases and I encourage you not to miss the opportunity to grab this fine piece of experimental music which will satisfy your needs for exploration into musique concrete and ambient sounds.
split und kollaboration zugleich: emerge, das zentrum des hiesigen attenuation circuit und toy bizarre aus frankreich, beide projekte seit langem in der experimantalszene unterwegs, hier mit einer quasi zeitreise auf vinyl: und eigentlich geben schon die coverbilder und die des inlay alle hinweise zur entstehungsgeschichte. aber so klar es auch scheint, wenn man die erst einmal die linernotes gelesen hat, genau so sehr ist es vorab auch einfach „nur“ ein gelungenes, düsteres cover mit einigen fensterartigen ausblicken in eine hellere welt da draussen. eine verschiebung von wirklichkeiten, ein spiel mit der wahrnehmung, das die musikalische ebene mehr als fortsetzt…
seite 1 bildet dabei so etwas wie die grundlage(?); nicht näher spezifierte aufnahmen, die toy bizarre in einer aufgelassenen mine bereits 1995(!) durchführte. wieviel an dem, was letztlich hier zu hören ist reines fieldrecording ist, wieviel durch nachbearbeitung oder andere methoden erzeugt wurde bleibt dabei völlig im dunklen, die musik scheint wie ein fast atonaler fluss von geräuschen durch die kavernen der mine zu fahren und in ihrem widerhall dann doch so etwas wie konkrete töne zu erzeugen… aus den schwingungen der streben, als resonanz der schächte…
dunkel und mysteriös auch seite 2, die kollaboration zwischen toy bizarre und emerge, die die rätsel sogar noch vergrössert: das beiblatt spricht von aufnahmen in besagter mine, abgespielt und wieder aufgenommen an selbiger stelle und schließlich an emerge übergeben und von diesem bearbeitet und arrangiert. doch paradoxerweise klingt dieses mehrfach bearbeitete stück viel konkreter, viel näher an puren fieldrecordings als das stück zuvor: in teilen fast fassbar direkt, das schaben im schutt in der mine, dann wie der takt einer fördermaschine; fast als hätten die beiden seiten der lp ihre identitäten getauscht, um die hören zu narren…
aber selbst wenn: definitiv eine nachtwanderung durch die grenzbereiche von ton und atonalität, von geräusch und seiner transformation zu klang. nichts für den schnellen genuss… wie ein gutes rätsel.
It would be interesting to hear how a listener might respond to this split release (available as a download and in a vinyl limited edition of 300 copies) by toy.bizarre (French sound artist Cédric Peyronnet) and EMERGE (Attenuation Circuit label head Sascha Stadlmeier) under blindfold conditions, given how unusual its sound contents are. In fact, the recording's three pieces are based on field recordings gathered by Peyronnet in 1995 in (partially disused) mines in Puy-Les-Vignes. On this thirty-nine-minute collection, toy.bizarre is represented by two pieces and EMERGE (who, a long admirer of Peyronnet's work, commissioned the release) a single, twenty-minute setting that's based on toy.bizarre's material.
In true soundsculpting tradition, Peyronnet collects representative sounds of a particular place and then composes a work using only those sounds, the goal being to create a sonic portrait of the locale. His first piece, “kdi Dctb 018[a],” teems with flurries of creaking and gravelly sounds, but it's not without musical content, as Peyronnet threads into its center a droning pulse. It's not without its share of surprises either, as demonstrated by the abrupt disappearance of the burrowing noises midway through, a move that also produces a dramatic shift in dynamics when the now-unencumbered drone first intones quietly and then swells to a climax. “kdi Dctb 018[b]” bores deeply into its subterranean realm for nine writhing minutes of scraping and scratching, and parts company with the opening setting in burying its drone content almost to the point of near-inaudability.
On his side-long EMERGE setting “msl,” Stadlmeier fashions a complementary treatment to Peyronnet's that's filled with an equally generous share of gravelly textures. But “msl” distances itself from the opening settings in working convulsive rhythmic patterns into its musical framework, and the listener is presented with a dramatically different conception despite the fact that it's based on the same material Peyronnet used for his. Accentuating that difference further, Stadlmeier's piece ventures down multiple pathways, some episodes densely packed and others less so, and an extensive array of textural treatments is presented as the exploration progresses. One thus comes away from the release hearing “msl” as more of a formally composed setting and the toy.bizarre pieces as incident-rich collages.
a closer listen:
Here’s a great test for A Closer Listen staffers: play one side of an LP containing collaged field recordings, and another side containing these same field recordings, enhanced by drones. Then challenge them to label the sides. Even after learning the answer, the ears remain fooled; Cédric Peyronnet’s (toy.bizarre‘s) side seems more like a soundscape, while Sascha Stadlmeier’s (EMERGE‘s) side seems more like a field work. The blurred line underlines the congruity between field recording and structured drone; on this release, the artists flip the script.
French sound artist Peyronnet (who also records as ingeos) has been sitting on these recordings for quite a while. Originally captured in a mine two decades ago, these crumbling, reverberant, rock-based sounds were recently given the once-over, as if the artist had suddenly realized that he had mined a vein of sonic gold. The opening minutes include the sound of gravel, backed by a cavernous, looped echo; as the piece develops, the sound of stone seems to turn into the sound of steel, while a higher-pitched drone develops. Then it all drops out, like the silence after a person has fallen down a well. One imagines the flickering flashlight, the illuminated petroglyph, the broken leg, the shattered transmitter. From here, it’s an arduous journey back to the light.
When an avian-like aural pattern develops toward the end of “kdi dctb 018[a]”, followed by an even more oppressive whorl, one remembers that the word composition applies to collage as much as it does to the genesis of sounds. Whenever a conscious choice is made that alters the frequency, order or amplitude of field recordings, it becomes a soundscape. Peyronnet excels in this field because he has an ear for development. Nothing in “[a]” or “[b]” seems random; this is already a fully-fledged work. By the midpoint of “[b]”, cacophony threatens to overwhelm the listener, in the same manner as immersive drone; it’s humbling to think that the source recordings stem from nature.
Now enter EMERGE, the head of the Attenuation Circuit label, who must have been overjoyed to have such rich source material to work with. Known primarily as a noise/drone artist, EMERGE turns in a surprisingly restrained side-long piece, softer than toy.bizarre’s side but more overtly rhythmic. With the exception of the looped percussive noises, one cannot tell the difference between the natural and the manipulated. The “new” drones may take the place of the “old”, but primitive music took its cues from nature, while effective modern music connects listeners to primeval roots.
Repetition exists on both sides, but the transitions (beginning at 2:18) are more abrupt than one might usually encounter outside of composition. One recognizes the sounds of Side A when one hears them again on Side B ~ the crackling, the rustling, the dull roar. The shattered glass sounds of the twelfth minute are sharper, but the hums are quieter, creating a different sort of contrast. In the fifteenth minute, the artist seems to be drawing on the mine wall with a rock. The human element is more apparent here, where it is not expected ~ the artist’s familiar walls of sound have been replaced by sound with walls.
This split release is a fascinating document on two levels. Both musically diverse and psychologically challenging, it entertains while posing questions of how we hear and interpret sonic data. As a sonic dialogue, this split release is far more than the sum of its parts. (Richard Allen)
The common thread on this split album is the recording of sounds in (partially disused) mines. It serves as the basis for the two compositions by Toy Bizarre and the one by Emerge on the other side. The information states that this is the first time the music from Toy Bizarre is released on vinyl, but there has been a 7" on Drone Records and one on 20city. Toy Bizarre, one should know by know as we reviewed many of his CD and CDR releases, is the work of Cedric Peyronnet. In April and May 1995 he made some field recordings in a disused mine and used before on a cassette release by Serchres Mound (in 1996) - I am no longer sure how that sounded. In the two-part composition, which Peyronnet created in 2014 using this sound material, he opts for a more on going approach, layering various sound events together. This is a drone like piece, but then cut abruptly together. It is not your twenty-minute/one side of drone music, but Peyronnet goes through various stages, and through different dynamics: it can be very low in volume, but also pleasantly loud. It seems that everything that was recorded in the mine has disappeared in the lengthy process that was at the basis of this composition. It works very well, as Peyronnet created a fine, twenty-minute journey here.
On the other side we find label boss Emerge working with the same set of sounds, but then also played again in 2014 on a set of speakers by Peyronnet before giving them to Emerge. It starts out with a mid-frequency rumble of objects in a large, cavernous space, but slowly starts building up and adding some remote drones, pushed to the far end. Emerge too has the collage like approach but his sound material remains to be heard as it was. It plays around nicely with those distant drones and close by sounds, culminating in a massive low-end rumble. It's almost like a story here: men going down into cages, but there is some beast below there, and the earth is cracking, like an earth quake impending, while the miners work on. Maybe I am reading too much in here and all that Emerge want to create is a fine piece of music of electro-acoustic and concrete sounds? Either way, he succeeded very well. One of the best pieces I heard from him so far. It's very intense and powerful. (FdW)
Split ablum release on Emerge Attenuation-circuit in collaboration between Toy.Bizarre (the French artist Cédric Peyronnet) and German project Emerge who contributes with a track. The work's based on field recordings made by Peyronnet in (partially disused) French mines in the mid-1990s, and the result is a noise/dark ambient with various and sudden changes of mood (from harsh noise to meditative drone music). interesting.