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Composed in 1979 and edited on LP in 1984 by Amaryllis. Reissue on cd by Oral, 2008. Contrary to an electronic music delighting itself in soaring above reality in self abstraction, the concrete music of Bernard Bonnier has a down on earth hearing, and a dancing too, altough now and then out of beat. Bernard Bonnier has defined chameleon-music as: '...a mime* trying to beat its parth through the puzzle (casse-tête: literally 'head-breaker') of soliciting madness, sundowns, violence, science, love, death, velveeta* cheese, competition, sex, zen, and mandragora.' This must be true as well of soldier boy, an issue to the motion: 'nothing lost, everything regained'. Each and every single sound hear trough this piece has been made from the loop 'tell me why...' by means of electro-acoustic manipulations, the mark of Bernard Bonnier's concrete music. Following the steps of Pierre Henry, Bernard Bonnier has been a forerunner to new-wave, and other 'underground rock' music.
"After studying with musique concrète demigod Pierre Henry, Bernard booked it to Quebec City and brewed his incredibly forward-scheming proto-dance collage. Casse-Tête, literally translating to “Head-Breaker”, is a puzzling exploration of break-beat montage. Bernard scaffolds the boundaries of rhythmic sensation and pounds through scraps of sinusoidal decay, beating societies remnant audio into a violent drum-laden melee of modern-dance predication. No less revolutionary than the acid-house visions of Charanjut Singh, Bernard’s genius resides in pushing these limits from the forgotten snippets of sound permeating our everyday ether. Originals are tough; thankfully reissues exist. Canon grip."
Cat. number: ORAL CD23