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"By the time you read this Jerome Noetinger is no longer the boss/face/director of Metamkine, the French mail-order for all sorts of unusual music, music along the lines of what we write about, in case you might be wondering where to purchase any (http://www.metamkine.com/ and no we don’t get paid for this ad). After many years of making parcels Noetinger and his pals decided it was time for a new face (say hello to Franck Laplaine) and now Noetinger can work more on his music. His work has been reviewed before in these pages, but always, so it seemed in collaboration with others as I learn from the information that this is first solo CD. Noetinger’s main instrument is the Revox B77 reel-to- reel recorder, which he uses to record and manipulate sounds on the spot. Those sounds might be from radios, objects, piano frame or the trusted Korg MS20. I saw him a couple of times playing this in concert, also solo in fact and he is a true master with that machine. I only have very limited knowledge of machines like this, but there was something with the play back head/record head that you could do that made it possible to keep on adding sounds to the tape and build your sound collages from a single sound into an orchestra of sounds. This is, in a nutshell, what Noetinger does, creating loops of sound and by manually controlling the speed of the machine sounds go faster or slower when repeated. Also a strong division between the right and left channel is an important feature in this music. Also he probably does something to the tape itself, but I have no idea what that is. With the variety of sounds on the input side, as well as the various ways for a treatment or two, coupled with thirty years of experience, Noetinger has a sheer endless amount of possibilities at his hand and the eleven pieces sound great. From noisy and chaotic to introspective, cutting abruptly between these ends. There is quietness and space when needed, bursting with activity when not expected. Now that mister Noetinger has more time on his hands it is to be hoped there will be more excellent solo releases like this, besides more solo and collaborative concerts." (FdW)