'Travaillant et composant souvent dans ma cuisine, l'idée m'est venue d'enregistrer les machines de mon quotidien pour en faire des pièces de clarinette-concrète.
Hétérogène est une somme de sons accumulés avec les années, tous autonomes, juste posés les uns à la suite des autres puis associés à des sons concrets.
Matériel est composé du matériau sonore non utilisés pour ce disque, les poubelles du studio.'
I often work and compose in my kitchen, and that's how I came to the idea of recording the sounds of various appliances, to make pieces of concréte clarinet.
Hétérogène is the result of my collecting of sounds through the years; in this montage they are assembled and combined with concrete sounds.
Matériel uses sound material left over from the recordings for this release; the bins of the recording studio.
- Xavier Charles 2014
This was a project a long time in the making - Xavier Charles is a not a person you can rush; he has very clear objectives that need the time that they take. When he took interest in the sounds of the appliances in his kitchen, daily sounds that remain unnoticed to most of us, he was to explore listening and perception as part of his music making. Typically, Xavier has worked here with the ambient noise in his recording environment, something he has been exploring and refining for many years now. With ‘12 clarinets in a fridge’ he delivers some beautifully constructed pieces of concrete clarinet.
In this series of finely recorded multi-layered clarinet pieces, the music sounds almost four dimensional and seems to move around the space without Charles using any plug ins or surround sound tricks. In one track the clarinet layers are accompanied by the noise of a fridge, a sound that we often never hear, being so accustomed to its continual hum; in this context it works so well that the listener may be tricked into believing it to be their own fridge!
Xavier has that rare combination of a musician who is highly skilled with total and utter control of his instrument and technique but is still able to surprise himself and his listening public with innovative sounds and his unconventional imagination. His virtuosity as a player enables him to explore an endless palette of tones, timbre and texture: these tracks perfectly demonstrates his gift. ‘12 clarinets in a fridge’ is his second solo release, and his first appearance on the Unsounds label.
Xavier Charles is an active clarinetist in the world of improvised music, known from a variety of constellations and ensembles like ‘Dans les arbres’ and ‘Contest of Pleasures’. Currently his musical research ranges from performance on the clarinet and bass to the installation of vibrating speakers, at the edge of improvised music, noise and electro-acoustic sound. He is further involved in the music world as an organizer of the fesival Densités (FR). (Photo: Andy Moor)