Charlemagne Palestine / Joachim Montessuis: Voxorgachitectronumputer
Charlemagne Palestine and Joachim Montessuis make a frightening pair. This is minimalism that will scare the hell out of you.
The title Voxorgachitectronumputer is an unpronounceable mouthful. It also tells you everything you need to know about what's inside. Taken from a 2007 duet performance, this hour-long piece has deceptively few elements to it. Minimalist composer Charlemagne Palestine provides the organ and a few vocal contributions and Paris-based noise sculptor Joachim Montessuis gives you the dominant vocal performance and the coloring electronics. One chord, or perhaps a simple interval, sustains about a third of the piece while overtones come and go only occasionally in the form of a pulse. The varying, interjecting noises can vary between subtle and jarring, the latter of which is especially strange. Most delightful of all is Montessuis' downright creepy voice manipulation, a presence puncturing the damage that Palestine's altered harmony has already done. The fact that it's so moody and non-musical is what makes it unique.