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Christopher Bissonnette - Pitch, Paper & Foil

by Brian Lange. Rating:7 Release Date:2015-11-06

Music that is absolutely apropos visually serene and thought provoking images is Christopher Bissonnette’s music. Quite aptly, Bissonnette began his career studying fine art at the University of Windsor and majoring in video and multimedia. Across the water in Detroit, the electronic music scene was making its mark in the early 1990s, which provided the catharsis for his work today. 

Ambient and lulling, but at the same time disturbing, Bissonnette’s music seems to works its way seamlessly into the cracks of the background spaces in your dwelling. Something is alive, and it’s crawling on your walls. There is a fluid with brainwaves activity that seeps through the cracks in the floorboards. The tiles in your bathroom quietly rotate when you are asleep. The glassware in the kitchen vibrates. 

All of these things happen with ghostly undertones, but the music is not disturbing. It feels like the sound that scientific discoveries would make upon discovery. 

The sounds seem largely manufactured from the world of digital toys, without being too digital; think of Selected Ambient Works remixed to be in a planetarium or the background score to a documentary about the solar system.  Bissonnette seems to appreciate the analog world, as he has roots in vinyl and turntables.  This album seems to be an experiment with what happens with analog toys vesus digital toys.  There isn’t a lot of variance, as this music tends to do, but it certainly does engage like only the masters of ambient music can achieve. 

It works as music that you can put on while relaxing with a book or even writing a letter, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself spacing out and being transfixed with the music. 

You might find yourself in unfamiliar forests with all the woodland creatures staring at you.  For you are the only human for miles.

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I see what you mean. Some of it sounds like a soundtrack to the journeys of the Hubble Telescope. Kranky specialises in these kind of submerged ambient sounds.

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