French duo Maninkari (Frederic and Olivier Charlot)
played droning gothic music for chamber instruments and electronics
on the double-disc Le Diable Avec Ses Chevaux (Conspiracy, 2007),
like a classical orchestra performing Debussy while half asleep.
The first half of Participation Mystic is a concerto for
languid violin, ticking cello and ominous electronic drone; the second half,
when the percussions kick in, is a driving blend of baroque music and world-music.
The world-music alter-ego prevails on the polyrhythmic shuffle
Crossing The Echo.
Ota manages to blend that rhythmic energy with minimalist techniques
and industrial fervor.
Besides remixes, the EP Psychoide (2007) contains Psychoide,
that, ignoring the chaotic drumming,
is essentially minimalist chamber music a` la
Art Des Poussieres (2008) was far less ambitious.
Besides a reworked version of Ota,
Un Souffle De Voix (Neuropa, 2009) boasts the massive sinister drones
and metallurgic blasts of Phenix
as well as the
angelic monastery chant for mixed-voice choir of D'Un Monde A L'Autre
(alas, surrounded by too much filler).
The Half Forgotten Relic Of A Dream (Three:four, 2011) delivered one
of the most subliminal, hypnotic compositions:
Droning minimalism prevails on
Continuum Sonore (Basses Frequences, 2012), a
six-movement ambient symphony.
The 39-minute suite Phantasmes (Three:four, 2013) was composed as
a film soundtrack.
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