out on Atlas Realisations (UK)
on June 23, 2017 worldwide
LP / DL
Recorded, composed, arranged,
mixed and produced by
Sound objects, microphonics,
digital chimeras, voice
Home Sweet Home Studio/BM,
by CRAIG LEON
All compositions published by Bérangère Maximin / Editions Craig Leon Ltd.
Label ATLAS REALISATIONS
Photos by Marine Dricot
and Hoyt Lean
Design by Marijn Degenaar.
'WAX MELODY' from "FROZEN REFRAINS" on Atlas Realisations' Soundcloud page :
The first performance of the year will take place at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on the ePhil series with a brand new solo,
on Feb 01, 2018, 9 pm, hope to see you !
'Frozen Refrains' rated #3 on German Musikexpress Magazine's editor-in-chief Albert Koch's top albums of the year, in very good company, check the list !
Recent projects include a commission from Collectif MU at Paris Nuit Blanche event in collaboration with Etienne Jaumet (Zombie Zombie) at the saxophone and Moog synths, check the 'Rail Océan' project announcement. (October 2017)
Also an electroacoustic piece entitled 'Primera Memoria' composed in homage to the Argentinian composer Beatriz Ferreyra for her 80th birthday celebration concert requested by Musiques & Recherches Institute in Brussels. (November 2017)
Then a piece played by Paul Ramage on Alcôme's 40 speaker acousmonium at Paris Gaité Lyrique. (December 2017)
Such an excellent Frozen Refrains review from Nathan Thomas on Fluid Radio, check it out.
(...) what frequently emerges across the album’s seven tracks is a strong sense of musicality, by which I mean that concerns such as harmony, rhythm, structure, and intensity are given the same weight as timbre and spectral analysis. A particularly striking manifestation of this is the way in which certain elements from one piece are often repeated in the next one, a risky ploy that could’ve easily come across as lazy or overly repetitive, but in Maximin’s hands gives the album an organic sense of wholeness and of different ideas growing from the same root. (...)
Frozen Refrains reviewed by Elizabeth Newton on Tiny Mix Tapes, terrific piece.
(...) This ecstatic intrusion on my dumb grind was later brought to my memory by some of the most distinctive music I’ve heard in a while, sound artist Bérangère Maximin’s fifth full-length, Frozen Refrains, which gave me that same feeling of climbing out of an egg. Her abstract, intriguing music’s various pulsations, assemblages, and dead-ends made me think of the purple umbrella, but also many other mental pictures in my imagination, both magnificent and mundane: gestures toward divination (the midpoint of “Wax Melody,” like nothing I’ve heard), something like a funk band playing on an undersea stage with a dilapidated foundation (“Burn and Return”), or just an old memory of me watching sci-fi with a friend (on “Sky Contraction,” the sounds of us speeding toward another planet). I never understood the show we watched together, but they did, and I liked to watch them watching it. (...)
SO very nice to see the FROZEN REFRAINS lovely review on French Silence & Sound :
(...) Bérangère Maximin composes albums that hit you in the guts, with their faculty to model an unknown world with familiar elements, their sources taken from our daily life and sublimated into poetic traces of radiant beauty. (...) 'Frozen Refrains' alters the consciousness to bring it into the light, with flesh and blood, mind and intelligence; Emotion and wittiness. Subjugating.
Thoughtful Frozen Refrains review on Canadian EXCLAIM! by Kevin Press.
(...) Her new album, Frozen Refrains, captures a gifted artist at or at least near her creative peak. (...)
First interview about Frozen Refrains on French National Radio France Musique's Tapage Nocturne show hosted by François Bonnet and Bruno Letort, broadcast on June 12, 2017, 11 pm ::: interview + Live set, duration : 55 mins.
French radio drama 'L'Apocalypse est notre chance', a thriller/SF series in 15 episodes created on National Radio station France Culture uses the intro of my piece named 'Cracks' (from Dangerous Orbits) as a soundtrack to the opening titles and snippets of it and also of 'Der Stern' from my album 'Infinitesimal' here and there (especially the scene in the basement of the castle on episode 10). You can still listen to this sound creation signed by Sylvie Coquart-Morel and Sophie Maurer and directed by Benjamin Abitan on FC's website, you enjoy as I did yesterday, the suspense kept me hooked from start to finish, highly recommended : Go check !
Personal selection of the five albums, enjoy :