FIRST REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM 'LAND OF WAVES'
Out on June 26th, 2020
"(...) Maximin exhibits knowing and playful approach to electroacoustic composition (...) This theoritical lineage [with Musique Concrète] established, Maximin then glides forwards to more contemporary modes of creation (...) Structurally, Maximin keeps her line of communication clear - there's a lot going on but it's never crowded and soon that challenge (...) - do you listen for the sound source or moved beyond it ? - is cleared. (...) " - The Wire.
" (...) But for all of the attention she’s received from both critics and fellow musicians, Maximin’s stunning 2017 release Frozen Refrains remains criminally overlooked. The album is just one of three titles released by Atlas Realisations, a UK-based imprint helmed by producer Craig Leon, best known for early work with Suicide, Blondie, and The Ramones, as well as Leon’s own music. (...)" - Bandcamp Daily.
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Cindy Stern offers her unique insights into - and talks to - the incomparable electroacoustic composer Bérangère Maximin.
"Coming from the musique concrète world, I can't just leave the piece as it was first executed [in live concert]. My reflex is to always optimise the sound for fixed media, otherwise my ears are not satisfied. This means that the work on the recording itself, the mix, the stereophonic space, the eq-ing, must give freedom to the recorded sounds and allow them to bring their own dramaturgy."
GERMAN NATIONAL DAILY NEWSPAPER DIE TAGESZEITUNG
"All elements with which Maximin works aimed deliberately onto ambiguity and allusion, she brings sounds and gestures to the game only to have them in the next moment to withdraw. She wants to set a sense of disorientation while listening. Although the mood was generally meditative, the music developed a discreet hypnotic attraction, from which one is not torn out easily. After her solo performance you wonder rather how quickly these forty-five minutes has passed." Die Tageszeitung
FIFTEEN QUESTIONS + SHAPE PLATFORM
"Space is a very rich and complex parameter in composition from the anecdotal side where the composer is reproducing the stereophony of our natural hearing perception to the playing with sound objects in mono which is a voluntary gesture from the composer, all the way to the sophisticated mise-en-scène, the inner space of the final piece with a tight writing and counterpoints, contrasts revealing different plans within the piece. I play with all that." B. M.
THE OUT DOOR + 200 WORDS
"That’s one of my favorite things about Dangerous Orbits: it seems to expand with each listen, threatening to pull apart completely, but something – or, more precisely, someone – keeps it so together it ultimately feels like one huge sound."
– Marc Masters
"[Music] can even flow in my brain without a sound and that rite calms me down, helps me chill, focus, dig out what’s best in being alive. My body is a mirror which is simultaneously turned to the past and future. So inspiring. Just that sometimes I could do without the history linkage, that neuronal chain hammering the seconds, the silent voice that forces me to stay aware of the fact that I’m the essence of myself, always the same, always changing." – BM
"She’s like a ghost in her own machine, conjuring images, setting scenes, and painting sonic pictures while always dodging out of view, hiding in the dark behind the curtain on the side of her own stage. (…) It feels like the world is turning inside Maximin’s songs now, and the resulting gravity has the weight of nature on its side." Pitchfork