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
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."
"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."
THE OUT DOOR'S 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
"On pourrait argumenter le fait qu’elle est une des plus intéressantes représentantes de la musique électronique très simplement : « sound objects, microphonics, digital chimeras, voice ». Voilà avec quoi elle a enregistré (composé, produit, etc..) son double album Dangerous orbits (MTM/Crammed discs). On ajoutera simplement que l’on s’immerge très facilement et sans s’en rendre compte dans ses boucles très sensuelles et organiques. A écouter le matin avec la lumière et le chant des oiseaux, ou la nuit à faible volume dans le silence…" - R.M.
LA REPUBLIQUE DES PYRENEES
"Sortir" / Cover
NATIONAL RADIO SHOWS
Broadcasts + Interviews + Live sets
Interview + live excerpts
Roulette TV talks with Bérangère Maximin about the solo set at Roulette, the development of her creative practice, and her relationship to music.
SOME FELLOW ARTISTS' MIXTAPES