Every day they order Alix to wake up, and he wakes up. They order him to eat, and he eats. They order him to get up, and he gets up. They order him to enter the white room, and he enters. They order him to lie down, and he lies down. And then, as they tie his hands and feet with some of the many ironworks, ribbons and straps that are in the room, Alix, who is not aware that he was released, falls asleep. It is the moment in which his brain registers each and every one of the words that were said to him, and he does it so avidly, unconsciously, but avidly. However, the darkness rapidly falls, stifling any hint of brain activity in a few seconds. Again the impenetrable blackness, again the night.
released April 13, 2018
All tracks written by Olivier Arson
Produced by Oscar Mulero and Olivier Arson.
Mixed by Oscar Mulero at Dead Souls.
Mastered by Carlos Koschitzky at Koschitzky Studio.
Additional recordings by Omar Carrascosa at Estudio Uno
Synths, sampler, voice, processing: Olivier Arson
Metals & percussions: Tasio
Guitars: David Sergeant
Beats on 1, 2, 3, 5 : Oscar Mulero
Tuba on 1, 2, 5, 7: David Herrington
Clarinet on 2, 5, 7: Greg Gobel
Artwork and inside picture by Tasio
Cover picture by Javier Díaz
Olivier Arson is a French composer and producer who also records and performs as TERRITOIRE. An admirer of the pioneers of
concrete music, he works with experimental instrumentation, electronics and sound, and is regularly inspired by narrative structures. His output is bold, immersive and transmits a distinct, often subversive, sense of catharsis....more
I probably wouldn't have listened to this without the context of it being about dementia, but even without that context, this is a real work of art. The distorted big-band samples create a sound that starts out nostalgic, and becomes disturbing and confused, then fades into emptiness, but is enthralling all the way through. Stage 4 is my favorite, simultaneously defying musical logic and upholding it. Ivan Stanton