As you may have already noticed, Asymmetry has recently reviewed Gibello’s first CD, Labyrinthe/c104 goto N901, and had a little conversation about her on this podcast. We were already planning to attend the INA-GRM Présences electronique festival, so when we found out that she would be presenting the MOLF at Instants Chavirés only days before the festival, it was easy to arrange to attend both. And both were good.
There were two other sets on this evening (April 1st), a duo which would have come across as much more interesting had it not had to follow Gibello’s set, and a trio which was a perfect way to end the show, because it was so loud and infectious. Good clean fun, rowdy, raucus and retro. And what made it more than a simple regurgitation of 90s death metal was the way it was presented–short burst of noise interspersed with silence.
Emmanuelle’s set came first. And it was a stunner and no mistake. No one having listened to her recent CD whould have been able to predict this set, though the wildness and the risk would equally not have surprised anyone, either. It was a masterful improvisation, wholly satisfying from start to finish. It has been interesting for me to listen to the recording I made and hear how carefully planned and inevitable everything seems. Of course, that is true to some extent for any recording, especially if one listens more than once. I still think that a musical event that can sound simultaneously surprising and inevitable–both in the show and on the recording–is something pretty special.