"Bérangère Maximin records the sounds of everyday life and propels them to a higher level. Her style and mode of composition make her one of the important composers of our time. I am delighted to welcome her to Atlas Realisations.”
Frozen Refrains is the fifth studio album by electroacoustic composer Bérangère Maximin, following releases for Tzadik, Sub Rosa, and Crammed Discs. Across seven multilayered pieces the album explore themes of multiplicity, possible futures, subjectivity, dissonant emotions, and memory as a force of imagination, reinvention, and power. Its narrative is anchored in musical tradition while also challenging it, incorporating strategies of Musique Concrète and acoustic transformation.
Raised on the remote French colonial island of Reunion, Maximin takes pleasure in contradiction and contemplation, sculpting fragmented sequences of loops, signal drift, and electroacoustic texture into “digital chimeras.” Her music connects digital and physical, isolation and lyricism, revealing the latent melodies within intricate, abstracted sound.
“Her music is vividly direct.”
“Slowly rearranges your brain without you even noticing.”
–Drowned in Sound
“A master manipulator of space and distance.”
“Resonances of and references to Pierre Henry, Brian Eno, Luc Ferrari, Laurie Anderson and Pole.”
released June 23, 2017
Sound objects, microphonics, digital chimeras, voice
All music composed, arranged, mixed and produced by Bérangère Maximin
at Home Sweet Home Studio/BM, Paris in 2016/2017
Executive production Craig Leon.
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