January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Ensemble Economique – Interval Signals

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Ensemble Economique

Interval Signals

Denovali Records

Street: 12.13.13

Ensemble Economique = Starving Weirdos + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Interval Signals, one of two recordings from Brian Pyle’s Ensemble Economique solo project released in December, is a 40-minute pastiche of field recordings, radio sounds, and as the album’s title implies—interval signals. There is a comforting sense of familiarity in the sort of noise featured in this recording—broadcast signals, rain, conversational voice, and what sounds like traffic. Instrumental sounds, such as a stray organ or piano melody, layer into elements of musique concrete. When creating a tape edit or loop—I use tape as a specific example, because there are very few opportunities for revision with that format, in the event of a mistake—there is a feeling of unpredictability and potential magic that occurs. I am not aware of Pyle’s specific composition and production setup, but that feeling is present. At its best, Interval Signals recalls another time and place, distant or perhaps imagined—but the music and sensation it creates are consistently unique. –T.H.
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