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2007

Variations Opportunistes

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eRikm

Created entirely by looping small snippets of CDs and then treating them in the studio, the newest album from eRikm makes for a surprisingly atmospheric listen. "Correlation I" begins with the expected glitch effects, but as the five-second fragment (taken from a composition by Jean-Philippe Rameau) is looped back on itself at different pitches and drawn out by sustain, it takes on an ethereal character, less like damaged playback equipment than intentional ambience.>>>

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Ronda |France
Correlation I
2006

Sixpériodes

solo • 0 • 2006

eRikm

He lives in the South of France, he used to be a visual artist, and he started his musical carrier as a rock guitarist. He wrote dance music, according to Mathilde Monnier, a well-known dance chorographer. His latest release ‘sixperiodes’ has been published by Sirr records, a lable well known for experimental music. His name is eRikm.
And I, I just listened to this record, true to its name consisting of six pieces, or ‘periodes’. Just to get started, the only musical instrument I was able to identify was a piano. But let’s not drift too far away, and before you read on I must prepare you for a rather untypical review. Since this is the only way to approach these sounds. Are you ready ? Here it goes :>>>

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sirr records |Portugal
Sixpériodes | 2:24 min
2000

MonO FaCe MirRor

solo • 0 • 2000

eRikm
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Beginning his recorded career as a turntablist, Erik M advanced over the years to include all manner of electronic manipulation, his work becoming progressively richer and more mysterious. Mono.Face.Mirror, a brief (26-minute) disc, offered one of the most compelling examples of his sonic investigations, piling allusion upon allusion into a huge and healthy sandwich of sound. >>>

Sonoris |France
mono face mirror | 2:30 min
1999

Frame

solo • 0 • 1999

ERIK M

I don’t usually quote press releases, but I read this after I wrote the above, to which it adds some balance and mystification. “Frame is the result of a work that originates in the audio CD medium itself : ‘Anomalie numérique et du support lui-même’ (‘Digital anomaly and anomaly of the medium itself’) ; it was produced within the specific frame of hijacking the CDs from the Metamkine “Cinéma pour l’oreille” serie
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metamkine |France
frame | 1:22 min

Zygosis

solo • 0 • 1999

ERIK M

zygosis, which is his first fulltime recording, starts with a witty beat track mixing high-pitched shakespeare monologues over syncopated jazz loops, and quickly convinces you that the deconstruction of stolen sound material (sourced from cabaret, orchestral music, rock, poetry...) may grow into something utterly personal and unique - most extraordinary examples are tracks 3, 4 & 6. after this tour-de-force, the listener is allowed a short break, while the cd-player skipps through the almost empty regions of track 9 - 22 (microscopic shards of static, lasting only for a few seconds each). those are quickly followed by a very powerful and dramatic piece (agora) that bears an almost recognizable song structure. the cd ends rather quietly with three unsymetrical ambient pieces followed by a short and funny epilogue. there’s nothing more to add, except that ’zygosis’ is probably one of the most brilliant achievements in musical ’piratage’ so far, and first of all - regardless to it’s historical relevance - it’s simply beautyful !

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sonoris |France
zygosis | 1:30 min
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