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Album Review

Though they have collaborated before, 12k label head Taylor Deupree and LINE sublabel founder Richard Chartier have never come together under such amazing circumstances. Both were invited by the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., to commission a new work inspired by the serene seascape photography of Hiroshi Sugimoto as part of his celebrated retrospective. The duo's audio interpretation of the photography does justice to Sugimoto's work, as the 45-minute composition unravels slowly with a graceful stillness found in the majority of Chartier's work and Deupree's landmark album Stil. Specification Fifteen starts off with a low droning sound (found in a majority of Chartier's long-form pieces) that eventually fades into quiet murmurs of sound, which eventually fold into sounds that are textbook Deupree. The duo creates an atmosphere that is easy to immerse yourself in and get lost for an hour or 12. A simply outstanding, arresting piece from start to finish.

Biography

Born: 1971

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

After releasing his music through a variety of international labels, minimal sound artist Richard Chartier founded the LINE label, along with Taylor Deupree, in 2000. An subdivision of Deupree's 12k label, LINE features Chartier's solo work as well as the work of similar-minded artists such as Immedia, Miki Yui, Bernhard Günter, and Steve Roden. Like these other artists, Chartier explores the fine line between silence and digital composition, crafting nearly inaudible music intended for low-volume...
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