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Further Materials

Richard Chartier

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Album Review

Comprised solely of unreleased material and material made for labels other than his own (Chartier co-runs the Line label with 12k founder Taylor Deupree), Other Materials is an interesting survey of Chartier's musical progression from 1999-2001. While the foundations of his artistic principles are evidently solidified from the beginning (the act of listening and involvement, experiments with microtonality versus silence over a long space of time), the methods and sound palettes that he chooses have developed significantly over quite a short period. This is probably due to the evolution of technology and advancements in sound design, but that's not a reason to take the early works for granted, as they're equally as stunning and intense now as they were the first time around.

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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