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Nicole Lizée (b.1973): Bookburners; Hitchcock Etudes; White Label Experiment; Oujist - works for percussion, turntables, cello, violin, alto flute, double bass in various combinations

Album Summary

>Lizee, Nicole : White Label Experiment, for turntables, omnichord & percussion ensemble
>Lizee, Nicole : Ouijist, for alto flute, violin, omnichord, double bass, percussion ensemble & electronics
>Lizee, Nicole : Son of the Man with the Golden Arms, for guitars, drum set & percussion ensemble
>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc
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Notes & Reviews:

Bookburners comprises a collection of my works from the past five years picking up where 2008’s This Will Not Be Televised left off. Bookburners presents a number of my fixations and obsessions that have infiltrated the five pieces on the album: a reinterpretation of rave culture, John Cage, Hitchcock, witchhouse meets classical, turntablism, iconography, meticulously notated glitch, auteur theory, voyeurism, malfunction, psychopaths, phantoms, backmasking, crate digging, grave digging and a sonic depiction of the imagination of graphic designer Saul Bass - and their melding with classical, concert, notated music. The record features an all-star cast of stellar musicians from across Canada and the U.S., among which include New York City’s So Percussion, turntablist DJ P-Love, drummer Ben Reimer, and cellist Stéphane Tétreault.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The aspect of Nicole Lizee's music that strikes me most is timbre. As an example, her piece White Label Experiment from her recent record, "Bookburners", has three main components: percussion, turntables, and the smooth, organ-like omnichord. The rhythmic and metric figures are non-repetitive, so the music is rhythmically driven. While melody, harmony, rhythm and meter, and form are important, the factor that comes to the fore is timbre or "orchestration". Hitchcock Etudes, for example, is written for piano, "background vocals", and audio clips from Hitchcock movies. I like the texture and general aim of her work.



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>Nicole Lizée : White Label Experiment, for turntables, omnichord & percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Nicole Lizee (Omnichord); Nicole Lizee (Turntables)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Nicole Lizée : Ouijist, for alto flute, violin, omnichord, double bass, percussion ensemble & electronics
  • Performers: Mark Haney (Double Bass); Nicole Lizee (Electronics); Mark McGregor; Ben Reimer (Percussion); Rebecca Whitling (Omnichord); Rebecca Whitling (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nicole Lizée : Son of the Man with the Golden Arms, for guitars, drum set & percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Jonathan Barriault (Guitars); Steve Raegele (Guitars); Ben Reimer (Drum Set)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : DVD Bonus Disc