Antoine Beuger
A Young Person's Guide to Antoine Beuger


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by No joke names, please, or you will have a temporary ban USER (2 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2012 | 47 replies | 3,371 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes the forces in life that are the most ordinary and subtle are the most profound and spellbinding ones.

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Whereas most music aims to grasp you and carry you away and alter your consciousness and tug at your heartstrings, A Young Person's Guide to Antoine Beuger seems to simply exist. Like the sky, and the wind, and the mountains, and the interaction between them all, it is beautiful, but it is only there, not saying much, not going out of its way to make much of a statement. The trees do not blurt out "Hey, I'm beautiful" as we pass by them. They are there to provide us all oxygen, maybe not even for that. With music notes are designed to tap into your emotions, but with nature the environment is not necessarily designed to do such a thing; that we adore nature so much may only be a psychological byproduct of evolution; those who loved their nature were motivated to survive in it. Nature, existence, and life are so achingly beautiful, but it is so easy for us to forget and not notice. A Young Person's Guide to Antoine Beuger, although not "found art", manages to capture this elusive beauty of nature and life better than most music out there does. It is true that Antoine Beuger's music does not provide us with oxygen; it is true that its primary purpose is to tap into our emotions. But it takes a certain kind of perspective to allow it to emotionally resonate. It features ordinary sounds in a seemingly ordinary arrangement, but it is so much more than this.

"Tanzaku, for Eight Bowed String Instruments" is 30 minutes long and divided into twelve tracks. The nebulous sound of the composition, a very quiet ensemble of droning strings, fades out and in between each track. The sounds are played, recorded, and mixed in meticulously enough so as to sound like a gentle humming wisp of wind, and a screeching machine, but distant or dying, for it is soft and gentle and yearning. The strings emit various tones that seem to alternate between resonating clearly and hiding beneath the reverberating noise of the "winds" and the "machines"; whether this noise is a result of the dissonance the strings create, or whether it is tape hiss or added reverb is unclear.

"Sekundenklänge (Some Sounds, Just Seconds), for an Instrument with Decaying Sounds" is 22 minutes long and divided into six tracks. It features Taku Sugimoto plucking notes on electric guitar. These notes do not form melodies. Sugimoto plucks one note and allows it to decay into silence. Then after some silent seconds he plucks another note and does the same. After being bombarded with the understated yet profound poignance that is "Tanzaku", "Sekundenklänge" only bombards you with more longing and devotion for the miracle of existence. Each note becomes an excrutiating jab at your heartstrings and each moment of silence becomes a bout of suspense and a reminder of what lies beyond the artform.

In a dream the reasoning for the two compositions in this album came to me as being that "Tanzaku" is supposed to represent this beautiful accident, this artifact of nature, and "Sekundenklänge" is supposed to be an artist's rendering of this artifact, an attempt to translate this mystical resplendence onto the notes of a guitar. Although the two compositions themselves are first and foremost compositions and not necessarily based off of each other as I have suggested, this makes sense in a way. In "Tanzaku" clear tones briefly and occasionally leak out of the hazy, noisy string drones it comprises; in "Sekundenklänge" the notes plucked resemble these transient tones, and the silence between them resembles the quiet cacophony of the other noises the instruments make.

I hated this album upon first hearing it. The sound is mixed in so low that if you were to first come across "Tanzaku" on shuffle it would come across as a joke. It seemed like an attempt to evade anything that can possibly make music beautiful and musical. Everything about it seemed conceptual and devoid of passion. But give it a couple more listens in a quiet, unintrusive environment and you will find that this is not the case. You will love and develop an attachment for the ineffable divinity that permeates these compositions. If this kind of abstract and obtuse artform sounds like something up your alley, give it a chance.


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Zettel
April 23rd 2012



590 Comments


I got Tanzaku XI on YouTube. It is not possible to get an overall impression of the album bases on such small excerpt, but I find no reason to listen the whole piece. You patience and commitment is commendable.

mywarmblood
April 23rd 2012



27 Comments


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CaptainDooRight
April 23rd 2012



28827 Comments


"I hated this album upon first hearing it."

that's quite a big turn around there I see

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Oathbreaker
April 23rd 2012



1649 Comments


this album is very yea

Bitchfork
May 31st 2012



7584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i would never have criticised this for being passionless just boring upon first listens. tanzaku still can give me trouble if im in the wrong mood.

hey baseline oiduppas the shit

Celsius
January 4th 2013



513 Comments


Awesome

Celsius
January 4th 2013



513 Comments


It's too abstract

Celsius
January 4th 2013



513 Comments


Can I borrow your brain?

Celsius
January 4th 2013



513 Comments


Use it or lose it

GiaNXGX
January 4th 2013



4867 Comments


is this gouda eai

Havey
January 16th 2013



9649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep it rules

XGX
April 3rd 2013



162 Comments


yayy sexy record, improved saritote

YankeeDudel
April 3rd 2013



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eh i didnt like this much. has some cool moments but overall pretty repetitive.

Digging: Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

liledman
April 3rd 2013



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tanzaku is fantastic. Sekundenklange not so much.

Cygnatti
April 3rd 2013



21350 Comments


will probs rule and be sexy

XGX
April 3rd 2013



162 Comments


ahhh

Havey
April 24th 2013



9649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tanzaku is fantastic. Sekundenklange not so much.

yeah sekundenklange used to make me pissed, now i love it

RinaKettysamour
April 24th 2013



58 Comments


is this a coincidence hav?

Havey
April 24th 2013



9649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nah i saw ur last fm convo avec midwayer, didn't read it all because too much t e x t but i'm sure you shared some really interesting ideas ^_______^

reminded me of how much i luv this

RinaKettysamour
April 24th 2013



58 Comments


that's what I thought hehe



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