The Contest of Pleasures
teater lederman, stockholm, 2009. © lars jönsson
Xavier Charles - Axel Dörner - John Butcher
"the grain of acoustic sound takes on the metallic colour one associates with the electronic, in the process redefining the idea of sonic modernity, disproving the idea that it can only be provided by new technology."
Nick Cain / Opprobrium
Tempestuous | Albi Days | The Contest of Pleasures
CODA Victoriaville review
The trio formed, at the suggestion of Xavier Charles, to play at the 1999 Musique Action in Vandoeuvrve, and has since played in France, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland - including at the Victoriaville (Canada), LMC (UK), GMEA (France) and Huddersfield Contemporary (UK) festivals.
© mazen kerbaj - albi, france 2005
In May 2005 the trio spent a week working with sound diffusionist Laurent Sassi at Groupe de Music Electroacoustique d'Albi.
Some of the results are on the cd Albi Days.
An extension of this project, The Contest of More Pleasures, with Jean Pallandre (field recordings and manipulation) added, involving multiple microphone/speaker use and local pre-recordings, took place in Ulrichsberg, Austria in June 2009.