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Les Ondes Silencieuses (Digi)


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fusion
  • ASIN: B000OPP7GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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C‚cile Schott returns with her third album as Colleen, the highly personal, distinctly adventurous and confident Les Ondes Silencieuses, which follows Colleen Et Les BoŒtes E Musique from late 2006. This album signals a change of approach for Parisienne Schott. Gone are the samples and loops of old, as the emphasis moves to the natural tones produced by a range of unusual live instruments, largely unadorned. The seeds for this album were sown when the 15 year-old Schott happened upon the film Tous Les Matins Du Monde, based on the life of Marin Marais, the acclaimed 17th Century viola da gamba (or viol) player and composer. The sound and mystery of the instrument set her off on an obsession which reached fruition in 2005 when she found a viola maker who custom-built one for her. More fascinating to play than she had ever imagined, it produced a sound so rich and naturally resonant that the loop-based works which had become a defining characteristic of Colleen's work could be laid to rest. A whole new approach to composing was needed, both in a more traditional and, paradoxically, a more improvised way. Chord changes, greater use of space and tempo variations were all now possible. The sounds created were key to the overall feel of the record. Unlike Schott's previous album, The Golden Morning Breaks, where the sounds created from each instrument often ended up disguising their identities, Les Ondes Silencieuses creates a platform using the intended sound, and then augments it with more of her innovation and personality.

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Not as brilliant as her other work. Her first album is the Prime Example
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Quiet waves on the shores of scarcity June 27 2007
By Michael Jantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The title of this album is pristinely apt.

This is my first experience with the artist Colleen and I am completely hooked by the sound exhibited on this record. Every track begins gently and builds itself into a beautiful mixture of despair and apprehension. The album itself isn't depressing, but (and you ought to be able to tell this from the cover) it is perceivable that the music is designed to be taken seriously and listened to closely.

If you are expecting impressive technique or wild performances, you may be disappointed. Where "Les Ondes Silencieuses" succeeds most is in the texture and emotion of every piece of sound. The layers of orchestration are put down slowly, so as to build apprehension. First a cello, then a guitar, then a clarinet, etc. Even moments in which little sound is made are important. With this scarcity, Colleen draws up in her listeners a desire for more texture, another wave of emotion. The record oscillates between peaks of overwhelming feeling.

This is really a fine piece of neo-classical music and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for instrumental music that you can really listen to. This is not background music!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hauntingly minimalist chamber music Aug. 20 2009
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
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Colleen's latest offering isn't so much a departure from her previous work, as it is a stripping down to bare musical bones. The result is something just as enchanting as that previous work, but with the child-like fragility & loveliness muted in favor of an older child's grave & somber contemplation of the world. The beauty is still there, but the awareness of shadows & mortality is far more present now. Rather than being depressing, though, this makes for a shimmering, ghostly world in which innocence has been tempered with sorrow, resulting in an even deeper realization of the transience & preciousness of life. This is thoughtful without being coldly cerebral music, filled with passion that's expressed in a subtle, understated fashion.

Most highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses May 16 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
_Les Ondes Silencieuses_ sees Colleen leaning a little more on the stringed instruments -- the viola de gamba, in particular. But the haunting strains of "This Place in Time" shows her to be as much a master of this as the harpsichord-like spinet on "Le Labyrinthe" (a track almost minimal in its classicism) or the clarinet (on the haunting "Sun Against My Eyes"). "Blue Sands" merges her guitar and the viola with a sense of quiet wonder, while "Echoes and Coral" extends that wonder through the clear, ringing tones of struck crystal glass. The sparseness of "Past the Long Black Land" emphasizes the silences between the instruments as much as the instruments themselves. Another stunning album.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great disappointment. Aug. 13 2008
By Alexis W. Blaess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes the artwork of a cd foreshadows a fantastic musical journey awaiting the listener. Unfortunately, Les Ondes Silencieuses is not the case. The artwork by iker spozio is sublime to say the least, one of the best cd covers I've seen in a while. It suggests a dreamy landscape full of nocturnal visions. The music, however, is a disastrous mess. Minimalism is beautiful when the it is inspired. Experimental music is fascinating when it is inspired. But Colleen was far from inspired here. She grabbed instruments she did not play well and tried to create a collection of pieces that suffer from a lack of musical skills. The cello and harpsichord tracks especially are painful to listen to. The album is at its best when she plays the guitar and the clarinet. But nevertheless, it is a big let down. I might be totally wrong. Give it a try and see if you like it. I recommend her two previous albums: Everyone Alive Wants Answers, and The Golden Morning Breaks.


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