Decisive Forms (2001)




Decisive Forms is a very subtle, abstract work of great detail, a perfect object for contemplation that requires the listener's full attention. I find it extremely captivating to follow as it unfolds over time, to adjust my breathing to its slow pulse, and to be completely absorbed by the act of perception itself without thinking in form of interior comments, descriptions, or associations.Decisive Forms is another step forward Richard is taking from his fine work series that has just received one of the twelve Honorable Mentions of PRIX ARS ELECTRONICA 2001. I will not try to further describe Decisive Forms, but rather encourage you to go ahead and experience it yourself the attention it requires is generously rewarded. (PRESS RELEASE - Bernhard Günter)

Decisives Forms comprises the murmur of distant turbulence, remote starburts, the closer click of a switch at the interface between barely perceptible hum and a sterile silence. Around midway through its 43 minutes, a weightier swell and then a layered chug are heard when the switch permits.
(The Wire, UK)


released March 1, 2001

originally on Trente Oiseaux [Germany] (TOC013)


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richard chartier Los Angeles, California

Richard Chartier is a Los Angeles-based artist considered one of the key figures in minimalist sound art. Chartier’s works explore the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself.

He is also Pinkcourtesyphone.
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