A vital force within the international cassette-culture noise underground of the 1980’s, the formidably prolific French composer Christian Renou / Brume has been honing his fractured outsider-musique-concrete for more than 30 years now. While his music takes cues from classical French tape music, Renou is steadfastly underground, transmitting intensely detailed audio dramas from his home studio outside of Paris.
"Draft of Confusion" is a stereo distillation of a disorienting multi-channel installation piece that was presented in Portland Oregon in 2008. Even as a home-listening experience, this music takes over a room, transforming the familiar into something implacably unnerving. Renou's voracious tapes devour acoustic elements like bowed cymbals and mangled voices. What starts out pleasant enough expands outward and shifts steadily from ambience to a darker, even malevolent, atmosphere before it drops you back down to Earth unsure of quite where you just were.
"Draft of Confusion" was recorded and reworked from the original C. Renou soundtrack especially made for the "Infinitus" installation created by the visual artist TJ Norris.
released June 1, 2010
Reprocessed & recorded at Brume Rec. Spring 2009.
All instruments by C. Renou.
Cover design by Justin Myers.
Originally published as a CDR in a limited edition of 100 copies.