Low Valley

by Yannick Dauby

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First released as a CD by Editions ... (Usa, defunct label runned by Stephan Fenton) in 2004 under the reference xxxv.

Tracks 1-3 are based on field recordings, in-site improvisations with found objects and electronics (Oct-Dec 2000).
Track 4 is a field recording made a Plateau Saint-Jean, Valberg (06, France) of the wind blowing in the antenna of a weather station (Aug 1999).
Track 5 is an indoor improvisation with found objects and LiSa, live sampling software developed by Steim (Jan 2001).

Cover photo by Yannick Dauby, portrait by François Martig.

Review by Roel Meelkop (Vital Weekly #437) :

" Yet another enigmatic disc on this prodigious sound art label from the USA. I am sure that I've heard Dauby's name before, but it escapes me at the moment where that could have been. Low Valley consists of five tracks, ranging from almost 7 to almost 17minutes in duration. Since there is no accompanying information, all explanations about this work stay in the realm of the fantastic. So let's stick to the audible: small sounds drift in from silence, fading in and out. It must be rain or other water sounds, filtered, manipulated, but recognisable. There are also cicada's and buzzing insects, birds singing, together with a person doing almost nothing, just being there, electrifying things. Furthermore there are electronic devices going haywire and sinewaves weaving themselves through the fabric of sound. Okay, this may sound complicated, but it is actually not so much so. I believe that Dauby is enigmatic with a good reason: ultimately hte sound sources are not overly important, the result is. And it must be said without hesitation that his compositions are strong and compulsive and deserve all the attention the listener can give them. This work is very well crafted and there is no doubt that Dauby has learned the tricks of the trade very well indeed. Recommended ! "

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released October 7, 2013

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Yannick Dauby Taiwan

Sound artist living in Taiwan. Obsessed by listening the environment. Feels naked when he doesn't wear microphones and headphones. In a special relationship with treefrogs and modular synthesizer. Improvises with branches and stones. Collaborates with communities in Hakka and Austronesian territories. ... more

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