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Life After Breath (Modular Synth MP3s)

The saxophonist Heddy Boubaker stopped playing the instrument last year after what he describes as health problems. “I started to think,” he writes on his website’s homepage, “about [a] new way to continue my sound explorations and expression in free improvisation.” And what he decided to do was focus on the modular synthesizer. His soundcloud.com/hbbk account has, subsequent to the shift in instrumentation, provided a steady stream of his experimentation. The burbling-brook popping of “Impro#12 2011-04-30 (From the Ghost to the Machine)” suggests a parallel to certain duck-call-like embouchure techniques in European free improvisation:

And the low rumble that runs underneath “Impro#14 2011-05-07 (Sausages for Algernon)” bring to mind some of the implementations of circular breathing:

More on Boubaker at heddy.boubaker.free.fr.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • Marc Weidenbaum founded the website Disquiet.com in 1996 at the intersection of sound, art, and technology, and since 2012 has moderated the Disquiet Junto, an active online community of weekly music/sonic projects. He has written for Nature, Boing Boing, The Wire, Pitchfork, and NewMusicBox, among other periodicals. He is the author of the 33 1⁄3 book on Aphex Twin’s classic album Selected Ambient Works Volume II. Read more about his sonic consultancy, teaching, sound art, and work in film, comics, and other media

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