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French Duo Hovers Between Real and Surreal

Avallon's Aurélie Barbé and Benoît Rocco

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Avallon is the French duo of Aurélie Barbé and Benoît Rocco. Their combination, respectively, of electronic harp and vibraphone make for a genteel ambience. In “Une Autre Rive,”a third element enters the flow, a field recording of lapping water. Their instruments hover between the real and the surreal, between the documentary audio and a pervasive digital processing that snags pitches, tones, and textures and pushes the work beyond traditional notions of musicianship and into a realm of sonic experimentation.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/avallonmusic. More from Barbé at soundcloud.com/aureharp. The above picture of the duo is from the Avallon Facebook page, facebook.com/avallonmusic. Avallon is based in Paris, France.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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