Years and fashions might come and go, interest for Oeuf Korreckt’s music does not seem to ever fade. Violently catchy and falsely simple, it brings a blissful smile to everyone who listens, and it even induces dancing! Podweek is a delicious plate of music which is also a little bit historic, as it was (almost) entirely composed on a software tool most people think of as outdated, the tracker. Hopefully this shall confound all the skeptics out there! Definitely music to listen to again and again (and again…).
It’s a little known fact, but many computer music pioneers were in fact unsuspecting teenagers using software such as Scream Tracker (and later Impulse Tracker) to produce a kind of sequenced, robotic music devoid of fluff, but often complex and surprising. The arrival of the Windows graphical environment, which did not support the trackers’ interface, eventually confined this compositional method to obsolescence, to be replaced by others which were more visual, modular and intuitive. As a result, we have a tendancy to forget a worldwide and quasi-monastic production whose golden age spreads from the end of the 1980s to the middle of the 1990s.
A latecomer to the scene, Frédérick Blouin first creates his music for himself and his friends. From this complex and rebarbative tool, he composes an astonishing quantity of little melodic gems of increasing finesse. Starting from 1995, he begins to sign them Oeuf Korreckt.
The Podweek CD presents an overview of Oeuf Korreckt’s music from 1995 until today, and features a selection of works which I consider to be important, not only in the context of his own musical development, but also as part of a broader history of electronic music. Listening to Oeuf Korreckt, one goes back to Orbital, Polygon Window, Black Dog Productions (who incidentally were also into tracking), Autechre circa Tri Repetae, Björk’s debut CD, classic techno compilations such as Thunderdome, Rotterdam hardcore (on that subject, pay attention to the deeply felt homage which constitute the eight minutes of King of the Elephants), and even Kraftwerk.
But this music is more than a fun stroll through memory lane. Years and fashions might come and go, interest for Oeuf Korreckt’s music does not seem to ever fade. Violently catchy and falsely simple, it brings a blissful smile to everyone who listens, and it even induces dancing! So in the last analysis, the historic aspect really doesn’t matter. Podweek is first and foremost a delicious plate of music.
David Turgeon [vi-02]
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