Chris Meloche

Chris Meloche / Impossible Shapes CSA 302

chris meloche - impossible shapes1) Tale of the Brocken Specter (1991) 4:55 2) Not Yet Broken (2002) 10:00 3) Endgame (for Morton Feldman 1926 – 1987) (1989) 13:06 4) Half Arcane (Netherworld Soundscape) (2001) 16:09 5) Electric Interlude (1992) 3:00 6) A Bit of Rat (1982) 9:09

Probably best known for his CD releases on the FAX and Silent record labels in the 1990s, Canadian composer Chris Meloche has had a long and diverse musical career. For nearly 25 years, Meloche has carved out a unique niche for himself in many different areas of sound creation. The relative isolation of London, Ontario, Canada has long proved to be an inspiration for his creative process. Located half-way between Toronto and Detroit, the distractions of either major center can easily be ignored or embraced.

In the early 1980s, Meloche composed and performed live electronic music soundtracks to classic silent films such as Nosferatu and Metropolis with M104 musical partner Werner Albert. His subsequent projects led to collaborations with fellow musicians Gerry Collins and Brian Lambert as well as work with sound-poet bill bissett. He has also had a long association creating sound-design for the Governor General Award winning visual artist Jamelie Hassan.

In the mid-1980s, Meloche was one of the original group of members of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community – an organisation based in Montreal and a recognised leader in the promotion of electronic music.

Over the years, his work has been featured in concert settings and radio broadcasts around the world including the UK, USA, France, Russia and the Netherlands. In 2001, he was commissioned by BBC radio to compose a work for the special radio series “The Alternative: The Shock of the New.” Among the three other composers featured in this series was German musical icon Holger Czukay.

While Meloche’s CD releases may have been small in numbers, they have managed to gain international attention from such sources as The Wire and the BBC. His two releases on the German FAX and American Silent label both succeeded in elevating Meloche’s worldwide profile.

“Impossible Shapes” is a (necessarily) brief overview of a long and productive period covering 1982 to 2002. Only one of the works included in the collection has previously been issued.

For comprehensive bio, discography and performance info check Chris’s site at www.chrismeloche.com

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