Transit
CST135      180gLP MP3 FLAC
Reviews

"As the title of the album suggests, this is a record that does not stay still. It is always moving between different moods and areas with great fluidity...The interpretation of the field recordings through this impressive barrage of drones, glitch, noise and sound design make 'Transit' feel like a work of sonic cubism. While the shapes and edges of the original structures are still present and the overall offering displays many qualities of electronic music, the result is one of true avant-garde expression. Jourdain performs an extravagant process of transformation, one that mutates and, to an extent, mutilates the qualities of the original recordings, in a most fascinating way."
PopMatters

"Given that he's paired his modular synthesizers with a noisy palette of field recordings, he's delivered a surprisingly smooth seven-track album...'Transit' draws on recordings from local forests, caves, waiting rooms and what the album's notes describe as 'ex-urban "non-places."' That sounds random, but in fact Jourdain is able to stitch it all together evenly, providing listeners a purely artistic interpretation of the world he lives in."
Exclaim

“Muscular and visceral...Jourdain’s touch is deft and this shifting dynamic never sways too far in either direction. By far the best thing on this album is 'Registrariat' sounding a bit like some stalactites having a rave inside a damp cave.”
Electronic Sound (Aug. 2018)

PRAISE FOR AUTOMATISME'S 2016 CONSTELLATION DEBUT "MOMENTFORM ACCUMULATIONS"

"There’s a real sense of disorientation through awkward machine polyrhythms and softly grinding sampled abrasions. Amongst the complex patter of percussion are some brighter, dronier elements like the chill chord walls on ‘Simultaneite 3’ and the more looming murk on ‘Simultaneite 1’. Brilliant. It’s only his debut album too."
Norman

“An enthralling electronic album.”
Musikansich

“An incredible and unrelenting album experience.”
Echoes And Dust

“Automatisme is a focal point for the varied ideas of William Jourdain, a musician whose work draws on vastly different disciplines. Currently pursuing studies in Art History, the musician (and painter, lest we forget) also works in Saint-Hyacinthe’s Fréquences record store. The multi-disciplinary approach reaps its benefits, with a forthcoming album on Constellation Records sluicing together these varied approaches. Pits the organic against the digital, with this heady glitch artist utilising a tapestry of found sounds, samples, and field recordings. Recommended.”
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Reclusive glitch artist and electronic music producer William Jourdain has been keeping busy since the release of his acclaimed 2016 debut Momentform Accumulations for Constellation under the Automatisme moniker. From his home studio in the Quebec town of Saint-Hyacinthe, alongside his day job at Fréquences (one of the country's leading indie record stores), Jourdain has continued churning out quality tracks, adding to his excellent and formidable Bandcamp discography. The Post-Landscape collaboration with Erinome came out on Neologist in spring 2018 (alongside their re-release of the pre-Momentform album Automatisme 2) and the self-released E.T.I. Space, Transit Et Individu (Reshape & Restoration) from December 2017 demonstrated various evolutions in the post-Momentform trajectory. Rare Automatisme performances have included Inductive Prism VI (documented in a live recording) and MUTEK 2017 (documented in a live video premiered by MUTEK and Resident Advisor).
 
Building out his modular synthesis racks and amassing new field recordings, Jourdain has plunged Automatisme deeper into experimentation with Transit, his second full-length for Constellation. Once again the sonic material is all sourced from the field, with recordings captured in the forests and caves of rural Quebec, along with ex-urban "non-places", and various waiting rooms. A simulacrum of what Jourdain calls "the architecture and landscape of supermodernity" is rendered through generative and probability-based digital patches, creating a partially randomized ecosystem for his soundworld to unfold.
 
The through-line on the Transit album is an oscillating tempo that rises and falls like a shifting heart rate or ocean waves or a warped clock - heightening attention to the micro-sampled glitch topography and white, pink and brown noise fields of these immersive, pointillist compositions. The pieces are never the same twice: Transit codifies one iteration of these exploratory and temporally unstable works, yielding a superb album of cerebral, enveloping, de-territorialized electronica that occupies a liminal space at the boundaries of ambient, glitch, dub and environmental sound. Thanks for listening.
 

Packaging notes
Audiophile 180gram pressing in midnight ultra-black vinyl from Optimal (Germany) comes in a thick 24pt jacket with black paper polylined dust sleeve, 12"x24" poster, 320kbps MP3 download card.
 
 
Tracklist
1. Bureau 0
2. Bureau 1
3. Bureau 2
4. Bureau 3
5. Registrariat
6. Bateau 1
7. Bateau 2
 
Release date: 24 Aug 2018
Running time: 38:24
 
 
Credits

Music composed, recorded, produced and mixed by William Jourdain
 
Artwork by William Jourdain
 
Photos by Patrick Foisy and William Jourdain
 
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket