Review: Thomas Dimuzio

Thomas Dimuzio
(Gench / Asphodel)

Dimuzio excels at minimalistic electronic compositions of a coarse texture. These are warm, floating pieces that allow much freedom for the imagination. They also allow much to be built on them. In this 2-CD set, we have one disc of Dimuzio live material (“Mono”) and then a disc (“Poly”) of collaborations with Illusion of Safety, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler and more. All together, the anthology spans the years 1997-2002. These collaborations are also recorded live and dates and cities for each track are provided. The collaborative pieces tend to include samples not found on “Mono” giving the “Poly” disc a feel like the academic electro-acoustic output of the Montreal musique actuelle scene.