Francisco Meirino/ILIOS - Travaux (CD album)

Composed entirely from field recordings made
at Rue Sainte-Beuve in Lausanne, Switzerland,
between 2012 and 2013.

The title gives a clue. As a matter of fact, both artists
utilised sounds and noises from the same construction
site in Lausanne, to create two contrastive tracks
manifestly characterised by the individual composer’s
Meirino’s Les Oiseaux Du Lac Stymphale is rather
in-your-face, privileging the direct ‘participation’ of the
workers in a number of acoustic close-ups revealing
the classic bedlam of voices, crumbling materials and
variegated clangors. The chemistry is improved by a
broad compass of captivating frequencies, pulses and
interferences: from huge subsonic bumps and hums
to bizarre electronic tones and unorthodox sibilance.
It’s an intriguing experiment in something that could
be defined “enhanced musique concrete”, without
ineffectual frills and special effects to perturb a listener
merely inclined to focus on the whole’s inbuilt
In L’Hydre De Lerne Ilios grants some space to the
aforementioned operational echoes, which at first made
us think about a slightly different assemblage of equiv-
alent factors belonging to the preceding episode. Fear
not, though: after 180 seconds or so, one of the “lead
singers” of the entire album — a monotone buzzing
drill — becomes the origin of a monolithic agglomer-
ation of electrically charged ‘oms’ progressively growing
in quantity of layers, quivering intensity and volume
as they depict a very gradual glissando (reinforced by
a strong low frequency from the nineteenth minute),
ultimately suggesting a majestic wall of heavily bowed
strings. The piece ends abruptly as we have just
reached the condition of intellectual standby necessary
to be sublimated by the arresting force of that giant

Review by Massimo Ricci at Touching Extremes