) In Victoriaville´s Colisee, a huge venue
that normally hosts hockey matches, Christian Marcley was
up there spinning discs as he´s been known for doing
since before Djs invaded the culture world. He was creating
a wild sound world with records played forward, backward,
in the cracks, or as trampolines for bouncing needles. He
is also prone to break them into bits or fling them out
to the audience, showing the greatest respect for his medium
by reinventing usage.
Flanking him were two rock-stars - Thurston Moore and Lee
Ranaldo, the sonic conjurers of Sonic Youth - coaxing all
manner of weird sounds from their electric guitars. Feedback
rose and fell in heaving crescendos, drum sticks were inserted
between strings, and for an hour and change, a wall of beautiful
noise was erected, then smashed to bits, with no pesky backbeats
or melodies to upset the mesmeric abandon.
This was the apt, affectingly climactic event of the 16th
annual New Music Festival in Victoriaville, Quebec, still
one of the most unique festivals of its kind on the continent.
Josef Woodard, in: The Independent, June 3, 1999