This music is the response to an invitation by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, whose curators asked Chartier and Deupree to create a soundscape for a retrospective exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto, a famous Japanese photographer whose splendid “Boden Sea” picture is featured on the cover of this CD. The light and dark shades of grey seen there give a correct perspective on the deeply affecting sensorial blur that the music elicits. Thick clouds of gaseous matter, moving from one side to the other in the stereo field, follow dazzling pulses that seem to come from everywhere except the speakers. Washes of hissing low-pressure ectoplasms join catatonic loops, leading us into territories that might not be unknown to the experts in this area but, thanks to the brilliant sense of spacing that only artists at this level have, the music radiates with that sort of interior harmoniousness that causes the recollection of the most striking personal experiences. At one moment, and I never doubted that it had to happen right then, the outside afternoon light projected the shadow of trembling leaves on the wall of my room, in the very same instant in which the sound particles had gathered around me and my wife, both in a gentle torpor state: it looked like the sound’s warmth was trying to caress our head. The whole “Specification.Fifteen” is just that, a significant exposure to something impalpable, yet able to change the heartbeat’s rhythm when one finally surrenders to its constant slow flow.


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