Piece Comment

Review of Late (French) Summer

Marjorie Van Halteren's brief sound sculpture lives, quite comfortably, somewhere on the continuum between Ken Nordine and Laurie Anderson. It evokes less the French countryside in August than it does Van Halteren's attempts to comprehend what's around her. As such it's more interested in trying to render the mechanics of thought than presenting a conventional audio postcard. Polished and confident, the piece does offer a programing challenge because of its style and length. It needs to be carefully placed, but could be an interesting anchor for the right music mix. It is the sort of piece that might be overwhelmed by its neighbors.