Déboutonné is a kind of milestone in the story of René Lussier’s love for the guitar.
Déboutonné is a kind of milestone in the story of René Lussier’s love for the guitar. It’s a story written outside any established language, yet it follows in the footsteps of numerous other guitarists. In March 1999, we invited Lussier to an Avatar residency to pursue his research into the connections between language and music. In January 2000 he returned to start mixing the sound, which involved selecting microphone positions according to the sounds themselves. Or you could say he chose to be heard the way he hears himself. Mixing was a tool to reconfigure the acoustic space so as to highlight spontaneity along with his abilities as an improviser and composer. The recording’s 13 tracks attest to this radically personal experience.
Déboutonné was broadcast on Navire Night, produced by Hélène Prévost, on Radio-Canada’s Chaîne culturelle.