The underlying concern of La théorie des nerfs creux is that of making the flood of recollection audible along the electrified channels of living memory.
What else is the remembered past but the outline of a wave in the mental sea of electrical charges? Just try to hold one idea in your mind for a few seconds. Even in the deadest room, the darkest dark, your brain is drowning in sparks—sometimes a fine spray like electric rain, sometimes a sudden torrential downpour. Thinking makes noise.
Jocelyn Robert’s La théorie des nerfs creux was Avatar’s third CD release and the first from an Avatar co-founder on the Avatar label. It came out in 1996, bristling with mechanical, electrical, and digital sound energy.