Commingled Containers is the duo of Paul Grémare and Romain Hebert, two artists that have worked together in the past in the project A Bangbus for Jennifer Ayache. This noise release seems to focus on harsh noise and walls in tandem, with each of the three cassettes sitting somewhere in between. Commingled Containers is a short film by Stan Brakhage, which I’m assuming is where the project takes its name.
The three cassettes are broken up into ten minute sides, with two out of three featuring side-long pieces. The first tape consists of more harsh noise than wall forms, with each of the tracks moving through noise territory including guitar distortions and feedback, shifts in bass-driven walls, squeals and off-key playing.
The second two tapes are less chaotic, specializing in walls that tend to move slowly and carefully without changing the dimensions of the track. “Meat Love (Part 1)” and “Part 2” serves up two linked tracks that tend to divide their time between slowly evolving walls and planned changes in the texturing. It works well, and it’s the best tape in this set.
The last tape finds Commingled Containers serving up crunchy static while maintaining relatively fixed pieces. “Air-Sud de Rosny (Part 1)” and “Part 2” both move and stay the same at the same time, with static set pieces fixing the listener in place while backgrounds and textures change shape. It’s not as adept as the “Meat Love” tape but it’s still a good listen.
Commingled Containers is quite the varied listen from both artists, but it works well as a three-tape set based (I assume) on an experimental film about textures. Grémare and Hebert are skilled in various forms of noise, not just walls or harshness, and this set utilizes all of their nuances.