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Live In Los Angeles
"The collaborative performance project Chessmachine by Richard Chartier (US) and Ivan Pavlov (aka COH) (RUS). An unusual release for Line, Chessmachine's live sound is alternately loud and quiet, mysterious and genuinely unsettling. A certain humor shapes the conceptual dialectics of the Chessmachine live experience. Their interplay suggests the historical confrontation of East and West; an austere and chilling tete-a-tete over the chessboard that reconstructs the somber milieu of a bygone Europe, even as it conveys a kind of absurdist levity through the rehearsed performance of these roles. The use of MAC and PC computer operating systems by Chartier and Pavlov, respectively, becomes the late-20th century manifestation of classic Cold War combatants. Through their engagement, a process of sonic and aesthetic displacement unfolds, such that one player's strategic manipulation of sound begins slowly to affect and then determinatively shape the compositional technique of the other."