|Richard Chartier is a designer, an artist, and perhaps, a neat freak. Throughout his recent work,Chartier has continued to present sound as design - clean, simple design, implying colors and direct lines and shapes; a spotless, modern room; a series of colored screens. His release on Crouton predates this taste, when things were a bit more complex, a bit more intense. And as his recent work sucks the listener into white space, Archival1991 takes you straight into a black hole, in the most comfortable way imaginable. This is a different kind of clean simplicity. The work is beautiful, stunning, and most of all, complexly powerful. The recording is based on two compositions from 1991, using analog and digital synthesizers. In 2003, these original pieces were used as source material for this new work, resulting in an extremely intriguing revisit, and aesthetically true to much of his work from the same period.
Richard Chartier (b.1971), minimal sound/installation artist and graphic designer, has produced critically acclaimed solo recordings for labels including Trente Oiseaux (Germany), LINE (USA), Meme (Japan), and Fallt (Ireland), as well collaborative works with Nosei Sakata (*0),Taylor Deupree, and Kim Cascone on 12k (USA) and has appeared on numerous international compilations. His minimalist work explores the relationship between sound, silence, focus, and the act of listening. Awarded one of twelve Honorable Mentions in the category of Digital Music by the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica, 2001 (Austria), Chartier's CD S e r i e s, was featured in the Whitney Biennial 2002 exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY). More information about the work of Richard Chartier can be found online at: www.3particles.com.