Stuart Broomer, Musicworks:
Boro, a 2018 first-time meeting with Winnipeg-based sound artist Doreen Girard, develops a more abstracted quality, with recordings of the duo “overlaid and minimally edited” to create a single twenty-six-minute piece. The layering both extends and randomizes the interaction, developing dense fields of low-level events and simulating a brilliant improvising quartet of largely indistinguishable members. Girard plays the tsymbaly, a Ukrainian hammer dulcimer; eschewing any traditional use, she creates a certain hollow resonance that in one segment effectively foregrounds Olive’s whistling electronic musings. Both mysterious and compelling, Boro eventually recedes into the quietest of bell-like tinkles.
Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly:
... a short CD, of just over twenty-six minutes, and it is quite lovely. It starts like a bumpy ride, with the strings being plucked and Olive on his pickups with some rough sounds; it sounds quite raw with loving intention. It cracks and bursts under the mild attacks, but then slowly moves gentler explorations, in which the bow starts playing a bigger role. In the final section, these two ends are going for a clash of bowing, scraping and some lovely textures produced by Olive, with sounds almost sparking off from whatever it is that he touches upon. It is quite the rocky road but it works all very well. There is a collage-like approach yet because of superimposing various recordings together there is also a great continuity in this.
Mark Wharton, Idwal Fisher:
These two releases on Tim Olive’s 845 Audio label are recent and still available via Bandcamp and hopefully in hard copy. I urge you to investigate but only if you have the time and patience. Yes, yes, yes, I know, shut up with the patience thing. We know we’re not here for a beery sing-a-long. This time around Olive collaborates with Martin Tétreault and Doreen Girard, or vice-versa if you prefer. Tétreault working with turntables and electronics and Girard on prepared tsymbaly, that's a dulcimer in case you were wondering [I was].
On Boro’s single 26-minute track this results in a wash of scraping, droning, twanging, frotting, tink and howl as Girard tugs, shoves and maybe for all I know breathes across her strings creating a crumbling world of zings and crashes. Faune [recorded in 2013] is full of skree, tiny machine sounds, throbbing drone. Loops from Tétreault’s turntables speed up and slow down, gentle knocks and rumbles and through all this Olive works his magnetic pickups, strings are pulled through guitar strings, tiny wire brushes are deployed, coils, violin bows, tuning forks maybe circuit boards from dusty PC towers were crushed between weighted palms? All marvellous.
released May 8, 2019
Doreen Girard: prepared tsymbaly
Tim Olive: magnetic pickups
Recorded in Saskatoon, Oct. 2018
Catalog Number: 845-12
Format: Glass-mastered CD, hand-stamped recycled-chipboard cover
Limited Edition of 100
Mixed/Mastered by Craig Boychuck
First meeting of Winnipeg-based Doreen Girard and Kobe/Canada's Tim Olive, the day before a performance at Sounds Like festival in Saskatoon. An afternoon of recordings, overlaid and minimally edited.