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"all at once is what eternity is"

13 january 2010

photography & artwork: delphine ancelle-b.

danielle baquet-long & will long: strings, tape, samples, field recordings
recorded october 2007


celer is the sound, visual, literary, and artistic endeavor of the husband and wife duo of will long and danielle baquet-long (she sadly passed in july '09). celer fastly gained a big name in the ambient/experimental world thanks to exquisite self-releases and soon was approached by numerous international renowned labels such as infraction, and/oar, mystery sea, smallfish or spekk (a collaboration with mathieu ruhlmann).
based upon strings, samples and field recordings, this 22min is another example of the simple beauty celer was able to create...


tracklisting :
1. all at once is what eternity is



reviews :

Vital Weekly
What Drone Records does with 7"s, does Taalem with 3"CDR releases. Quite a success and getting more and more great names added to the series. People that we know otherwise from the real CD releases, which aren't afraid to put something out on a 3"CDR. Celer for instance gained quite a reputation in a short time span. What I didn't know about Celer is that Danielle Baquet-Long, one half of Celer, passed away in July 2009 of heart failure. Since then no new works are created, and all works that are released now, are from the duo of Will Long and Danielle Baquet-Long, recorded before that. 'All At Once Is What Eternity Is' is a very fine piece, a signature Celer piece. Meandering drones, with some acoustic sounds in the early parts of the piece. Maybe the sound of crop fields in the wind, along with some bells and chimes. An excellent piece of music. [...] (FdW)

Après la sélection 100% japonaise du bimestre dernier, Taâlem se tourne aujourd'hui vers les Etats-Unis dont sont originaires les trois artistes de cette série de sorties.
Celer ouvre le bal en beauté, avec le splendide "All at once is what Eternity is", vingt-deux minutes d'une musique ambient et mélancolique, riche en textures et en événements marquée par la beauté simple que le couple / duo parvenait à évoquer avec presque rien, nous laissant hélas un goût amer puisque, avec le décès de Danielle Baguet-Long, moitié de Celer, l'an dernier, ce CD-R, dont le titre a été composé en 2007, risque bien d'être l'une des dernières traces discographiques de l'un des projets les plus envoûtants de ces dernières années. [...]
Cela devient une habitude de l'écrire, mais une fois encore, cette nouvelle série de CD-Rs s'avère être une totale réussite, que tous les amateurs de musiques aventureuses se doivent de posséder dans leur discothèque. (Jean-François Micard)

Just imagine finding the love of your life ... And in the years together work on art together in which the purest and most sincere of your emotions find their place ... And then lose that person ... It happenes to many, and it's sadly a mere fact of life. Probably most of us already encountered losing 'someone' and a few of us maybe that deforementioned "one" ...
Celer is the couple Will Long and Danielle Baquet-Long and is sadly no longer in existence after the death of Danielle on july 8th 2009, age 26. The information about the choice to release this work - the when, the how - is not available, but it does invite to find out more about the earlier output of Celer
This release is the first time I ever heard of them and their project and I must say I am very pleasently surprised. "All At Once Is What Eternity Is" is a combination of droney samples with classical, stringlike structures in combination with fieldrecordings. Music like this would fit very well on a label like Projekt.
The ghostly image on the CD of a staircase in an industrial area fits the music very well. Another proof for the 'full package" Taalem deliveres time after time. 8.7 (Bauke)