https://continuo-docs.tumblr.com/post/649601819654438912/music-reviews-by-laurent-fairon-april-2021-uteThe duo of Felix Petrescu and Valentin Toma from Timișoara, Makunouchi Bento are the first experimental electronic musicians we heard from Romania 20 years ago—before that, us Westerners only knew of the Romanian composers like Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram or Costin Miereanu. Post-Muzica 34 is a radiophonic sound art piece Makunouchi Bento created for a Romanian radio broadcast in April 2021. It is entirely based on environmental sound recordings from Timișoara, processed and assembled into an aural narrative, a portrait of their hometown. To the unexpected ear, the music might sound entirely electronic, but in fact is largely based on processed field recordings of trains, car engines, car horns, sirens, birds, animals in a zoo, voices, etc. All original sounds being heavily processed, you have to pay attention to recognize some of them. What you can’t fail to notice, though, is the great variety of sound effects applied, the weird, fantastic sounds, and the Surrealist atmosphere of the piece, which is also remarkably assembled into a coherent narrative, almost like a hörspiel. My only complain is the lack of stereo use throughout, perhaps because this was an improvised live broadcast and the duo didn’t care for stereo then. This petty drawback only adds to the vintage aspect of Post-Muzica 34, which brought to my mind echoes of Luciano Berio and Bruno Maderna’s “Ritratto di Città” [Portrait of a City], 1955, and even Walter Ruttman’s silent movie “Berlin, Symphony of a Great City”, 1927, in regard to the narrative form. An ambitious hörspiel, Post-Muzica 34 has that kind of historical-cum-avantgarde approach.