"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp


"Le rôle de l'artiste créateur est de créer des lois, non pas de suivre celles qui sont déjà faites"
Ferruccio Busoni

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker

20/04/2018

Chers amis du meubler perdu



 

 

 

"Chers Amis Du Meubler Perdu, Chers auditeurs" is a performance by Claus Böhmler recorded by Holger Hiller in 1984

 

 

Claus Böhmler, born in 1939, is a german Fluxus artist and media-scientist, working with video, drawing and modern techniques of image reproduction. He lives and works in Hamburg.

This crazy piece is based on a vocal performance in German, English and French 

and is cut on the Edition Block 's EP

"Materialien Zur Postmoderne In Bild Und Ton"

14/04/2018

Omaggio a Joyce



"Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)" is an amazing composition by Luciano Berio, using tape and the voice of Cathy Berberian, his wife, the intense and unique contemporary avant-garde music vocalist. Words are issued from chapter XI "Les Sirènes" of  "Ulysses", the James Joyce's famous novel. As an electroacoustic composition, the piece uses the possibilities of combining phonemes and the meaning of sounds that Joyce used in his text.

https://www.google.fr/search?q=ulysses+cover&safe=off&client=firefox-b&dcr=0&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7qOWlwLnaAhUFIVAKHSwEBBYQsAQIJw&biw=1078&bih=653

A first version, titled "Omaggio a Joyce. Documenti sulla qualità onomatopeica del linguaggio poetico" was for a radio documentary and was build at "Institute of Musical Phonology", in Milan, Italy. Initially conceived for four audio channels, this version was finaly recorded in stereo in 1958 under the title "Thema (Omaggio a Joyce)" and published on a Turnabout' LP. In 1995, it was digitally restored as the definitive version.


"... I tried to interpret musically a reading of Joyce’s text, developing the polyphonic intent that characterizes the eleventh chapter of Ulysses (entitled “Sirens” and dedicated to music), whose narrative technique was suggested to the author by a common procedure of polyphonic music: the fuga per canonem..."  
Luciano Berio

http://cathyberberian.com/biography/
Luciano Berio & Cathy Berberian
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"... par les moyens électroniques, le compositeur multiplie les bribes-mots, décompose et recompose les énoncés continus, les déforme (jusqu'à l'abstraction totale, fouillis de gazouillis et pépiements, souffles), en les manipulant selon des critères d'organisation différents de l'écriture du texte (par essence contraint par la nécessaire signifiance), en variant les vitesses, les durées et les bandes de fréquences..."  
source   



09/04/2018

Cecil Taylor in rehearsal




As a tribute to the great Cecil Taylor who flied away a few days ago, 
just look at the amazing movie directed by Gérard Patris around his work in 1965/66

in the famous serie "Les Grandes Répétitions"

"To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra"  
Cecil Taylor
To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/cecil_taylor_204252


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other links for "Grandes Répétitions" 
with Karlheinz Stockhausen here
& with Hermann Scherchen  here
 
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05/04/2018

In a wandering world





est le titre de l'exposition et du film présentés dans la galerie "L'Autoportrait" à Marseille en 2017 par l'artiste Joséphine de Saint Seine.

https://vimeo.com/234314126
 
Un monde de nuages flottants dans l'air, incluant deux nuages de verre soufflé faisant directement partie de l'installation ayant généré le film éponyme.



"Particles in a wandering world"  is the title of the exhibition and the film showed in the Marseille's art-gallery "L'Autoportrait" in 2017 by the french artist Joséphine de Saint Seine.
A world composed by floating clouds in the air, including two of them carved in blown glass, part of the installation which generated the movie.

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Film : Josephine de Saint Seine
Shooting : Gary Hurst
Editing : Alban Barré 
Original music : Jean Jacques Palix
Thanks : Bob Kohn, Daniéle Rivière & galerie "L'Autoportrait"




&  
two "painted grooves" from past works to look at here

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02/04/2018

Sahba Aminikia


"Shetàbàn", a piece for viola solo played by  Hannah Nicholas.

 

Sahba Aminikia  is an Iranian-American composer born in Tehran in 1981. 
Trained in music by Persian pianists as Safa Shahidi and Gagik Babayan, in Russia at the St. Petersburg Stat Conservatory by Boris Ivanov Tishchenko, and in England by Sir Michael Tippett, he is now living in California.


"Life in Tehran taught me to appreciate hardship and beauty at the same time, and this is something that, due to heavy media propaganda, is mainly obscured in Western minds. I was brought up with the poetry of Hafiz, Rumi, and Saadi, and with Persian classical music, but was also largely exposed to the music of Pink Floyd, Beatles, Queen, and various jazz musicians. This conflict between the morals of a theocracy and Western cultural imports also exists in my mind, and I see it as a life process towards finding a common ground for communication and dialogue in my music."  Sahba Aminikia

He wrote numerous orchestral, vocal and solo pieces  performed all around the world, with famous orchestras and musicians.
He has been commissioned by theater companies, contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups as well as jazz bands including Kronos Quartet, Symphony Parnassus, Mobius Trio, San Francisco Conservatory of New Music Ensemble and many others. 
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The amazing CD "Miniatures" was published by the iranian Hermes Records

http://www.hermesrecords.com/En/Catalogue/Miniatures


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recent works here
 
interview here
 
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Recently in 2017 he was invited as artist-in-residence at Kronos Festival.

"Tar o pood" with the Kronos Quartet 

29/03/2018

Cactus: 33 tours


Les éditions Cactus produisent et diffusent depuis 33 ans
nombre d'objets, disques, livres avec des artistes actifs
dans de nombreux domaines de la production audiovisuelle.

The Cactus editions , now called "La Manufacture des Cactées", 
have been producing and broadcasting for 33 years 
numerous objects, discs, books 
with active artists in many areas of audiovisual production.
 

Maintenant, appelée "la Manufacture des Cactées", les activistes "Cactus" bidouillent toujours autour de la notion d’hybridité, dans les domaines de la production éditoriale audiovisuelle, explorant différents champs tels que ceux de la littérature, de la poésie, de la bande-dessinée, de la musique, de la performance, des arts plastiques et du cinéma, sans jamais y être précisément, éprouvant bien avant l’heure les liens entre musique et arts plastiques, ainsi que la pratique de « la transversalité » chère à notre actuelle période néo-académique.

https://manufacture-des-cactees.bandcamp.com/album/re-vue-020-xx-anniversary-cactus-remix

Pour fêter cet anniversaire,
la Manufacture des Cactées nous livrent de nombreuses archives, notamment sonores. 
Un remix réalisé par le trio audiovisuel METAFONIK
nous permet d'entendre ou ré-entendre
les différents styles et vibrations des fidèles artistes publiés 
depuis l'origine de ce label, localisé en Normandie.

Parmi lesquels
François Banholzer, Pierre Bastien, Rémy Carré, Déficit Des Années Antérieures,
Deux Pingouins, Jean C. Dussin & les Kristoff K. Roll,
le poète Christophe Tarkos,
 El Tiger Comics Group,
le Théâtre des Opérations & Annabelle Cocollos & Vincent Julliard.



A METAFONIK remix of different styles and vibes of faithful artists 
published since the origin of this label located in Normandy, France.


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25/03/2018

Oiseaux-Tempête & G.W. Sok

 
Oiseaux-Tempête is a french band formed by Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul who have choose this name which means a call from the sea.
Their project "Utopiya" is a tribute to Sicilia and Turkéy, in continuity after Greece with their first opus in 2012.

Beside their work, the impressive poetry of G.W.Sok, dutch poet and well-known vocalist of the punk-rock band The Ex for quite 30 years.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.W._Sok

G.W.Sok now collaborates from 2010 with different bands including Cannibales et Vahinées as the italian experimental trio ZU.
He published a recommended book, "Bricks and Valentines", full of his lyrics for years.