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

Robert Fripp


31/12/2011

My 2011's best



Best albums
Fred Frith, Stevie Wishart & Carla Kihlstedt  :  "The Compass, Log And Lead"
The Tiger Lillies  :  "Woyzeck & the Tiger Lillies"
Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides  :  "Rebetika"
Karima Nayt  :  "Quoi d'autre"
Tchan Tchou Vidal  :  "la gitane"
Michel Henritzi  :  "Shinjuku blues & whispering shadows"
Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler  :  "Wameedd"
Johann Johannsson  :  "The miners hymns"
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer  :  "Re:ECM"
Armenak Shah-Mouradian  :  "Songs by Komitas Vartabet"
Tango Crash  :  "Otra sanata"
Anthology  :  "Something Is Wrong - Vintage Recordings From East Africa"

all the works of:
Paul Metzger, Alessandro Bossetti, Jin Hi Kim, Alzheimer, Ethiopian gangsters, Bill Orcutt, Xavier Charles, Asakawa Maki, Fanta Damba (Mali) , L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti, Luigi Nono, Max Richter, Fovea Hex, Alejandro Viñao

and definitively these three songs
"I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Tindersticks
"I'll go crazy" by Terry Edwards
"Besame mucho" by Beñat Achiary


    picture : Susan Philipsz, Sunset Song, 2003

28/12/2011

I want to be evil

"I punish myself more than anybody else does if I am stupid about my actions, and I suffer, really suffer.
Eartha Kitt


25/12/2011

Mogador

"... On dit que la musique est à Mogador un prolongement de la peau de ses habitants d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, de leurs résonances dans le monde, de leurs harmonies et de leurs contrepoints, de leurs éclats percutants et de leurs fugues, de leur regret au soleil quand il se couche et de leur joie au lever de la lune. Dans ce port, la peau a un très vieux nom, qui est synonyme de tambour. On raconte qu'il y a des siècles, avant d'ensevelir un mort, on faisait un tambour avec sa peau. Ce qui explique que les plus anciennes maisons soient pleines de ces instruments de musique, vénérés pendus aux murs. On les respecte, on les aime et on les décroche pour les caresser, façon d'évoquer les défunts de la famille; on les porte souvent aux endroits de la ville où les vents alizés soufflent au large avec le plus de force, et, là, on les agite jusqu'à ce qu'ils produisent de très faibles sons graves et cadencés. D'où le nom que l'on donne aux premiers souffles vespéraux des alizés, quand ils ont fait vibrer les peaux de tambours des morts: vents de requiem..."

Alberto Ruy-Sànchez
in "9 fois 9 choses que l'on dit de Mogador" - ed. Les Allusifs - 2006



24/12/2011

Harmo sleigh

Palix's piece composed for the concert "Twisted Christmas"
@ Barbican - London  - dec. 2008






23/12/2011

Aisha Al Mourta

Aisha Al Mourta is the queen of Samri in Kuwait




عايشة المرطة يا ناس دلوني

Wizard of the strings



Roy Smeck (1900 - 1994) was an american multi-instrumentist
who played banjo, guitar, steel guitar and especially ukulele...


22/12/2011

The Cause of Labour

From the film The Miners' Hymns by Bill Morrison
with the famous music by Jóhann Jóhannsson.



Brass band music has a long association with North East England and with coal mining in particular. One of the earliest known bands was the Coxlodge Institute Band of County Durham, which was founded in 1808. The band played at a ball to celebrate the sinking of a mine shaft at Gosforth Colliery, Newcastle, in 1821, when three hundred people danced to their music 1,100 feet underground.


By the middle of the Nineteenth Century, music- making was, perhaps for the first time, a regular part of community life and not just a pastime for the upper or middle classes. Bands and choirs were springing up all over the country and their membership was predominantly from the working classes. By 1850 almost every village, mine and group of mills in the north of England had its own band and perhaps the majority of working-class bandsmen were miners.

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20/12/2011

Visions of Europe

A great sequence of the movie maker Béla Tarr
excerpt from "Visions of Europe" - 2004
with the music of Mihàly Vig

The idea of this collective movie is simple: Twenty-five countries, twenty-five visions from respected film directors from each of the respective countries that form the new European Community. Each director will give a personal vision of current or future life in this coming cultural melting pot.



19/12/2011

18/12/2011

Combustion Chamber

Combustion Chamber / EWA7
a piece by Annie Gosfield with Roger Kleier and the matchless drummer Chris Cutler
lives at Bates Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
November 2011



01/12/2011

Lmaalem Hmida Boussou

Lmaalem Hmida Boussou, Maître es musique Gnawa

Air 2

New Issue!! The CD "Air2" was recorded during a public event conducted by Olivier Agid  
in Thiers - 17 & 18 september 2010
Music by Agid & Palix, with Emmanuel Lalande, Nicolas Lounis, Eric Maurin, 
Eve Couturier & Fred Wallish.


Raksama Song





to order

29/11/2011

I went to the house...

"I went to the house but did not enter" , a piece by Heiner Goebbels
with Hilliard Ensemble - 2008
Texts by T.S.Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett

27/11/2011

I, an actress

1977 - a short movie by George Kuchar, one of the most prolific underground film-maker alongside Kenneth Anger, Stan Brackhage & Andy Warhol. Georges Kuchar died at 69 last september.




a retrospective is showed now at MoMA PS1

Art's sake

"be blind for art's sake 
and deaf for art's sake 
and dumb for art's sake 
until for art's sake 
they kill for art's sake 
all the art for the art's sake."

 

"soyez aveugles pour l'art
soyez sourds pour l'art,
soyez muets pour l'art
jusqu'à ce que, pour l'art,
on tue - pour l'art -
tout l'art, pour l'art."


from the libretto of "The Craddle Will Rock", a musical written by the Brechtian's Marc Blitzstein in 1937.
The premiere, directed by Orson Welles, was targeted by the W.P.A. because of its left political aspect.
The "New York Times" said the show was "written with extraordianry versatility and played with enormous gusto, the best militant labor has put into the theatre yet".
One of the fist "agitprop" in USA?

25/11/2011

I'll Go Crazy

Terry Edwards sings "i'll go crazy"

Agrégats sensibles

 " Le véritable objet de la science, c'est de créer des fonctions, le véritable objet de l'art, c'est de créer des agrégats sensibles, et l'objet de la philosophie, créer des concepts. "
Gilles Deleuze


22/11/2011

20/11/2011

Guitar

 Beijing airport


Seasons of the year

First part of the amazing movie "The seasons"
directed by Artavazd Pelechian & Mikhail Vartanov in 1972.
The music of Vivaldi is brought at its apogee with this parable poem
which relates high points of armenian history.




highly recommended to see that movie on a big screen!

16/11/2011

09/11/2011

A new Teppaz

Aphorismes, proverbes et expressions # 81 - Joël Hubaut ? Master- Remix(e)!
by Francine Flandrin F2
objet  mobile: livre, papier imprimé, carton, moteur - 20

 in "Les vanités contemporaines", a blog by Francine Flandrin

07/11/2011

Silence 1

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley


06/11/2011

Down the road

Smoke Benders duo version Samm Bennett (vocal, diddley bow, etc.) and Naoya Numa (drums), plus special guest Steve Gardner on the harmonica. Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, on September 14, 2011.

01/11/2011

Piano solo

a piano solo' concert in Berlin with Marilyn Crispell
including an "ode to Messiaen"
not so far away from Cecil Taylor!
via Destination Out


Ordon


ORDON: n,m. Techn. Dans les jeux d'orgue, petites lames que l'on soude à la bouche des tuyaux qui servent à les accorder.
in "Dictionnaire des mots rares et précieux" 

25/10/2011

Experimental

Experimental : the really experimental direction of situationist activity consists in setting up, on the basis of more or less clearly recognized desires, a temporary field of activity favorable in these desires.  
in "S,M,L,XL" O.MA. Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau - 1995





23/10/2011

Mutir

MUTIR: v.tr. S'est dit pour grommeler, faire entendre des grognements inarticulés, comme le font certains muets.
in "Dictionnaire des mots rares et précieux"


19/10/2011

Behind nothing

"Behind nothing" : a new work on CD by Michel Guillet



a chronical of "whitout shade" , his 2008's cd
Don't let that title put you off – there've been plenty of nearly nothings in musique concrète over the years and they've all been really something. This sequel to his Without Shade, adapted from a piece Michel Guillet presented at the Présences Electroniques fest back in 2008, is an impressive collection of eight dense and carefully worked pieces. Michel Guillet, working quietly and patiently away just up the road from here, combines the intricacy and subtlety of classic GRM concrète with the gristle of Xenakis and a Noisy fondness for rough static and raw hiss. But whether it's sourced from analogue or digital sound (both, I suspect), it's the composer that wins out: there's some serious ProTooling (or Sound Forging) going on here, with every sound precisely placed spatially and temporally to assure maximum effect. Fine, uncompromising work – check it out.–DW
via Paris Transatlantic Magazine

buy @ souffle continu

 

Harlem Mambo

This silent YouTube allows to look at the dance in another way

17/10/2011

Vibration of the Earth

A webpage containing earthquake "sounds" created from seismic recordings around the world 

generated by the 2011/03/11 Mw9.0 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

14/10/2011

Teleharmonium

An electromechanical instrument called the Teleharmonium,  was developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897.


A keyboard with 36 notes per octave, and the experience of listening described as "highly irritating". Unfortunately, no recordings have survived



In 1907, Ferruccio Busoni was interested in the Teleharmonium, as well he thought that the "acoustic" instruments were too limited, and in his "Esquisse d'une nouvelle esthétique musicale", he believed in the future "electroacoustic" aera to explore and create new sounds.


07/10/2011

Lumiaks

Live video / music performance.
The Lumiaks - Angie Eng and Sofi Hemon with music by Palix
excerpt from "stars" - may 2011 - Les Voûtes, Paris

03/10/2011

Robert Wyatt sings John Cage



Robert Wyatt sings John Cage’s The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs for voice and piano.


via Mauro Graziani 

02/10/2011

New ideas

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." 
John Cage



28/09/2011

Treatise

the september's issue of the french magazine "Revue et Corrigée" includes a long report , as well interviewes, around "Treatise", the famous score of Cornelius Cardew...

25/09/2011

WTC 9/11

La dernière oeuvre de Steve Reich, interprétée par le Kronos Quartet, en écoute sur Minnesota Public Radio, via le blog de Jean Jacques Birgé



WTC 9/11

23/09/2011

Disques Vogue



An exhibition around the french record's label Vogue, at Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris.

22/09/2011

Transistor



"Nous sommes tous des transistors, au sens littéral du terme. Les ondes arrivent, les antennes les captent..."
Karlheinz Stockhausen

21/09/2011

Folk creature



For me, innovation does not consist in composing European and academic music with inserted “folk” references.  It consists in appropriating academic or technical devices and subordinating them to my purposes as a “folk creature.”  An outstanding prototype of this approach was Bo Diddley’s use of the electric devices of pop music to project the Afro-American sound.
Henry Flynt - 1980

17/09/2011

15/09/2011

Road soundtrack

 

ROAD SOUNDTRACK - A audio trip across the United States.
"Over the next two months I will be crossing the United States from East to West and South to North to compose "Road Soundtrack",  a road movie without the movie.
Material for my composition will be collected from concerts, field recordings, and spontaneous collaborations with several American musicians."

Fred Bigot aka Electronicat

21/08/2011

Glass harmonica


dans Libération du 20/08

la réponse est B, mais il s'agit du "glass harmonica" … instrument de musique qui n'a absolument rien à voir avec l'harmonica!
Michel Becquembois ne penserait-il qu'à son bec?

19/08/2011

Scrupule

Le scrupule, c'est cette petite pièce d'or que les tribuns de la Gréce antique se mettaient dans la bouche pour apprendre à mieux articuler. Démosthéne, qui s'efforçait de corriger ses défauts d'élocution, criait devant la mer, des petits galets plein la bouche, tentant de couvrir le son des vagues.























tableau de Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ

12/08/2011

Yacoumana

Outside looking out


excerpt of "Werckmeister Harmonies", a movie by Béla Tarr

You can’t be idealistic in this world and not be crazy. Because they’ve created such a deep structure now, you can’t get in. And we don’t want to get in, we’re on the outside. But we’re not on the outside looking in, we’re on the outside looking out. So I feel we’re in a very healthy place. The idealists will always be in society, and we will survive.

John Zorn interview with Michael Goldeberg - Bombsite (summer 2002)

06/08/2011

The Amen break

an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break.







http://www.nkhstudio.com/pages/popup_amen.html

03/08/2011

Ice records

Ship horn symphony

in London, 2007, a work by Alvin Curran




"Let us cross a great modern capital with our ears more alert than our eyes, and we will get enjoyment from distinguishing the eddying of water, air and gas in metal pipes, the grumbling of noises that breathe and pulse with indisputable animality, the palpitation of valves, the coming and going of pistons, the howl of mechanical saws, the jolting of a tram on its rails, the cracking of whips, the flapping of curtains and flags. We enjoy creating mental orchestrations of the crashing down of metal shop blinds, slamming doors, the hubbub and shuffling of crowds, the variety of din, from stations, railways, iron foundries, spinning wheels, printing works, electric power stations and underground railways."
Luigi Russolo - The Art of noises (1913)

30/07/2011

Sewing machine

Blues de Ravel





Unfortunately, one of the best and most amazing version of this "Blues" with Monique Haas and Max Rostal  just disappeared of the net!

that one, a bit weak, is with Dong-Suk Kang & Pascal Devoyon.

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
Arthur O'Shaughnessy - Ode from his book Music and Moonlight (1874)

29/07/2011

Dan Yack


" Il remonta tous ses phonographes, tous ses gramophones et les installa par rang de taille sur la grande table. Puis il les équipa d'un disque ou d'un rouleau. Puis, passant rapidement de l'un à l'autre, il les mit tous en branle. Le déclic eut lieu presque simultanément. Les appareils se mirent à tourner. Il y eut un multiple ronron et une voix nasillarde cria:
    - La Marseillaise!...exécutée par la Fanfare de la Garde Républicaine!...
    Mais avant que cette phrase fût achevée, et la couvrant, deux appareils entonnérent, à un quart de tour, lourdement, comme une décharge d'artillerie un matin de fête: Bojé Tzara Chranî. Alors la Garde Républicaine commença la Marseillaise avec une grande démonstration de clairons et de tambours, tandis que d'un d'autre appareil  sortaient à l'instant même les cornemuses du God save the King!
    Tour cela faisait un joli charivari. Les appareils gueulaient à qui mieux mieux.
    - Le soleil! Le soleil! hurlait Dan Yack.
    Il était radieux.
    Il déclencha un dernier phono et la voix langoureuse de Fragson criait dans le tumulte:
       
        Manon, - voici le  -  sssoleil!

    Bari avait sauté du lit. André Lamont s'était levé comme mû lui aussi par un ressort. Il se tenait la tête à deux mains. Il trépignait.
    -Ah! le salaud, le salaud!
    Goischman ne bronchait pas.

        C'est l'amour-maître des cho-ô-ses,

braillait Fragson enroué. Les machines luttaient de force et de vitesse; elles recommençaient toujours; elles n'étaient pas encore aphones comme Dan Yack qui hurlait quand même:
    - Le soleil! le soleil!
    Bari aboyait.
    Goischman ne bronchait toujours pas.
    - Taisez vous! taisez vous! criait Lamont à Dan Yack.
    Les appareils repartaient de plus belle. On entendait les cris des foules, des applaudissements, des milliers de voix, des trompettes, le brouhaha des cortéges, un million de pas trainards.
    Enfin le tsar mourut sur une derniére cadence de pfoû-pfoû; puis ce fut au tour du King de se taire; la Marseillaise roulait toujours, guerrière et démocrate; elle s'arrêta net sur un coup de grosse caisse.
    rrrrrrererererârârârârârâ... faisaient les disques à l'agonie.
    Seule la voix de plus en plus langoureuse de Fragson s'attardait encore dans:

        Laisse-moi dans tes bras blancs
        Bercer des rêves troublants
        Et mon dés-ir qui se pâ-â-â-me.

.... ...."

Blaise Cendrars.  "Dan Yack. Le plan de l'aiguille" .1925/1929 
Enregistré au Dictaphone par l'auteur

Big trouble

a big trouble...


with Push Pull

Push Pull was David Coulter, Vincent Segal, Palix & Igal Foni