"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


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?



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



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)


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.



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)