"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

30/06/2017

Manhatta



"Manhatta" is a short documentary directed in 1921 by the famous photographer Paul Strand and the painter Charles Sheeler, including excerpts from the writings of Walt Whitman


The movie consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure around the city of Manhattan. Completely restored in January 2009 by archivist Bruce Posner, a musical score was added with a music by Donald Sosin, one of today’s leading silent film composers. 

29/06/2017

Elisabeth Chojnacka


RIP Elisabeth Chojnacka, one of the best harpsichord player in the last decennies, 
so famous for contemporary music...

She loved to play Maurice Ohana (Wamba et Conga - 1983), Henryk Górecki (Concerto pour clavecin - 1980), Toshi Ichiyanagi, Franco Donatoni, Marius Constant, Francis Poulenc, Luc Ferrari, André Boucourechliev, Francis Miroglio, Aldo Clementi, Roberto Carnevale, Betsy Jolas, Manuel de Falla, Jean Wiener, Krzysztof Meyer 
as well lot of contemporary legends just composed for her harpsichord' pieces: György Ligeti, François-Bernard Mâche, Iannis Xenakis, Zygmunt Krauze and Michael Nyman.


"Wamba et Conga" - Maurice Ohana - played by Elisabeth Chojnacka,
Recorded in October 1987 in Studio 107, Maison de Radio France, Paris




https://www.discogs.com/fr/artist/212000-Elisabeth-Chojnacka

"Hungarian Rock" (Chaconne) - György Ligeti by Elisabeth Chojnacka



"Insertions" (de Francis Miroglio) fait aussi appel à la forme ouverte comme Archipel Vb (1970) et Anarchipel (1971) d’André Boucourechliev, ainsi que Musical Box (1970) de Georges Aperghis. ... "Insertions" se compose de huit séquences dont l’enchaînement est libre, et dont la dernière fait appel à l’imagination et à la créativité de l’interprète qui la construit à l’aide de motifs désignés par le compositeur dans les séquences précédentes..." 
Emmanuelle Tat - Le Clavecin en France

https://www.discogs.com/fr/Elisabeth-Chojnacka-Clavecin-2-000-Harpsichord-Cembalo-2-000/master/1027400

"Insertions" composed by Francis Miroglio

28/06/2017

Why are we sleeping?


"Why are we sleeping?"
the well known song from the debut album of Soft Machine (1968), when Kevin Ayers was its bass player.
Here, later in 1970, live at the Tavern with the young Mike Oldfield and the great Lol Coxhill on saxophone...

24/06/2017

Bi-Neumes

"Neumes Rythmiques" is a piece composed by Olivier Messiaen in 1966.
The third part of the studies titled "Quatre études de rythme" for piano.

By chance, two parts of this Olivier Messiaen's composition played together in my computer. The result is amazing. The piece is reduced by half time. And the composition persist to be great. Just need two piano players!

21/06/2017

Radio Nova


Radio Nova commence à émettre en septembre 1981, après que François Mitterand et son gouvernement aient libéré les ondes pour laisser accès aux "radios libres" ; née de la rencontre de Jean François Bizot bouillonnant fondateur du magazine Actuel et de dissidents de Radio France et de son "Atelier de Création Radiophonique". 

Les premières années de son existence, l'approche de cette radio est expérimentale ; l’objectif est de rompre avec les formats radiophoniques traditionnels, de créer une ambiance et un style à partir de collages de sons, d’enregistrements et de reportages réalisés en extérieur, d’archives sonores et radiophoniques, de musique: de ce qu'on appelle la "radio magnétique" propre à la "création radiophonique". 


Radio Nova a créé une identité sonore forte, immédiatement reconnaissable par les styles éclectiques de musiques et de sujets qu'elle manipule, tout autant que par ses génériques, sortes de mini-fictions utilisant documents d'archives, musiques et sons en tout genre, ainsi que des voix étrangères, timbrées, avec accent...

On y pratique l'anonymat des voix et aussi des musiques et documents sonores: pas de "track-listing", seulement un long et perpétuel flux qui en fait "la plus belle bande son de Paris" de l'époque.

Les musiques, toutes les musiques, s'y mixent sans volonté de classification: de l'opéra classique aux rugissements des punks-industriels, des boléros cubains aux techno-pop avant-gardistes, de la musique contemporaine au blues, des poètes sonores aux funks endiablés, des polyphonies pygmées aux chants des oiseaux ... sans oublier le rock, le jazz, l'afro-beat et le reggae.




 a collection of Nova' jingles of the early 80s   here & here

Radio Nova 98.6


Two jingles from Radio Nova in early 80s.
 


The team of the radio in early 80s was: Andrew Orr, Jean Marc Fombonne, Frédérique Leroux, Sirali, Charlie Franck, Catherine Foussadier, Eve Couturier, François Dumas, Jean Jacques Palix, Roudoudou, Lionel "Fox" Magal, Thierry Magal, Thierry Planelle, Catherine Lagarde, Fadia Dimerdji, Patrick Leygonie, Angela Lorrente, Christine Jacquet

& many other collaborators as Pierre Lattés, Anaïs Prosaïc, Sapho, Théo Hakola, Monique Veaute, Bertrand Duquenelle, Dominique Pasqualini, Brice Couturier, Karl Zéro et Daisy d'Errata, Gerhard Paproth,

as well Actuel's reporters and writers as Jean Pierre Lentin, Frédéric Joignot, Yannick Blanc, Patrice Van Eersel, Bernard Zekri, Patrick Rambaud ... & of course Jean François Bizot.

& many occasional other ones.


 

20/06/2017

Poetry of the telephone

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08v8lzk

Our friend, the english artist Graeme Miller captures the poetry of the landline. In this half hour, we follow the arc of a single call from dialling to hanging up, taking in the sweep across the global landscape of the 20th century. He draws out the private habits and distinctive speech as well as the collective dreams and nightmares of the landlines art and culture.



"Brighstone 428" is a wonderfull radio-show on BBC Radio 3, a sound-drama treating of the poetry of this emotive way to communicate with people (in the 70s: at home, or standing inside a cabin, or out in the traffic' tumult) and the nostalgia of theses old fashioned rings.

"While collaging the mores and cadences of telephone behaviour and speech the piece also lands in the physical space of the landline - the actual line and the real land. The world of the telephone engineer atop a telegraph pole; the village operator, the maintenance or laying of underwater cables, the middle-of-nowhere phonebox which exists oblique to the density of traffic of information and chat.
The plot lines of death and murder stalking the crossed lines of the city, to the call of the worried voice "Are you still there?". All these spaces are opened up with the reassurances and communities of landline use."
extract of the presentation on the BBC3 post

just click here  
and enjoy!


Also highly recommended: this Radio Nova's jingle from the early 80, using some famous "human voice"...

16/06/2017

Grooves (3) - Scott Macleod


Scott Macleod is living in Oakland (California).
Writer and artist, he has made live, time-based, media, conceptual and/or static work 
in the USA and internationally since 1979. 
His installations and paintings have exhibited in the USA
 and in the Czech Republic, Belgium, England, Italy and Germany. 

Beside of a large-scale production, he produced a serie of targets 
which are wall-mounted sculptures made by unwinding rolled-paper dartboards 
& then rewinding them in various configurations. 











an exhibition "Cibles - Targets",
with some Macleod' pieces,
is now located for this summer in Barjols (France)
curated by Christiane Ainsley & Thierry Azam  &  "Artmandat"



09/06/2017

Mariachi inouïe

 
pic credit: Benjamin Viot

Mariachi is the Nina Garcia's solo project: a radical process around her solid body guitar.
Using the entirety of the instrument as a large palette of sounds as squeaks, roars, rustlings, scrapings, harmonics, metallic impacts, feedbacks, with sometime one or two emerging simple notes and tuned chords, Mariachi make us do an amazing acid-electric-noisy trip.



On the Parisian non-label "No Lagos", her CD compiles different pieces recorded during live performances.

"… un long et tranchant morceau montagneux qui s’enfonce dans le crâne comme l’écho du mauvais temps qui se répercute en montagne. Je ne sais pas à quoi ça tient, peut être la simplicité de l’agencement des sons, la simplicité brutale et décidée des manipulations sur scène, mais il y a quelque chose de très physique dans ce son, quelque chose de tout en muscles et en tension... " - no lagos musique zine, n°1, mars 2015

She sometimes uses to play in duo with the trombone player Maria Bertel: >>>here<<<
and also in trio and quartet with other people.

live at Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival in Lausanne 20.10.2016

07/06/2017

Tube plane

 
http://www.tedmilton.net/tedmilton/index.html
Way back to the past, last century! 

 

The great poet and sax player Ted Milton who formed in 1979  Blurt, a rough band in between punk-rock and funk attitude.
 

 

 

More funky than the more skinny output of NY parodist James Chance, Ted Milton is a grandiose saxophone player, dissonant "à la Charlie Parker", boucing around and some times pure nevrotic sound collagist, as well a great voice screaming with full of energy, reminding The Ex's atmosphere.


here in "Tube plane", recorded live in Berlin, 1980  
with Ted Milton: sax & vocals - Pete Creese: guitar - Jake Milton: drums 

The footage is from the Prelinger Archives and Public Domain

01/06/2017

Grooves (2)

Jean-Pierre Bourquin - "sans titre" tiré de la série "emballages"


Jean Pierre Bourquin - sans titre

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"Etude geste", a work by Marie Reinert