"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

20/10/2018

I pini del Gianicolo



La troisième partie lento du célèbre poème symphonique d'Ottorino Respighi "Pini di Roma" composé en 1924, est intitulée "I pini del Gianicolo", évoquant l'ambiance de la nuit sous ce qui est considéré comme la huitiéme colline de Rome*, le Janicule, en bordure de la rive droite du Tibre.

Vers la fin de cette partie un solo de clarinette se fait entendre ainsi que le vrai chant d'un merle.
Pour la première de cette oeuvre le 14 décembre 1924 à Rome au Teatro Augusteo, avec l'Orchestre de l'Académie nationale Sainte-Cécile sous la direction de Bernardino Molinari, ces chants de merle étaient diffusés par des phonographes, ou plus vraisemblablement par des gramophones. 
Sans doute une des toutes premières fois ou l'appareil gramophone est introduit dans l'orchestre classique 
en tant qu'instrument à part entière, pour un concert public.
De nos jours, ce charme est rompu car le chant du merle est diffusé par bande, sampler, ou autre support audio.


The third lento part of Ottorino Respighi's famous symphonic poem "Pini di Roma" composed in 1924, is entitled "I pini del Gianicolo", evoking the atmosphere of the night under what is considered the Janiculum, the eighth hill of Rome, along the right bank of the Tiber.
Towards the end of this part a clarinet solo is heard as well the true song of a blackbird.
For the premiere of this piece on December 14, 1924 in Rome at the Teatro Augusteo, with the Orchestra of the National Academy Sainte-Cécile under the direction of Bernardino Molinari, these songs of blackbird were broadcast by phonographs, or more likely by gramophones.
No doubt one of the first times the gramophone device is introduced in the classical orchestra
as a full instrument, for a public concert.
Nowadays, this charm is now broken because the song of the blackbird is broadcast by tape, sampler, or other audio support.



D'autres utilisations de ces machines ont lieues à la même période avec notament la composition inachevée de l'opéra du "bad boy" Georges Antheil, "Cyclops"
adaptation du douzième épisode d'Ulysse de James Joyce. 
Antheil projettait d'utiliser plusieurs gramophones, ainsi que d'autres appareils mécaniques et électriques sous forme d'installation.
Malheureusement, l'oeuvre ne fut jamais terminée, ni créée.


Other uses of these machines took place at the same time with the unfinished composition of the "bad boy" Georges Antheil’s opera titled "Cyclops", as an adaptation of the twelfth episode of Ulysses by James Joyce. 
Antheil planned to use several gramophones, as well as other mechanical and electrical devices as an installation. 
Unfortunately, the piece was never finished to be composed  and did not happen.

https://rosenbach.org/blog/making-a-verbal-monster-cyclops-in-virgils-aeneid-3-and-joyces-ulysses/
Ulysses: autograph manuscript, “Cyclops” episode
Zurich, [Sept. 1919] Collection of the Rosenbach



"I saw thousand of electric lampsstrung in the heavens and illuminated from one switchboard to create God; vast cinemas projected a new dimension in the skies; music machines large enough to vibrate all cities"
Georges Antheil - circa 1923/24






sources: "noise, water, meat: a history of sound in the arts" a book by Douglas Khan


*  à noter que le Janicule n'est pas recensé dans les fameuses "7 collines de Rome", car ce territoire ne faisant pas partie des contours de l'ancienne ville.
note that the Janiculum is not listed in the famous "7 hills of Rome" because this territory is not part of the contours of the old city.


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16/10/2018

Harlem & Cotton Club


 
Harlem (New-York City) in the 1930's, city life and nightclub scenes.
This excellent archive's movie shows the Cotton Club
with an excerpt of "old man blues" by Duke Ellington and band (start at 2'50")
The speed of the movie is corrected.

 

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& another Duke's special
with Cotton Club dancers Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill



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12/10/2018

IRèNE, bien sûr



IRèNE  is a french quartet with

Julien Desprez (guitar)
Yoann Durant (saxophone & tube)
Clément Edouard (sax & électronique)

"Irène tremble et s'attache à l'incompréhensible et à la poésie des autres...
Irène crée le doute, la surprise et stimule l'écoute dans une musique non formatée." 


their Cd titled IRéNe Nek on the Cartonrecords label


"Cette formation de quatre musicien attaque à l'estomac avec une fougue que ne renieraient pas bien des rockeurs" - Rock'n'Folk

amazing's IRèNE 's excerpt of a concert at La Dynamo in 2013
with 2 antipodal pieces: "Bien sûr" & "Sextet" 


 

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07/10/2018

Circles (6)


"Sulcorebutia"  from Dora Lou de Ker Ann

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3 sculptures by Eric M. de La Vivanderie


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from Chevrolet's factory - USA - 1936


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https://acloserlisten.com/2018/09/18/michael-lightborne-sounds-of-the-projection-box/

"Sounds of the Projection Box" by  Michael Lightborne

"This new record contains recordings, made in 2016 and 2017, documenting the shifting sonic texture of the cinema projection box, as it changes from 35mm to digital projection. By 2014, the majority of UK cinemas had already converted to digital, making many projectionists redundant, and quietly altering the way that cinema works, as both an industry and an experience. Very few cinemas maintain the ability to project 35mm film alongside digital, and it was in some of the remaining, tenacious boxes that I sought the persistent sounds of analogue projection...
This album was developed as part of The Projection Project, a research project based in the Film and Television Studies Department at the University of Warwick, which seeks to record and investigate the history of cinema projection in Britain..."
Michael Lightborne 

to listen to : here



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and other circles to discover here

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05/10/2018

Estridentismo

http://boisbresilcie.blogspot.com/2016/

"Stridentism", influenced by many trends as the most important, the Italian Futurism, was an artistic and multidisciplinary avant-garde movement, founded in Mexico City at the end of 1921 by Manuel Maples Arce.
Stridentism (1921-1927 when the group separates, for political reasons) shared some characteristics with Cubism, Dadaism, Futurism and Ultraism, but developed a specific social dimension, taken from the Mexican Revolution.


Manuel Maples Arce (May 1, 1900 - June 26, 1981) was a Mexican poet, writer, art critic and collector, lawyer and diplomat. He began his volumes of poetry with epigraphs and his literary movement with manifestoes; his collected body of work needs an introduction.


In 1976, the young writer Roberto Bolaño did an interview with this avant-gardist poet who appears as a character in Bolaño's novel Los detectives salvajes (1998).

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”L’estridentismo non é una scuola, nè una tendenza, nè una mafia come quelle che qui vanno di moda; l'Estridentismo é una ragione di strategia. Un gesto. Un irruzione”
Manuel Maples Arce -1923

"cancion de cuna" by mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas



Strident  
A. − [En parlant d'un son]: Qui est à la fois aigu et intense...
B. − P. méton. Qui émet un son intense; qui s'accompagne d'un tel son.  
C. − PHONÉT. Consonne stridente. Consonne caractérisée, en opposition aux consonnes mates, par la présence dans son spectre acoustique d'un bruit d'intensité particulièrement élevé et par une répartition irrégulière de l'intensité...
source CNRTL

 
 

& about the Mexican Painter Ramon Alva de la Canal (1892-1985), one of the pioneers of the "Mexican muralism" movement, who was also part of the stridentism,
look at the second part of the documentary  "Ramon Alva de la Canal y el Estridentismo"
 
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