”La terre, il se pourrait bien après tout que ce soit une espèce
de merveilleux petit appareil enregistreur, plaçé là par on ne sait qui,
pour capter tous les bruits qui circulent mystérieusement dans l’Univers.”
Pierre Reverdy - ”En vrac” - 1929

"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

27/03/2019

Robert Wyatt sings John Cage



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


via Mauro Graziani 

25/03/2019

Fou records


Jean Marc Foussat est un preneur de sons, un passionné de musique et d’exploration de paysages improbables, doublé d'un producteur de nombreux disques, dont certains des siens.
C'est aussi un joueur de synthés prolixe au vu de son innombrable production personnelle:  
au défi de simplement CALCULER COMBIEN DE TEMPS cela prendrait de tout écouter avec tout ce qu'il a archivé de ses travaux personnels, mais aussi de TOUT ECOUTER!
Les écouter deux par deux est parfois une solution transversale et agréable,
mais inefficace du point de vue du "temps à écouter" - alors 4 par 4??!!
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Jean Marc Foussat is a sound engineer, an enthusiastic fan of music(s) and explorator of improbable landscapes, 
as well a producer of many records (including some of his own), and also a prolix synthetiser player.
Have a look on his innumerable personal production and let’s try the challenge of simply CALCULATING HOW LONG IT would take to listen everything he archived as his personal work, but also TO LISTEN ALL THE FILES! 

Listening two by two is a transversal and pleasant solution, but ineffective from the point of view of "time to listen" - so 4 by 4 ?? !!

http://tout.seul1.free.fr/


Le fourmillant label Fou Records créé par Foussat publie des enregistrements de nombreux événements/concerts, principalement des duos avec des personnalités du monde des scènes "musiques improvisées, free, alternatives et autres excentriques...", comme Jean-Luc Petit, Claude Parle, Maria Luisa Capurso, Joe Mc Phee, Annick Nozati, Derek Bailey, Phil Minton, Joëlle Léandre, Peter Kowald, Daunik Lazro ... 
et de nombreux autres.
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The swarming label Fou Records created by Foussat publishes recordings of many events / concerts, mainly duets with figures from the "improvised music, free, alternative and other eccentric ..." scenes, as Jean-Luc Petit, Claude Parle Maria Luisa Capurso, Joe McPhee, Annick Nozati, Derek Bailey, Phil Minton, Joelle Leandre, Peter Kowald, Daunik Lazro ... and many others.

 
Aussi le plaisir (trop rare) de produire quelques disques vinyl avec d'excellentes archives
de nos amis Jean-François Pauvros et Jean Marc Foussat lui même.
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With the too rare pleasure to produce some vinyl records with amazing archives of our friends Jean-François Pauvros and Jean Marc Foussat himself.

https://www.fourecords.com


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On peut,
après tout,
vivre sans le je-ne-sais-quoi,
comme on peut vivre
sans philosophie, sans musique, sans joie et sans amour.
Mais pas si bien.

Vladimir Jankélévitch

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L'itinéraire du voyage recommande bien sûr de passer par le "99 rue du Ruisseau" de Foussat et Fred Marty en concerts duo (2015), avant de regarder "Une image dans les voix" avec Christiane Bopp et constater qu'il s'agit de "L'oiseau aux plumes bariolées" et d'un "Marteau Rouge" pour ensuite avec Claude Parle et João Camões, à "L'autre bout" , constater "D'où vient la lumière".
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Recommended itinerary: through the "99 rue du Ruisseau" of Foussat and Fred Marty in duet concerts (2015), before to listen to "Une image dans les voix" with Christiane Bopp and observe "L'oiseau aux plumes bariolées" , then a "Marteau Rouge" with Claude Parle and João Camões, and "L'autre bout", to notice "D'où vient la lumière".








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19/03/2019

Alzheimer



"Alzheimer" is the name of a band (gang?) where Paul Desenne, the composer born in Caracas (Venezuela), is part of with Alonso Toro and Pedro Vásquez and other guests.

"un grupo experimental muy interesante de Caracas"

The studio creations of this collective band explores forgotten roots of Latin American music through fictional recreations.
The nine original pieces from the heteronymous CD released in 2001 propose quartets including Venezuelan cuatro, Renaissance cornetto, Hawaïan bamboo clarinet and electric cello, to gigantic tribal fantasies involving many percussionists, a large choir and other guest players on diverse instruments with lot of humour. Evocating Tom Ze, Chico Mello, Pascal Comelade and other atypical artists...


Just notice that the music of this excentric band does not have any links with the music of Paul Desenne. As a parenthesis in his work, the "Alzheimer" project may seen strange in view of his main repertoire which is articulated around more classical compositions, as chamber works, cello quartet, wind nonets, cantata for voices, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra with traditional Venezuelan instruments, violin concerto...

(Paul Desenne) Es uno de los compositores más versátiles en el ámbito latinoamericano y es ampliamente reconocido por sus juegos y mezclas entre músicas "académicas" y músicas tradicionales de su país.

En 2007 the "Yopo Time" is a record which compiled different works for chamber orchestra composed in between 1997 and 2003.



Don't forget to have a look on the serious Desenne's blog
"Musical Thoughts from Venezuela"
PRESTISSIMO !
with its spanish version (2011 to 2014)


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15/03/2019

Circles (8): compass & target




Boussole de géomancie, Chine du Sud - 19ème siécle
Bois laqué - don du missionaire Charles Pitton au Musée des Missions circa 1885
courtesy of MEG


Boussole philosophique

Boussole ancienne


Boussole "Madonna Dell'Orto"


night light


unknown virtual circle


target - Solaris


& now, just rotate with Molen!

& all circles and grooves HERE


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13/03/2019

Noir silence

"Il pourra arriver qu'un son inexplicable par des événements mécaniques, éclate au coeur de la nuit… 
peut-être continuerez-vous à penser qu'il s'agit d'un cri, d'une voix animale; 
vous écoutez, et des sons préparatoires s'organisent, 
il se peut que vous n'entendiez pas le filament du néon qui scintille, 
en vérité, vous n'avez rien entendu, vous devez l'admettre. 
...
Ces bruits, comme de menus glissements de failles, provoquent ce tremblement de choses qui peu à peu s'effritent… 

Plongé dans le silence, il se peut qu'un bruit soit alarmant. 
Plongé dans le noir, il se peut qu'un flash soit inquiétant. 
Plongé dans le noir, il se peut qu'un son strident soit irritant. 
Immergé dans la lumière, il se peut qu'un silence soit éloquent…" 

Oscar Teppaz  in  "La loi du silence" - octobre 1932


 

10/03/2019

Phil Dadson


The New-Zealander Phil Dadson born in 1946, studied fine arts in Auckland (NZ), majoring in sculpture and time-based arts. He had the chance to work in the UK 1968/69 with Cornelius Cardew's foundation group for a Scratch Orchestra.
Back in New Zealand in 1970, he founded a Scratch Orchestra in 1970 and later in 74 the avant-garde ensemble "From Scratch", which would use everything from old lampshades to customised PVC pipes to perform its intricate, rhythmic compositions.

https://vimeo.com/29907475

Since that period, he also activates lot of different projects in between collective performance, sound sculpture, experimental instrument building, video installation, teaching methods, and, of course, rythmical compositions.

Phil who received many major awards and commissions including a Fullbright travel award to the USA, and research, exhibition and performance grants, devotes his energy, full time, to his own work.


https://vimeo.com/277903491

some pieces
- SOUND TRACKS, and exhibited Tapping the Pulse; video and film works from 1971-2004
- sound-sculpture TENANTENNAE at the Connells Bay Sculpture Park on Waiheke Island
- has co-authored Slap Tubes and other Plosive Instruments- a DIY guide to building a variety of slap tube instruments,
- In 2011, Phil participated in the Kermadec Ocean project, curated by Gregory O'Brien, in support of a Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary. Phil joined a number of artists voyaging on the HMNZS Otago to Raoul Island and onto Tonga Tapu.


 


a few works
"Drumwheel" with two different versions from 1979 & 2018
"Urban devas" with Carol Brown and dancers - 2010
"Wobble Ova Oases" with Chris Connor in Heart' Heart performance series

and many many other works to look, listen at and follow on his Vimeo Channel
and don't miss From Scratch's piece called "Drum/Sing" -1984

An article to read in the next April issue of Wire around Dadson's heritage of the Scratch Orchestra with Cornelius Cardew in England in the late 60's.

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06/03/2019

Aynur Doğan


 
The 2018' very famous singer and cultural icon of the Kurdish people
  Aynur Doğan
live with the Morgenland Chamber Orchestra


"Keca Kurdan"
Aynur & the Morgenland Chamber Orchestra
featuring Ibrahim Keivo (vocals), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Cemil Qocgiri (tembur), 
Rony Barrak (darbouka), Hussein Zahawy (daf) 
conducted by Naci Özgüc 
Arrangement: Wolf Kerschek 
filmed by Günter Wallbrecht


dont let the Kurds fall !

&
listen to this amazing piece with fabulous darbouka and daf solits


 
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01/03/2019

Felix Blume


Felix Blume is a french sound artist and sound engineer for lots of movies and art pieces; he works and lives between Mexico and France.
His work is focused on listening, it invites us to live sonic experiences that enable a different perception of the surrounding. He uses sound as a basic material in sound pieces, videos, actions and installations. His process is often collaborative, working with communities, using public space as the context within which he explores and presents his works. 

He creates some amazing installations, using radio, human dialogues both with inhabited natural and urban contexts, in what voices can tell beyond words. My best are : "Sapo", "Informal chorus" with Daniel Godinez Nivon, "Sound cane" ...

"...Me gusta que llegas a la exposición y es como un pequeño oasis, hay belleza en el sonido, hay una experiencia estética. Es una exposición para estar y perderse adentro de ella. Ver el elemento plástico, ver las cosas que se conectan. Hay una voluntad de hacer y articular algo y esto implica un riesgo. Conecté, contacté porque encontré potencial para hablar de lo que me interesaba. Un nuevo materialismo.
Por otro lado, el arte sonoro tiene una tradición muy conservadora de eliminar todos los demás sonidos, en una especie de reivindicación del sonido. A mí lo que me interesa es la problematicidad que hay entre visión y audición y la alusión a otros sentidos desde otros sentidos..." 

Felix Blume - May 2018 - itw by Jessica Díaz

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http://www.felixblume.com/deathinhaiti/

In 2018, he published a CD around funeral brass band: "Death in Haïti: funeral brass sounds & sounds of Port au Prince"

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One of his last work is a site-specific sound installation entitled "Rumors from the sea", composed of hundred of bamboos and flutes on the coast of Krabi, a work commissioned by the Thailand Biennale.



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