”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

”J’entends tous les bruits de la terre grâce à mes oreilles et mes nerfs de cristal
dans lesquels circulent le feu du ciel et celui des volcans.”
Michel Leiris - ”Le point cardinal” - 1927

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker

23/11/2020

Manuscrito antiguo ...

 

 

 

Etrangement, Leo Brouwer, compositeur Cubain du XXéme siècle, est bien connu pour avoir composé un grand nombre de pièces pour guitare, souvent solo, parfois concertantes avec des formations orchestrales de dimensions variées. La notoriété même de cet artiste majeur est en grande part liée à son travail autour de la guitare.


 
Mais son travail avant-gardiste est par contre plutôt méconnu, et particulièrement cette pièce ”Manuscrito antiguo encontrado en una bottela” composée en 1983, dont aucune biographie, ni liste de compositions, ne rend compte.


Seule figure une version enregistrée par le Trio José White pour le label AREITO-EGREM sur un disque intitulé ”Trio White vol. 2” publié en 1986. Nulle trace sur le web de cette composition, aucun signe de son existence ni aucun autre enregistrement que celui de ce disque, semble-t'il.

Strangely, Leo Brouwer, the main Cuban composer of the twentieth century, is well known for having composed a large number of pieces for guitar, often solo, sometimes concertante with orchestral groups of various sizes’ orchestras. His notoriety is largely indebted to his work around the guitar.
But his avant-garde work is, on the other hand, relatively unknown, and particularly this piece ”Manuscrito antiguo encontrado en una bottela” composed in 1983. A unique version recorded by the José White Trio for the AREITO-EGREM label appears on a LP entitled ”Trio White vol. 2 ” published in 1986. No trace on the web of this composition, no sign of its existence or any recording except this one.


here is the first part: "La palabre amor escrita mil veces", for trio violin, cello & piano

 

on YouTube

more infos  

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19/11/2020

Early Indian female singers

 

Gauhar Jaan (1873-1930) was the first female singer to record music on 78 rpm records in India. She was born as Angelina Yeoward on 26 June 1873 in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. Her Armenian father, William Robert Yeoward, worked as an engineer in a dry ice factory, and married her Indian mother, Victoria Hemmings, in 1872. She gave her maiden performance at the royal courts of Darbhanga Raj in 1887 and was appointed as court musician, after receiving extensive dance and music training from a professional dancer at Vanarasi.



 


 

The famous folk-music searcher  Paul Vernon tells how recording music in India burst into life at the turn of the century HERE. This article was originally published in the magazine FolkRoots.


 

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Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal (1908–1980) was an Indian theatre and film actress and singer from Erode district, Tamil Nadu. She performed in Tamil cinema and was referred to as the "Queen of the Indian stage". A political activist during the Indian independence movement, K.B. Sundarambal was the first film personality to enter a state legislature in India.

 

The french writer Henri Michaux was fascinated by her when he travelled in Asia.

"Je vis ensuite, à Madras, (Kodumudi Balambal) Sundarambal, la grande actrice tamoule, cantatrice merveilleuse, la seule très belle femme dravidienne que je vis et du plus vrai talent. Elle semblait avoir, à la fois, du sang dans le corps, et du pétrole. Quand elle apparut, elle écrasa les autres femmes (qui étaient des hommes). ... Elle essayait d'être humain. Elle y arrivait, sans doute." Henri Michaux  - "Un barbare en Asie"  1933

 

 &

more infos about Kodumudi Balambal Sundarambal's life: here

 

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15/11/2020

Watt

     cover of Notebook 5

The original manuscript of Samuel Beckett’s Watt, was written in ink and colored crayons between 1940 and 1945. The six notebooks features many changes, deletions, mathematical calculations, rhyming indications and drawings.    


   The first page of the third notebook of Watt shows the date “5.5.42


Written in Roussillon, south of France, this second Beckett's novel was published in 1953, with a french translation followed in 1968.


    A page from the typescript


& a lecture of an excerpt by Jack Emery.

11/11/2020

45 records in 45 days

 

 

ANYWAY...

"45 records in 45 days" is a book published by  G.W.Sök containing a series of 45 daily reports about 45 record-sleeves that were important to him. Basically all the records he was involved in during his time and life with the punk-rock band The Ex. Originally the narratives appeared on Facebook, challenged by Mice Elf, a.k.a. Uno Hoo. The positive feedback that came with it, made Sök  decide to turn it into a book.

to order


 

Une nouvelle édition Druxat de G.W. Sök intitulée "45 records in 45 days. Anyway..." est un ouvrage de 100 pages en couleur, pleines de faits relatifs aux 45 albums du groupe punk-rock  The Ex auxquels G.W.Sök a participé. À l'origine un feuilleton quotidien sur Facebook qui est devenu incontrôlable, en anglais, puis à la demande générale, regroupé dans un livre et imprimé sur papier. Livré dans une véritable pochette simple de 18 × 18 cm.
Publié officiellement le 5 octobre 2020 il est disponible via la boutique en ligne et lors des concerts de G.W. Sök lui-même.
 



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 G.W. Sök with the french band "Cannibales et Vahinés" in 2012

&

with The Ex, performing "Jake's Cake" (1991)  HERE 

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05/11/2020

Discomateria

 

 
discomateria #21 - 2016 
 
discomateria #15 - 2016
 
discomateria #6 - 2011
 

discomateria #1 (omaggio a Lucio Fontana)  - 2010
 
 

Andrea Borghi (1974 Pietrasanta, Lucca) is a sound artist and electro-acoustic composer. His work focuses on the relationship between sound and matter. His practice is based on research processes, oriented and multidisciplinary and includes sculptural objects, installations, obsolete media and electronics.

Discomateria is a reccurent part of his work


 "Omaggio" à Yves Klein #2 - 2014

 


More informations on Andrea Borghi' pieces here and there 

 

discomateria #19 - 2016

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& all circles and grooves on "Beyond the coda"  here

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01/11/2020

Night Mail


"Night Mail"  un film documentaire de Harry Watt and Basil Wright, produit par le General Post Office en Angleterre, ou comment nos courriers voyageaient et arrivaient à destination en 1936! Ce film exemplaire, à son époque, de par son utilisation des sons concrets de ces trains et ces travailleurs de nuit. Avec de belles séquences musicales signées Benjamin Britten vers la fin du film.

             "...Parmi d'autres illustrations, on peut retenir celles de "L'école anglaise", relative à la période         inventive du documentaire, avec notamment Night mail (1936), film de Basil Wright et Harry Watt, dont la piste sonore est tripartite: texte, bruits et musique interviennent à égale importance, en étroite imbrication, avec la symphonie des sons ferroviaires, le commentaire-poème de Wystan Auden et la partition de Benjamin Britten..." Benoît Montigné - in Sonore-Visuel

 

"Night Mail" is a documentary directed by Harry Watt and Basil Wright, produced by the General Post Office film unit in England, or how our mail traveled and joined their destination in 1936! This exemplary film, in its time, by its use of concrete sounds of these trains and night workers' activity. The majority of the movie was shot as a silent film with the sound, dialogue, and music added in post-production. The cameraman Jackson recalled there was not "a great deal" of synchronised sound filming while on location, barring some "fragments". With beautiful musical sequences composed by Benjamin Britten at the end of the movie.




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