”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


Circles (10)

"Les tristes cires"
A few record' stickers parts of bee's wax pieces  titled 'les tristes cires"
by the french artist Michel Aubry.

"Aimer, Boire et chanter" orchestre symphonique sous la direction de Johann Strauss

"Boulou-Boulou" documentaire recueilli par les explorateurs Bach et Henry-Laverne 
à l'occasion de l’Exposition Coloniale

"Etoile des Neiges" Ida Brun - Manara et leur ensemble hawaïen

"Passion selon St Jean"  JS. Bach -  dir- Stokowsky, 1990

Artist and Galerie Eva Meyer's courtesy.


3 pictures by Mira Wittenberg


thanks to Thierry Azam for documentation



Debussy & color

A master class by Olivier Messiaen in the 60s,
around color and Debussy

and other links about Messiaen here



Often inspired by sonology, and culture of indigenous people from Borneo,  
Nursalim Yadi Anugerah is a Pontianak (Kalimantan - Borneo)  based composer well-known 
for his peculiar approach on instrumentation and composition. 

Reminding sometimes the work of Harry Partch and Phil Glass, 
and adapted from Kayaan people oral literature Takna’ Lawe’,  
HNNUNG is an amazing experimental chamber opera 
that amplifies the cosmic dramaturgy of Kayaan culture, 
in which the music combines western and indonesian orchestral traditions. 

It was performed by Balaan Tumaan Ensemble and Kerubim Choir using various instruments 
ranging from kaldii’ and sape’ to tenor saxophone and contrabass.

picture of Nursalim Yadi Anugerah

Hasana Editions, started in 2010 by artist Duto Hardono, is an artistic platform and publication
based in Bandung, Indonesia, focusing on archiving aural production and sound-based art practices.

Hasana Editions curates and publishes physical archives and documents, including cassette tapes, records, experimental poems, early drawings, scores, early versions and unmastered music, artist books, zines, photographs, videos, digital data, artist statements, written concepts, manuscripts, to name a few.

Nursalim Yadi Anugerah selects nine recording pieces from this opera, 
in the form of sonic-fiction, for a cassette tape published by Hasana Editions. 

Does the opera renewal cross the Indonesian creation??


You can read special lines about Hasana Editions
by Jennifer Lucy Allan in The Wire 426 - August 2019



Waves of sound

 "Edge of a tide" ("Filo de marea") is the first of 3 parts of the sextet for percussion and piano, titled "Water" and composed in 2013 by the argentinian Alejandro Viñao, now located in England.

 "In this movement I wanted to work with rhythmic ‘grooves’ which would create waves of sound that may be listened to as colour and texture. I wanted to give the audience the possibility of listening to this movement in a relaxed ‘easy’ way. Accordingly I imagined that it would be possible to follow this music as if one were listening to advancing and retreating waves of sound that bounce and rebound as they approach or retreat from us like a tide. But I also wanted to give the listener the option to explore the detailed musical lines  that create the colour and texture at the surface of this music, and allow him/her to delve more deeply into the multilayered construction that underpins the musical discourse. The challenge for me was to make both listening modes possible and preferably equally interesting."Alejandro Viñao

Performed by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble
with Michael Burritt, director
& Andrea Venet, Megan Arns, Chris Jones, Drew Worden and Colleen Bernstein.


EPs covers


RR by James Benning

My favorite industrial symphony is this James Benning's movie "RR"

"RR" is a deep meditative trip, despite you don't travel with these trains which cross the screen: the travel is an audio and hypnotic one.

James Benning, born in 1942, is an independent filmmaker from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the course of his 40-year career Benning has made over twenty-five feature-length films. He employed diverse methods, themes, structures, and aesthetics, investigating narrative and anti-narrative modes, personal history, race, collective memory, place, industry, and landscape.

His philosophy of "landscapes as a function of time", so they reveal history, from the specifics of his own autobiography and forays-with-camera to the whole bitter chronicle of American colonial and industrial conquest, class struggle, violence and ecological ravages.
He said : “All my films are an attempt to ask, how liberated am I? Where did I come from? How am I progressing?”

Of course, the original "RR" movie is in a better quality than this capture... but...
listen it loud!

and if you liked "RR", in a similar style, don't miss to look at  2 of the "13 lakes"  
as well the complete movie "10 skies"
and "Far trains", my own audio tribute to James Benning.



Mireille Chamass-Kyrou

Mireille Chamass-Kyrou est née d’une mère française et d’un père palestinien au Caire en 1931.
Elle travaille tôt le piano et complète sa formation à Paris à partir de 1955.

Elle étudie l’harmonie avec Olivier Messiaen avant de rejoindre le GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musicale) créé par Pierre Schaeffer.
Elle travaille alors sur ses propres travaux et sur l’idée de créer l’équivalent de la notation musicale académique pour la musique concrète. Si cette nouvelle musique a l’ambition de devenir la nouvelle musique classique, elle se doit d’être reproductible, et donc de pouvoir être écrite.
Des éléments de ce travail se trouve inclus dans  ”Le traité des objets musicaux” de Pierre Schaeffer.
Elle quitte le GRM en 1961 et épouse Ado Kyrou, réalisateur et écrivain grec, proche du groupe surréaliste dans les années 50, et connu pour son ouvrage Le surréalisme au cinéma
Elle se consacre alors à ses deux enfants Ariel et Axel.


Utilisant comme principales sources sonores un peigne et une plume,  ”Etude 1”, seule de ses pièces officiellement enregistrée, figure sur l'album mythique ”Musique concrète”,  édité par Philips en 64, aux  côtés de compositions de Pierre Schaeffer, Iannis Xenakis et Luc Ferrari.

Merci à ”Nostalgie de la boue” de nous laisser l’occasion d’écouter deux autres de ses pièces, 
comme ”Film Musique”, inédite bande originale d’un film expérimental dont on ne sait rien, 
et ”Koro wild”, une pièce qu’elle souhaite être diffusée à l'occasion de ses funérailles.

for english langage information: here