”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


My 2011's best

Best albums
Fred Frith, Stevie Wishart & Carla Kihlstedt  :  "The Compass, Log And Lead"
The Tiger Lillies  :  "Woyzeck & the Tiger Lillies"
Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides  :  "Rebetika"
Karima Nayt  :  "Quoi d'autre"
Tchan Tchou Vidal  :  "la gitane"
Michel Henritzi  :  "Shinjuku blues & whispering shadows"
Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler  :  "Wameedd"
Johann Johannsson  :  "The miners hymns"
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer  :  "Re:ECM"
Armenak Shah-Mouradian  :  "Songs by Komitas Vartabet"
Tango Crash  :  "Otra sanata"
Anthology  :  "Something Is Wrong - Vintage Recordings From East Africa"

all the works of:
Paul Metzger, Alessandro Bossetti, Jin Hi Kim, Alzheimer, Ethiopian gangsters, Bill Orcutt, Xavier Charles, Asakawa Maki, Fanta Damba (Mali) , L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti, Luigi Nono, Max Richter, Fovea Hex, Alejandro Viñao

and definitively these three songs
"I've Been Loving You Too Long" by Tindersticks
"I'll go crazy" by Terry Edwards
"Besame mucho" by Beñat Achiary

    picture : Susan Philipsz, Sunset Song, 2003


I want to be evil

"I punish myself more than anybody else does if I am stupid about my actions, and I suffer, really suffer.
Eartha Kitt




"... On dit que la musique est à Mogador un prolongement de la peau de ses habitants d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, de leurs résonances dans le monde, de leurs harmonies et de leurs contrepoints, de leurs éclats percutants et de leurs fugues, de leur regret au soleil quand il se couche et de leur joie au lever de la lune. Dans ce port, la peau a un très vieux nom, qui est synonyme de tambour. On raconte qu'il y a des siècles, avant d'ensevelir un mort, on faisait un tambour avec sa peau. Ce qui explique que les plus anciennes maisons soient pleines de ces instruments de musique, vénérés pendus aux murs. On les respecte, on les aime et on les décroche pour les caresser, façon d'évoquer les défunts de la famille; on les porte souvent aux endroits de la ville où les vents alizés soufflent au large avec le plus de force, et, là, on les agite jusqu'à ce qu'ils produisent de très faibles sons graves et cadencés. D'où le nom que l'on donne aux premiers souffles vespéraux des alizés, quand ils ont fait vibrer les peaux de tambours des morts: vents de requiem..."

Alberto Ruy-Sànchez
in "9 fois 9 choses que l'on dit de Mogador" - ed. Les Allusifs - 2006


Harmo sleigh

Palix's piece composed for the concert "Twisted Christmas"
@ Barbican - London  - dec. 2008


Aisha Al Mourta

Aisha Al Mourta is the queen of Samri in Kuwait

عايشة المرطة يا ناس دلوني

Wizard of the strings

Roy Smeck (1900 - 1994) was an american multi-instrumentist
who played banjo, guitar, steel guitar and especially ukulele...


Combustion Chamber

Combustion Chamber / EWA7
a piece by Annie Gosfield with Roger Kleier and the matchless drummer Chris Cutler
lives at Bates Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
November 2011


Lmaalem Hmida Boussou

Lmaalem Hmida Boussou, Maître es musique Gnawa

Air 2

New Issue!! The CD "Air2" was recorded during a public event conducted by Olivier Agid  
in Thiers - 17 & 18 september 2010
Music by Agid & Palix, with Emmanuel Lalande, Nicolas Lounis, Eric Maurin, 
Eve Couturier & Fred Wallish.

Raksama Song

to order


I went to the house...

"I went to the house but did not enter" , a piece by Heiner Goebbels
with Hilliard Ensemble - 2008
Texts by T.S.Eliot, Maurice Blanchot, Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett


I, an actress

1977 - a short movie by George Kuchar, one of the most prolific underground film-maker alongside Kenneth Anger, Stan Brackhage & Andy Warhol. Georges Kuchar died at 69 last september.

a retrospective is showed now at MoMA PS1

Art's sake

"be blind for art's sake 
and deaf for art's sake 
and dumb for art's sake 
until for art's sake 
they kill for art's sake 
all the art for the art's sake."


"soyez aveugles pour l'art
soyez sourds pour l'art,
soyez muets pour l'art
jusqu'à ce que, pour l'art,
on tue - pour l'art -
tout l'art, pour l'art."

from the libretto of "The Craddle Will Rock", a musical written by the Brechtian's Marc Blitzstein in 1937.
The premiere, directed by Orson Welles, was targeted by the W.P.A. because of its left political aspect.
The "New York Times" said the show was "written with extraordianry versatility and played with enormous gusto, the best militant labor has put into the theatre yet".
One of the fist "agitprop" in USA?


I'll Go Crazy

Terry Edwards sings "i'll go crazy"

Agrégats sensibles

 " Le véritable objet de la science, c'est de créer des fonctions, le véritable objet de l'art, c'est de créer des agrégats sensibles, et l'objet de la philosophie, créer des concepts. "
Gilles Deleuze




A new Teppaz

Aphorismes, proverbes et expressions # 81 - Joël Hubaut ? Master- Remix(e)!
by Francine Flandrin F2
objet  mobile: livre, papier imprimé, carton, moteur - 20

 in "Les vanités contemporaines", a blog by Francine Flandrin


Silence 1

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
Aldous Huxley


Down the road

Smoke Benders duo version Samm Bennett (vocal, diddley bow, etc.) and Naoya Numa (drums), plus special guest Steve Gardner on the harmonica. Recorded live at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, on September 14, 2011.


Piano solo

a piano solo' concert in Berlin with Marilyn Crispell
including an "ode to Messiaen"
not so far away from Cecil Taylor!
via Destination Out


ORDON: n,m. Techn. Dans les jeux d'orgue, petites lames que l'on soude à la bouche des tuyaux qui servent à les accorder.
in "Dictionnaire des mots rares et précieux" 



Experimental : the really experimental direction of situationist activity consists in setting up, on the basis of more or less clearly recognized desires, a temporary field of activity favorable in these desires.  
in "S,M,L,XL" O.MA. Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau - 1995



MUTIR: v.tr. S'est dit pour grommeler, faire entendre des grognements inarticulés, comme le font certains muets.
in "Dictionnaire des mots rares et précieux"


Behind nothing

"Behind nothing" : a new work on CD by Michel Guillet

a chronical of "whitout shade" , his 2008's cd
Don't let that title put you off – there've been plenty of nearly nothings in musique concrète over the years and they've all been really something. This sequel to his Without Shade, adapted from a piece Michel Guillet presented at the Présences Electroniques fest back in 2008, is an impressive collection of eight dense and carefully worked pieces. Michel Guillet, working quietly and patiently away just up the road from here, combines the intricacy and subtlety of classic GRM concrète with the gristle of Xenakis and a Noisy fondness for rough static and raw hiss. But whether it's sourced from analogue or digital sound (both, I suspect), it's the composer that wins out: there's some serious ProTooling (or Sound Forging) going on here, with every sound precisely placed spatially and temporally to assure maximum effect. Fine, uncompromising work – check it out.–DW
via Paris Transatlantic Magazine

buy @ souffle continu


Harlem Mambo

This silent YouTube allows to look at the dance in another way



An electromechanical instrument called the Teleharmonium,  was developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897.

A keyboard with 36 notes per octave, and the experience of listening described as "highly irritating". Unfortunately, no recordings have survived

In 1907, Ferruccio Busoni was interested in the Teleharmonium, as well he thought that the "acoustic" instruments were too limited, and in his "Esquisse d'une nouvelle esthétique musicale", he believed in the future "electroacoustic" aera to explore and create new sounds.



Live video / music performance.
The Lumiaks - Angie Eng and Sofi Hemon with music by Palix
excerpt from "stars" - may 2011 - Les Voûtes, Paris


New ideas

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." 
John Cage



the september's issue of the french magazine "Revue et Corrigée" includes a long report , as well interviewes, around "Treatise", the famous score of Cornelius Cardew...


WTC 9/11

La dernière oeuvre de Steve Reich, interprétée par le Kronos Quartet, en écoute sur Minnesota Public Radio, via le blog de Jean Jacques Birgé

WTC 9/11


Disques Vogue

An exhibition around the french record's label Vogue, at Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris.



"Nous sommes tous des transistors, au sens littéral du terme. Les ondes arrivent, les antennes les captent..."
Karlheinz Stockhausen


Folk creature

For me, innovation does not consist in composing European and academic music with inserted “folk” references.  It consists in appropriating academic or technical devices and subordinating them to my purposes as a “folk creature.”  An outstanding prototype of this approach was Bo Diddley’s use of the electric devices of pop music to project the Afro-American sound.
Henry Flynt - 1980



Road soundtrack


ROAD SOUNDTRACK - A audio trip across the United States.
"Over the next two months I will be crossing the United States from East to West and South to North to compose "Road Soundtrack",  a road movie without the movie.
Material for my composition will be collected from concerts, field recordings, and spontaneous collaborations with several American musicians."

Fred Bigot aka Electronicat


Glass harmonica

dans Libération du 20/08

la réponse est B, mais il s'agit du "glass harmonica" … instrument de musique qui n'a absolument rien à voir avec l'harmonica!
Michel Becquembois ne penserait-il qu'à son bec?



Le scrupule, c'est cette petite pièce d'or que les tribuns de la Gréce antique se mettaient dans la bouche pour apprendre à mieux articuler. Démosthéne, qui s'efforçait de corriger ses défauts d'élocution, criait devant la mer, des petits galets plein la bouche, tentant de couvrir le son des vagues.

tableau de Jean Lecomte du Nouÿ



Outside looking out

excerpt of "Werckmeister Harmonies", a movie by Béla Tarr

You can’t be idealistic in this world and not be crazy. Because they’ve created such a deep structure now, you can’t get in. And we don’t want to get in, we’re on the outside. But we’re not on the outside looking in, we’re on the outside looking out. So I feel we’re in a very healthy place. The idealists will always be in society, and we will survive.

John Zorn interview with Michael Goldeberg - Bombsite (summer 2002)


The Amen break

an audio installation that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break.



Ice records

Ship horn symphony

in London, 2007, a work by Alvin Curran

"Let us cross a great modern capital with our ears more alert than our eyes, and we will get enjoyment from distinguishing the eddying of water, air and gas in metal pipes, the grumbling of noises that breathe and pulse with indisputable animality, the palpitation of valves, the coming and going of pistons, the howl of mechanical saws, the jolting of a tram on its rails, the cracking of whips, the flapping of curtains and flags. We enjoy creating mental orchestrations of the crashing down of metal shop blinds, slamming doors, the hubbub and shuffling of crowds, the variety of din, from stations, railways, iron foundries, spinning wheels, printing works, electric power stations and underground railways."
Luigi Russolo - The Art of noises (1913)


Sewing machine

Blues de Ravel

Unfortunately, one of the best and most amazing version of this "Blues" with Monique Haas and Max Rostal  just disappeared of the net!

that one, a bit weak, is with Dong-Suk Kang & Pascal Devoyon.

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
Arthur O'Shaughnessy - Ode from his book Music and Moonlight (1874)