”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

30/08/2019

A short gem





https://www.discogs.com/fr/Various-Chants-De-Madagascar/release/5417066

en mono, extrait d' un disque LP UNESCO 
enregistré par l'ethnomusicologue Michel Razakandraina

collection Eric M. de la Vivanderie 

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27/08/2019

MMMD



The brilliant greek duo MMMD (previously part of the trio Mohammad) including cellist Nikos Veliotis
and ILIOS on oscillators, released 2 new opus as CDs/LPs.

The new one titled "Egoismo" will be officialy release as LP  (500 copies)
on Antifrost label on the 13th of september.

https://hatredmeanswarzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/mmm-interview.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR0jUqZVVkEg5KnIf9We55gSnszUyGg1Fx-v51o-y-JyhfkgoDlFCIxi1tI

The other one is a live recording of a concert at St.Paul's Anglican Church in Athens in 2016

https://mohammadsound.bandcamp.com/album/07042016-live-at-st-pauls-anglican-church-athens


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 "Hagazussa" is a Lukas Feigelfeld movie's soundtrack.
A haunted pleasure of long dark medieval drones... mainly with strings

 

”Mohammad belong to these rare few cases of experimentalists that make full use of Xenakis’ holistic perception and Christou’s experimental disposition to develop their music based on the gret heritage of these masters…”  Plakias (in Wire magazine) 2010



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Piano phase


Amazing performance of an extract of the famous piece of Steve Reich "Piano phase" (1967), which is usually played by two pianists...
Here played by the russian pianist Peter Aidu in october 2006.




The complete piece can be heard  here

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22/08/2019

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.

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3 pictures by Mira Wittenberg




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thanks to Thierry Azam for documentation

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13/08/2019

HNNUNG


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.

http://hasanaeditions.org/info/
   
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??

DON'T MISS TO LISTEN TO THE AMAZING OPERA HNNUNG  HERE

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


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12/08/2019

Debussy & color

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



and other links about Messiaen here
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07/08/2019

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



01/08/2019

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.


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