"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp


29/10/2012

One



"One" is a chamber opera for soprano and soundtrack proposed by the dutch composer Michel van der Aa. This piece, premiered in january 2003 with Barbara Hannigan, received the Matthijs Vermeulen Award.
The amazing theatrical performance of the protagonist is supported and complemented by video images. 

Synopsis
Five old women each tell about a fundamental and identical incident in their life. The protagonist of the piece turns out to have played a key role in each of these incidents. Gradually we discover what her relationship to the old women is, and a penetrating portrait arises of a woman who has completely lost herself.



27/10/2012

Bill Orcutt

Last January 2012, at the 3rd Annual San Diego Experimental Guitar show,
a concert by one of my favorite guitar player, Bill Orcutt.

26/10/2012

"Each man ..."



"Each man kills the thing he loves" est le titre de l'exposition personnelle de notre ami Markus Hansen à la  Galerie Eric Mircher à Paris, du 25/10/12 au 22/12/12.
Je recommande aux amateurs de doubles, de disques vinyl, de musique de s'y rendre.




"Each man kills the thing he loves" is the title of Markus Hansen 's exhibition located at Galerie Eric Mircher in Paris.

25/10/2012

Pansori



Kim Sohee is one of the most famous female Pansori singer in Korea.
Pansori is a style of Korean traditional music from the 19th century. 
Featuring satires and love stories, Pansori music could seem close of the shamanic oral tradition. Some pieces could take eight hours to perform without any break.

The famous movie "The pansori singer"  ( "Sopyonje" ) directed by Im Kwon-Taek in 1993 well describe a family of pansori singers learning and performing this difficult art.



KIM Sohee, "Guǔm" (김소희, 구음)

23/10/2012

Listen

In 1978, Max Neuhaus published a postcard "Listen" around his first independant work as an artist. This work, as a "lecture demonstration" , was supposed to refocus people's aural perspective.


 

                                                                                

"...The first performance was for a small group of invited friends. I asked them to meet me on the corner of Avenue D and West 14th Street in Manhattan. I rubberstamped LISTEN on each person's hand and began walking with them down 14th Street towards the East River. At that point the street bisects a power plant and, as I had noticed previously, one hears some spectacularly massive rumbling. We continued, crossing the highway and walking along the sound of its tire wash, down river for a few blocks, re-crossing over a pedestrian bridge, passing through the Puerto Rican street life of the lower east side to my studio, where I performed some percussion pieces for them..."  

       

19/10/2012

Motus !

Invitation faite à quelqu'un de garder le silence.
Invitation done to someone to keep silent. 



17/10/2012

Erik Satie


Blaise Cendrars parle d'Erik Satie.
Blaise Cendrars talks (in french) about Erik Satie

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15/10/2012

Criteria of electronic music


© Copyright 1993 Karlheinz Stockhausen. Used by permission of Stockhausen-Verlag, 51515 Kürten, Germany
 

"Four criteria of electronic music" : excerpt of a lecture of Karlheinz Stockhausen for the Oxford Union in 1972.

                                                                   
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13/10/2012

Transports

 
"Transports", a recent collaboration between Paris based laptop composer Palix and Benjamin L. Aman, visual and sound artist born in France.
Now published by Razzle Dazzle on a limited CD edition, the concert live at 64 in Paris, last january.



 


12/10/2012

KBOA

The pictures were scanned from 4x5 prints shot by John Reeder, one of the original employees at radio station KBOA (Kennett, Missouri) in the late 40's and early '50s.





       John Reeder



      Barbara Henson



      John Mays



       Pike Able



 
      Bob Gilliand


 
       John Mays


      Red Cantrell




      Joann Jones

 
      Peggy Sturgen








10/10/2012

cuT_25 for prepared piano



Sophie Agnel is a french musician who started by classical studies, met the jazz and headed straight for the piano, investing it on every angles : keys, strings & board.
She collaborated with Catherine Jauniaux, Phil Minton, as well Alessandro Bosetti, Ikue Mori, John Butcher and many others.


09/10/2012

Take care of your records


TAKE CARE OF YOUR RECORDS...

ONE: Always handle the record by its edges, or by one edge and the center, touching only the label. Never touch the playing surface (or grooves) of the record.

TWO: Buckle the record jacket when removing or replacing the record by pressing the jacket against you. This will help guard against possible scratches.

THREE: Before playing the record, wipe it lightly, with a soft, slightly damp cloth. This helps remove the dust which collects the record because of static electricity.

FOUR: Store records albums vertically, store single records (78 rpm records, 45 rpm records or Extended Play records) either on edge of flat in stacks.

Your COLUMBIA RECORDS are a permanent library of great words and music. Careful use of your records will ensure longer life for them, and your greater enjoyment of their many  riches. these important safeguards have been established by William S. Bachman, director of Columbia Records Sound Laboratories, as a guide for preserving your records.

07/10/2012

Eventless Plot

From Greece, the trio Eventless Plot are improvisators, using all the possibilities of the piano as well analog sources, field recordings and Max/Msp patches. Their last CD "Recon", where saxophones are invited, is published at Aural Terrains



Thanks to Freesilence where I discovered the existence of that band who seems to play exclusively in Greece.

06/10/2012

Soulnessless


Je ne peux que vivement vous recommander d'aller voir l'exposition "Soulnessless, Cantos I-V"
que Terre Thaemlitz présente au CAC de Brétigny sur Orge jusqu'au 30 novembre.

Au travers de 5 chants d'une grande densité - images, video, texte et son - intriquant différents thèmes - religion, immigration, trans-genre, histoire familiale, production musicale - elle y affirme son radicalisme et son regard critique sur les politiques d'identité - sexualité, classe sociale, ethnicité ... - , ainsi que son indépendance économique avec les systémes et stratégies des médias commerciaux.

A cette occasion, la sortie d'un nouvel album "Soulnessless" sous forme d'une carte microSDHC (16Go) contenant 32 heures de musique, les videos de 5 chants et 150 pages de textes et images, concrétise donc l'idée que Terre Thaemlitz a toujours activé, de défier les standards des supports en vigueur (CD, mp3, DVD .. etc ).


  • Over four years in production.
    4年以上に及ぶ制作期間。
  • Over 32 hours of new audio materials, including bonus remixes by DJ Sprinkles and K-S.H.E.
    32時間以上の新曲。DJスプリンクルズ上作延ハウス・エクスプロージョンによるボーナスリミックス入り。
  • 80 minutes of new video material in English, fully translated into individual video files for Bulgarian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
    80分の新しいビデオ(英語、日本語、ブルガリア語、フランス語、ドイツ語、イタリア語、ポーランド語、ポルトガル語、ロシア語、スペイン語)各言語それぞれのビデオ・ファイルが入っています。
  • Over 150 pages of English text and images, with key sections translated into Bulgarian (65 pages), French (61 pages), German (65 pages), Italian (63 pages), Japanese (117 pages), Polish (65 pages), Portuguese (64 pages), Russian (65 pages) and Spanish (64 pages).
    150ページ以上の英語のテキストと写真。主なセクションは翻訳されています。日本語(117ページ)、ブルガリア語(65ページ)、フランス語(61 ページ)、ドイツ語(65ページ)、イタリア語(63ページ)、ポーランド語(65ページ)、ポルトガル語(64ページ)、ロシア語(65ページ)、およ びスペイン語(64ページ)。
  • Filling an entire 16GB microSDHC card (optional card reader available).
    16GBのmicroSDHCカードを一杯にしてあります。(カードリーダオプションもあります) 


04/10/2012

Hope train


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The future of music



"I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard.
Photoelectric, film, and mechanical mediums for the synthetic production of music will be explored. Whereas, in the past, the point of disagreement has been between dissonance and consonance, it will be, in the immediate future, between noise and so-called musical sounds.
The present methods of writing music, principally those which employ harmony and its reference to particular steps in the field of sound, will be inadequate for the composer, who will be faced with the entire field of sound. New methods will be discovered, bearing a definite relation to Schoenberg's twelve tone system and present methods of writing percussion music and any other methods which are free from the concept of a fundamental tone. The principle of form will be our only conxtant connection with the past. Although the great form of the future will not be as it was in the past, at one time the fugue and at another the sonata, it will be related to these as they are to each other: through the principle of organization or man's common ability to think..."

 John Cage - "The Future of Music: Credo" in "Silence, Lectures and Writings" 
Wesleyan University Press, 1961, p.3-6.

01/10/2012

Originale ****

A movie around Stockhausen's "Originale" piece.

This piece, commisionned by Hubertus Durek, manager of the Theater am Dom in Cologne, was created in 1961 for musicians, painter, poet, singer, cameraman, actors and many others.
A real 60s' "free-styled" piece based on surreal ambient atmosphere, inspired by Samuel Beckett and Alain Robbe-Grillet, which combined a structured score with a improvisational framework of early "happenings".

An unusual assortment of "characters" are introduced in "Originale", including a pianist, a percussionist, a sound technician, a stage director, a cameraman, a lighting technician, an action composer, an action painter, a poet, a street singer, a coat checker, a newspaper vendor, a fashion model, a child (playing with blocks), a animal handler with animal, a conductor, and five actors reading a collage of unrelated texts.

In New York City, for the Second Annual New York Festival of the Avant Garde on september 1964, the piece was directed by Allan Kaprow, with James Tenney, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Jackson Mac Low, Max Neuhaus, Charlotte Moorman, Alvin Lucier, Allen Ginsberg and others...
Finally, a brilliant casting!!! No?...

here the Peter Moore's movie of the New York version