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

Robert Fripp


30/03/2015

Keman


Keman means violin in Turkish language,
and Serikli Mehmet Amca knows well as to play it.
With Uğur Önür playing the kamancheh,

(both of them could play some Steve Reich's score!)

(little short) amazing moment of intense pleasure, for all of us.




& a Serikli Mehmet Amca's solo part here

26/03/2015

Altagor


Born in 1915, André Vernier, aka Altagor, started to write poetry at 14 years old. As he worked as a miner, he composed long talked' sympnhonies and surrealist poems.
In 1963, he build a new instrument called the "Pantophone" for bowed strings and the percussive "Métaphone" for elastic bands.


As well he is a painter, he also met Isidore Isou and  started to write "meta-poésie" which he declaimed and performed with his "Plectrophone" .
He wrote a 10000 verses' poem titled "Simonia", a goddess invented by him during his walks in french north forests.


Excerpt of "Sonar", a french radio show conducted by Charles Dreyfus and Bernard Gerbaud in the studio of Altagor in 1985 (unreleased):



and some other links:
here
& there
& excerpts from a rare film around the artist

19/03/2015

Eccentric Isles

https://vimeo.com/granitfilms/review/105593696/64abda02f4

A la rencontre de personnalités marquantes des scènes alternatives de Nouvelle-Zélande telles que Chris Knox, Michael Morley, Alastair Galbraith et Bruce Russell, ainsi que de quelques figures excentriques croisées au fil de la route.

Meetings with leading figures of the alternative and free music in New Zealand
such Chris Knox, Michael Morley, Alastair Galbraith, Bruce Russell and others
as well  a few eccentric figures crossed over the road,
the full movie "Eccentric Isles".


Music: Chris Knox, Dead C, Alastair Galbraith, Kim Pieters, Peter Stapelton, Michael Morley, Bruce Russell, Jean Jacques Palix

Discussion, production, voice : Zahia Rahmani
Sound mixing & recordings : Jean Jacques Palix
Discussion, interviewes, translation : Dean Inkster
Filming, recording, interviewes, editing : Nicolas Chesnais

A voir sur Vimeo - 70 minutes (code vimeo : stenka)
"Eccentric Isles" 2004 - (sous titré français)

15/03/2015

Chants magnétiques


Vassilakis Panayotis Takis est un sculpteur grec né à Athènes en 1925.

Takis a toujours été fasciné par les champs magnétiques en tant que forces mystérieuses  permettant la mise en oeuvre de sculptures usant de la lévitation, de la variation aléatoire de ces champs magnétiques et créant ainsi des oeuvres vivantes et (ou) interactives.
Sa première œuvre musicale, Sound of Void, réalisée en collaboration avec le compositeur Earl Brown, avait été présentée en 1964, à l’exposition "for eyes and ears" à New York.  

"Par conséquent Takis, Takis gai laboureur des champs magnétiques et l'indicateur des chemins de fer doux"
 Marcel Duchamp, New York 1961


"Le spectateur fait l’expérience de l’envoûtante présence des énergies invisibles libérées de toute intervention humaine."
Pierre Restany

Une exposition fascinante est consacrée à son travail au Palais de Tokyo à Paris jusqu'au 17 mai 2015: à voir et à entendre!

13/03/2015

Daevid Allen


RIP the eccentric and inspired Daevid Allen born in 1938,
the leader of the legendary progressive-jazz Gong band & family.
He was before all that Gong's story a former member of the Soft Machine (pataphysical period), as the guitar player.

05/03/2015

Hafiz Burhan


Hafiz Burhan (1897-1943) est un des plus grands chanteurs influents des débuts de la République Turque. Jeune homme, il exerce les activités de muezzin, et étudie la musique religieuse, et par la suite ne peut résister à élargir son répertoire avec son extraordinaire voix de ténor. Pour la jeune Radio Istanbul et la compagnie Columbia, il enregistre de nombreuses chansons, berceuses, odes et chansons d'opérette, ainsi que pour de nombreux films.


 Hafiz Burhan (1897-1943) is one of the biggest influential singers of the early days of the Turkish Republic. Young man, he exercises the muezzin activities and studying religious music, and then can not resist to expand its repertoire with its extraordinary tenor voice. For the young Radio Istanbul and the Columbia company, he recorded many songs, lullabies, odes and songs for many films.


and many other pieces to listen to, as well a tango "Aşkın Gözyaşları"

Surrogate cities


"Surrogate cities" is a composition in seven parts of Heiner Goebbels, for two solo voices and large orchestra.
In his orchestra cycle, Heiner Goebbels sketches the portrait of an imaginary metropolis.
It takes its impulses from texts, drawings, and structures of city maps, using sounds from Berlin and New York, Tokyo and St. Petersburg. 


With Heiner Goebbels' comments, excerpts of the piece in three parts, 
the 2005's version at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, opening the Music Biennale,
with the two amazing voices of Jocelyn B.Smith and the unforgetable virtuosic David Moss.