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

Robert Fripp


27/04/2016

From Scratch


Phil Dadson, born in 1946, studied fine arts in Auckland (NZ), majoring in sculpture and time-based arts. He had the chance to work in the UK 1968/69 with Cornelius Cardew's foundation group for a Scratch Orchestra.
Back in New Zealand in 1970, he founded a Scratch Orchestra in 1970 and later in 74 the avant-garde ensemble "From Scratch", which would use everything from old lampshades to customised PVC pipes to perform its intricate, rhythmic compositions.


Embracing an egalitarian ethic, focusing on co-operation and  integration, as a intermedia/sound, video, performance artist and instrument builder for the group, Phil Dadson activates lot of experimental sound projects that you can follow on Dadsonics.

A re-issue of the original LP "From Scratch" is now avalaible on EM Records.

http://emrecords.ocnk.net/product/128

In 1980, Phil Dadson, Geoff Chapple, Wayne Laird, Don McGlashan played "Gung Ho" ( means 'work together" and takes it's title from the gung ho workers' co-operative movement established in China in 1938 by New Zealander political activist Rewi Alley).
The one hour work was in 7 sections, with each module exploring consecutive number, triadic and tonal permutations.This video is an excerpt of the 8,9,10 modules.

21/04/2016

Musique concrète

http://preparedguitar.blogspot.fr/2016/04/sound-art-pierre-schaeffer-i.html

Interview du pionnier français de la musique concrète Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995) par le compositeur anglais, co-fondateur du groupe Henry Cow, Tim Hodgkinson en 1986
à lire sur le blog "Prepared Guitar"
et la suite : part 2

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Schaeffer

An interview (part 1) of concrete music pioner Pierre Schaeffer by the english composer Tim Hodgkinson in 1986 to read at "Prepared Guitar"
And part 2 ****

20/04/2016

Max

 

Le compositeur et cinéaste  Phill Niblock a réalisé en 1967 un portrait intitulé "Max" en utilisant une technique de collages et de superpositions de plans noir et blanc, images de l'artiste sonore Max Neuhaus qui signe une bande son bruitiste décapante. David Geary en a réalisé le montage.
Les sons remixés par Max Neuhaus proviennent de 4 versions simultanées de "Zyklus" de Karlheinz Stockhausen et d'une pièce aux percussions intitulée "Max-Feed"

In 1967, composer and film-maker Phill Niblock directed  a portrait titled "Max" by using a technique of collage of black and white shots overlays, images of Max Neuhaus sound artist who signed the scathing noisy soundtrack: a remix of four different versions of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s "Zyklus"  and a percussion piece titled "Max-Feed".
David Geary made the editing.


& "Working title", a book about Phill Niblock' works

14/04/2016

Fécondation sonore


Dans l'ouvrage "L'expérience continue" de Paul Nougé (1985-1967), poète belge, photographe et théoricien du surréalisme, quelques expériences de fécondation poétique et sonore.



 

"Il y a une légende Nougé. Elle tient à ce nom qu'on connaît, Paul Nougé, que l'on cite dans tous les milieux littéraires, dont on dit : Ah oui, Paul Nougé, ce fabuleux poète, ce grand théoricien du surréalisme. Je ne l'ai jamais lu. Mais personne, ou presque personne, n'a lu Paul Nougé. C'est là que la légende rejoint le mystère. Paul Nougé, considéré par André Breton comme l'égal des grands, ami personnel de Francis Ponge, René Magritte, etc.. qui l'estimaient au premier rang, na jamais songé à se faire publier. Parfois, l'amité lui arrachait, avec grand effort, un texte édité dans quelque revue confidentielle.
Mais ce merveilleux ouvrier du vers, ce poète admirablement doué poussait le surréalisme jusqu'à sa plus ultime visée : la ruine de la littérature et l'anéantissement de son oeuvre personnelle."
 

Robert Georgin  <>




 
  thanks to FF et ses archives

08/04/2016

Chant des morts


The amazing german Arte Quartett uses to play contemporary composers as well to compose new pieces and play jazz, improvised music.
Founded in 1995 by the saxophonists Beat Hofstetter, Sascha Armbruster, Andrea Formenti and Beat Kappeler, they have commissioned many works, often working collaboratively with a composer in developing a composition. The quartet has also arranged and composed original music which they often present at concerts with a thematic focus.
A brilliant band!

http://www.discogs.com/artist/852028-ARTE-Quartet
  
You can listen the resplended "Tread on the Trail" (version for 12 saxophones), a 1964/65 composition by Terry Riley from the album "Assassin Reverie" HERE
 

& also the "Chant des morts", using electronics and special water effects.

01/04/2016

Jello Biafra's wedding


Early 80s, one of the most remarkable figure of the San Francisco's punk scene was the band Dead Kennedys and his leader, the singer and songwriter Jello Biafra.

On October 31 in 1981, Halloween day, Jello Biafra married Theresa Soder, aka Minotchka, lead singer of the punk band The Situations. The "ceremony" happened on a graveyard in the Colma's cemetery and was conducted by Bruce Loose, vocalist and bass player in the band Flipper. The wedding reception, which members of Flipper, Black Flag, and D.O.A.  attended, was held at director Joe Rees' Target Video studios.


Au début des années 80, l'une des figures les plus remarquables de la scène punk de San Francisco était les Dead Kennedys et leur leader, le chanteur et compositeur Jello Biafra.
Le 31 Octobre 1981, jour d'Halloween, Jello Biafra épousait Theresa Soder, alias Ninotchka, chanteuse du groupe punk Les Situations. La cérémonie avait lieu dans le cimetière de Colman. Bruce Loose, chanteur et bassiste du groupe Flipper, en était le maître de cérémonie. La journée s’était terminée dans les locaux de Target Video, avec un concert mémorable réunissant Flipper, Black Flag, D.O.A. et bien sûr, les Dead Kennedys eux-mêmes.



Two radio producers reporting in San Francisco for the french "France Culture", Gérard Drecq and Jean Jacques Palix were there for that special day which ended in a great hardcore punk concert at Target Video' studios.

An extract of that report (in french language) which was showed in January 82 in the "Les Nuits Magnétiques" program.
with the voices of Gérard Drecq, Jello & Theresa, Claude Santiago, Palix, witnesses 
and Eric Sarner & Anne Marie Rollandeau for translations.
& 3 songs: "Police truck" , "Chemical warfare" & "California Uber Alles" (in "Dead Kennedys" LP IRS - 1981)

Extrait d'une série d'émission pour les "Nuits Magnétiques" de France Culture, produite par Jean Jacques Palix et Gérard Drecq qui étaient présents pour cet événement

DOCUMENT INEDIT (archives JJ Palix)


& also about punk' posters early 80s  <<<>>>

Target Video


Joe Rees was the founder of the famous Target Video which produced movies around the new musical scenes in San Francisco in the last 70s and early 80s.
He mainly documented some of the performances by some of the greatest bands of the punk era.

Joe Rees était le fondateur et principal activiste de Target Video qui a filmé les nouvelles scènes musicales de San Francisco - punk, new wave... -  autour de 1980.

 a Joe Rees's interview here: <<<>>>

 
 Shooting Black Flag concert 
 
An extract of the audio report (in french language) which was showed in January 82 in the "Les Nuits Magnétiques" program (Gérard Drecq & Jean Jacques Palix production for France Culture).
with the voices of Gérard Drecq, Claude Santiago, Joe Rees and anonymous
and Anne Marie Rollandeau & Andrew Orr for translations.

Extrait d'une série d'émission pour les "Nuits Magnétiques" de France Culture, produite par Jean Jacques Palix et Gérard Drecq.

DOCUMENT INEDIT (archives JJ Palix)