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

Robert Fripp


12/12/2017

QUIXX

Hans - Joachim Hespos is a german composer, born in 1938, who uses unconventional and extreme techniques to create unusual sounds.

pic:Wolfgang Osterheld, Luxembourg

Hespos' scores very frequently employs graphic notation, verbal instructions, traditional music notation or some combination thereof: it always constitute incitements to action rather than instructions to be executed neutrally. Inspired by Adorno and Artaud, each composition forms itself unfettered during the act of composition. Many of his works involve improvisation and don't need any conductor. 
This radical subjectivity should communicate itself to any audience of Hespos' work, his aim being, to quote Artaud "To reach a point at which things must burst if there would be a new departure/beginning ... to lead the spirit to a frenzy, to a rising of its energies"



"Hans-Joachim Hespos´s music does not quite dely description, but it raises unexpected questions for the perceiver. Incorporating mime, found objects, exotic and esoteric instruments, dress codes, theatre, implements, graphic and text notation, including instructions that are written in his own language themselves. In one sense, the only approach to take is to dive right in, trying to capture the energy required and hone the details along the way. (...)
Many composers set out to "capture forces" in their music, often volatile and energetic and Hespos is no exception: however, his music also embraces the ambiguous and complex border between life and art, sometimes frantic, and always fascinating."
Mic Spencer - 2015 - program note to the celebration of the music oh Hans-Joachim Hespos in the international concert series at University of Leeds, United Kingdom on 4th december 2015


"QUIXX" is a vocal piece composed in 2010
more infos (in german langage) here

08/12/2017

No Tongues


No Tongues est un groupe de 4 instrumentistes français dont le projet est une "adaptation-retranscription" instrumentale d'un célèbre triple CD intitulé "Les voix du monde", publié par Harmonia Mundi en 1996.

 

"Les voix du monde" est une formidable anthologie des expressions vocales à travers le monde, le fruit d'une recherche réalisée dans le cadre de l'UMR 9957 du laboratoire d'ethnomusicologie du CNRS, sous la direction d'Hugo Zemp, Gilles Léothaud, Bernard Lortat-Jacob avec la collaboration du compositeur Jean Schwarz et du musicien et chercheur Trân Quang Hai.

Les différentes pièces du groupe No Tongues  sont de formes variées: parfois avec leur propre version, leur "translation instrumentale", et aussi par superposition des extraits vocaux originaux sur lesquels ils travaillent.
Le résultat est tout à fait probant, et les pièces ainsi composées nous rappellent parfaitement de quel extrait vocal de l'anthologie et de quel endroit du monde sont issues leurs inspirations.

"Les fabuleux duels de grognements des Inuits seront l’occasion de contrechants, plus ou moins imitatifs, plus ou moins divergents, puis de variations tandis que l’enregistrement original disparaîtra du champ sonore. Différents évocations de rites des Iles Salomon ou du Tibet se passeront de leurs modèles sonores, et l’on entendra même une pièce de pure imagination recentrant l’attention de l’auditeur sur la seule abstraction sonore où les quatre musiciens brouillent la dimension mélodique dans le tissu bruitiste et rythmique avec des gestes virtuoses d’un infinie précision, sur des instruments préparés ou non, souvent détournés de leurs usages conventionnels: électronique, jeux de souffle et de clés sur les instruments à vent, avec ou sans bec/embouchure, contrebasse de Ronan Courty ... (où) ...
la caisse est frottée de la paume, cognée du poing, l’archet ne se contente pas de faire hurler les harmoniques ou gronder la saturation des cordes, mais il frotte le cordier et les cordes sont encore soumises au va et vient d’un manche de mailloche glissée entre elles, etc… "
Franck Bergerot - Jazz Magazine - avril 2016

http://www.tohubohu-media.com/no-tongues-souffle-costumes/


NO TONGUES
Alan Regardin – trompette et objets
Ronan Courty – contrebasse et objets
Ronan Prual – contrebasse
Matthieu Prual – saxophones et clarinette basse

Leur CD "Les voies du monde" sort en 2018


05/12/2017

Sismographie des luttes (2)



Quelques couvertures de "revues de luttes" évoquant la musique et le monde du sonore.
Le fruit de recherches de plusieurs chercheurs et l'objet de l'exposition à ne pas manquer:

"Sismographie des luttes"
vers une histoire globale des revues critiques et culturelles.


Du 10 novembre 2017 au 20 janvier 2018 - 14H30 / 19H30
du mardi au samedi

Galerie Colbert, salle Roberto Longhi -
INHA - Institut national d’histoire de l’art
2 rue Vivienne  ou  6 rue des Petits Champs - 75002 Paris

entrée libre

African Arts - 1968`


  African Arts - 1970


 Amauta (Pérou) - 1928


  Amis du Laos - 1987


 Les cahiers de la Réunion  - 1976


Disco (Argentina) - 1945/1947


 Drum (South Africa) - 1955


 La Lira Chilena (Chili) - 1906


  Megafono (Argentina) - 1931


Mexican Folkways - 1930

 
Rohani (revue Kurde) - 1945

 
La voix du Congolais - 1952


 

02/12/2017

Sergey Khismatov

 

Sergey Khismatov, born 21 February 1983 in St. Petersburg, is a composer gradueted at European University in St. Petersburg.
He participated in workshops and open lectures of composers such as Boris Filanovsky, Pascal Dusapin, Sandeep Bhagwati, Enno Poppe, Helmut Lachenmann.
He composes for voices, instrumental ensemble and experimental electroacoustic experiences, as a quatuor for 4 performers and 4 microphones and a piano.

He also rebuild the famous Arseny Avraamov's "Symphony of industrial horns"  in Athens for Documenta 14.

To listen to his music: his Soundcloud: <<<here>>>

Don't miss "Quasar" for organ and accordion



and this version of "Microphones quartet" live at Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2012

28/11/2017

Interim



"Interim" is a Stan Brakhage (1933 - 2003)  film, directed in 1952.

Inspired by Italian Neo-Realism and relatively conventional in structure compared to his later works, this first  Brackhage's film suggests a tentative encounter between a teenage boy and girl who meet under the city viaducts.
The young man meets the young woman under a bridge by a railroad. They shelter from the rain and exchange a kiss. The man grows sullen and leaves. The film starts with him and ends with her. 
The music is composed by James Tenney.  

24/11/2017

Tomeka Reid

http://www.tomekareid.net/

Tomeka Reid  is a Chicago based cellist, composer and educator.
Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Tomeka Reid  predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Her music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts.

” (…) I’m loving to perform purely free these days. That used to be such a source of anxiety for me ... to be so naked and create something from nothing in front of people and sometimes with people I’ve never improvised with! (…) Do I solo? Do I become a member of the rhythm section? What can I do to make something happen? (…) I like being pushed and even though I am sometimes stubborn, I like to be forced out of my comfort zone (…) I also enjoy through-composed settings and pieces with structure that include improvisation. It’s nice to know where you’re going sometimes but it’s also really nice to know that if you end up somewhere else that’s ok too! (…)”  
 Tomeka Reid - 2015



A long interview by Troy Collins to read here

"(...) Chicago-based AACM member Tomeka Reid has honed her improvisational skills for the past decade and a half as a sideperson to such luminaries as Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as contemporaries like Dee Alexander, Nicole Mitchell and Mike Reed. She also co-leads Hear in Now, a string trio with New York-based violinist Mazz Swift and Italian bassist Silvia Bolognesi. Reid is poised to become one of the preeminent improvising cellists of her generation with the eponymous release of Tomeka Reid Quartet, her first album as a bandleader (...)"
Troy Collins 

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in quartet with Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (dms) and Jason Roebke (dble bass),
a tribute to the violin player Billy Bang



& here with the live piece  "Tokens"  at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in 2015
played by six strings' players and a drummer 
Amazing!

20/11/2017

Circles (2)







all these pictures are "astrology digital art" pieces created by David Mrugala
ansd issued from a study of planets and NASA informations.

&

"Sound of Uranus" is made with code (Processing) based on the recording of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft that passed near different planetary and moon bodies within our solar system. Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977 by NASA.