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

Robert Fripp


30/06/2012

Street turntable

One of the pieces shown at "Instants Chavirés" by Yann Leguay
for the exhibition Zero dB in march 2011.


plaque tournante ( steel + motor + battery )

27/06/2012

L'art de la fugue

Hermann Scherchen  conducting the BWV 1080 from Jean Sébastien Bach' s "Art de le fugue ".
A brilliant lesson of what would be the fugue.

<<<here>>>


This extract is included in the DVD box "Les grandes répétitions", a serie of rehearsals filmed by
Gérard Patris and produced in the 60s by "Le service de la recherche" of the french national radio, founded by Pierre Schaeffer.
These 5 remarkable movies are focused on Cecil Taylor, Edgar Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen,
Olivier Messiaen and Hermann Scherchen.

25/06/2012

Musical chairs

Chairs are   programmed  to play music when visitors sat on them:
an installation by designer Bobby Petersen at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

23/06/2012

9v Sound System

The 9 Volt Sound System is a large horn speaker system with an explosively impressive sound quality.


a Owl Project instruments' project

21/06/2012

Cannibales et vahinés


Un corps en mouvement, celui de Aina Alegre, électrisé par le groupe toulousain Cannibales & Vahinés.
Filmé par Leïla Morouche qui, en 2010, avait aussi réalisé "Yézéméèd Yébaèd
autour de la chanteuse éthiopienne Eténèsh Wassié.




and some more!
with
G.W. Sok - voix (excellent ex chanteur de The Ex)
Marc Démereau - sax (membre du Tigre des Platanes)
Fabien Duscombs - batterie (membre du Tigre des Platanes)
Nicolas Lafourest - guitare



Their CD called "No where, Now here" is  <<<here>>>

19/06/2012

Mary had a little lamb

The glass plate where is recorded "Mary had a little lamb" by Alexander Graham Bell in 1885.



Motus

                                 are you deaf?


                               or just mute?

16/06/2012

Cold pin

"Cold pin" is an installation which activate piano resonating wires.
Created by Eli Keszler, this piece was nominated as one of the compositions for the Gaudeamus Prize 2012.
The installation can be seen and heard during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2012. 2-9 September in Utrecht - Netherlands.

13/06/2012

What is music...

What is music to you?
What would you be without music?

Music is everything.
Nature is music (cicadas in the tropical night).

The sea is music,
The wind is music,
Primitive elements are music, agreeable or discordant.

The rain drumming on the roof,
And the storm raging in the sky are music.

Every country in the world has its own music,
And the music becomes an ambassador.
The tango in Argentina and calypso in Antilles.

Music is the oldest entry.

A baby is born, and music puts him on sleep.
He can't read, he can't understand a picture,
But he will listen to music.

Music is marriage.

Music is death.

The scope of music is immense and infinite.
It is the "esperanto" of the world.

Music arouses courage and leads you to war.
The Romans used to have drums rolling before they attacked.
We have the bugle to sound reveille and pay homage to the brave warrior.
The Marseillaise has led many generations to victories or revolutions;
It is chant of wild excitement, and delirium, and pride.

Music is eternal.
Music is divine.

You pray to your god with music.

Music can dictate moods,
It can unnerve or subdue,
Subjugate, exhaust, astound the heart.

Music is a cedar,
An evergreen tree of fragrant, durable wood.

Music is like honor and pride,
Free from defect, damage, or decay.

Without music I may feel blind, atrophied, incomplete, inexistent.


Duke Ellington  - "Music is my mistress"  - (1973)



Leon Theremin

Leon Theremin playing his own instrument

10/06/2012

Ed & Lonnie Young' drums

archival footage recorded by Alan Lomax in the Mississippi in 1959




tribute to Alain M.

08/06/2012

Kohala Girls

The Kohala Girls was a female band, formed in 1932  in Chicago, playing steel guitars in the 40s...
The band was created by Letritia Kandle who learned hawaiian guitar when it was fashionable in the 30s.
In 1937 the first guitar amplifier, the "Grand Letar",  was used by Letritia, as a real pioneer of electrified instrument.
More infos at  Letritia Kandle
Unfortunately, very rare recordings... still looking for...


 

07/06/2012

Kippi Kaninus

"Why should the young have faith" , a music by the icelandic artist Kippi Kaninus, collaborator of Amiina.
from the CD "Happens secretly" - 2009

05/06/2012

Synapse

The famous and historical magazine "Synapse" around electronic music is now online:
                                    >>>synapse<<<
with reviewes about Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Devo, Kraftwerk, and many others, 
as well the activity of electronic equipment at that time  ...  1976 / 1979

 


Mr Gentle Mr Cool

A great amazing violin part by the famous Ray Nance with the Duke Ellington's orchestra.
Admired by the fans of Duke as the trumpet soloist of "Take the "A" train",
Ray Nance was also the official and only one violonist of the orchestra,
as well vocalist and dancer.
A kind of "joker" similar as the "loco" of Perez Prado when it was necessary.
He also used to be sideman of Babs Gonzales's orchestra.



dedicated to our friend Alain M.

02/06/2012

Voice Array

"Voice Array", a cacophonic and interactive installation created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, using recorded samples as well lights.
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney in 2011.

 

01/06/2012