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

Robert Fripp


31/12/2012

Sparkling music & visions in 2012

                                           Bauhaus stage

My best in 2012.  Don't miss these jewels!

a fingers' dance on a table 

shamanic sounds

the witnesses

an unforgetable ritornello 

four pianos

greek improvisators

incantation

epizootics

cannibales et vahinés

girls and guitars but no real vahinés!
 
a trip around an island

une machine molle

un policier siffleur

a pure 70's happening

a dastgāh

a theremin

a Shinjuku blues 

dreams 





                                      Happy new year! 

& music with Stockhausen, Alessandro Bosetti, Bill Laswell ("means of deliverance"), Chico Mello, Andy Moore & Yannis Kyriakides, 
Tarek Atoui, 3OO Basses, Carlton Rara, Sima Bina, Le Super Rail Band de Bamako, Debashish Bhattacharya, Scott Walker, Charalambides, 
The Tiger Lillies, Robert Ashley, Alejandro Viñao, Stefan Klaverdal, Klaus Obermaier, Fausto Romitelli, Luciano Berio, Luigi  Nono,Valgeir Sigurosson ... & ...


                     John Cage performance in Japan - 1962

30/12/2012

Puissance de l'électronique


 extrait de l'ouvrage  "Les grandes découvertes" sous la direction de Louis Leprince-Ringuet - Larousse  - 1956





25/12/2012

Enfantillages pittoresques


Erik Satie, en son ultime avatar, avait conservé une étonnante jeunesse d'esprit. Il était resté "jeune comme un collégien".
"Quelle chance d'être vieux, disait-il ! Quand j'étais jeune, on me harcelait : "Vous verrez un jour ! Attendez ! Vous verrez !" Et bien, j'y suis, je n'ai rien vu. Rien."

cf. John Cage qui reprend cette idée, en l'altérant légèrement, dans sa fameuse conférence "Lecture on nothing" (1950):
"... Satie said: When I was young, people told me : you'll see when you're fifthy years old. Now i'm fifthy, I've seen nothing..."


"Petit prélude à la journée" (1913), première partie d'un cycle de trois pièces intitulé "Enfantillages pittoresques"
composé par Erik Satie...

(à regarder plein écran) 
(to look at "full screen")) 


24/12/2012

A windy Xmas

            Yoshimitsu Nagasaka 's picture / Weston Gallery


Palix's piece composed for the concert "Twisted Christmas"
@ Barbican - London  - dec. 2008
adapted from "Carol of the bells"



23/12/2012

A famous quintet



A famous quintet with Louis Savant (horn), Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Arnold Schönberg (cello), Eduard Gärtner (violin) & Karl Redlich (flute). circa 1890

Verklärte Nacht

On this specific spot,the Schönberg' s night is really transfigured!


Arnold Schönberg conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 in March 1935 (silent movie)

20/12/2012

Atonal silence



Silent movie taken by Serge Hovey, shows Arnold Schönberg at a beach party in Malibu with friends such as Ira Gershwin, Thomas Mann, Bertrand Russell, and the american pianist Richard Buhlig , and also his two children Ronald and Nuria (who was Luigi Nono's wife).

additional clip: Aldous Huxley. (circa late 40s)



  
Arnold Schönberg speaks <<<here>>>

19/12/2012

Silence toujours



" L'homme  est un  organisme vivant qui tape, fait de la mauvaise musique et laisse aboyer son chien. Quelquefois  il ne  fait pas de bruit, mais c'est qu'il est mort " 
Kurt Tucholsky

Kurt Tucholsky qui vécut en France dans les années 20 quittera sa résidence du Vésinet en 1926 pour Fontainebleau, à cause du vacarme insupportable des chiens du voisinage!...
<<<...>>>

"Chat et chien - ils vivent en paix côte à côte.
Lorsque j'ai vu cela pour la première fois, j'ai cru à un miracle de dressage, tellement j'étais enclin, venant d'Allemagne, à considérer comme originel l'état où l'on passe son temps à montrer les dents, à hurler, à menacer et à aboyer. Mais après avoir observé d'innombrables fois que chats et chiens vivent ici en bonne harmonie, j'eus l'impression que ce ne devait sûrement pas être le cas." 

17/12/2012

Trash TV Trance




Fausto Romitelli (1963 / 2004) was an italian young composer who studied with Franco Donatoni, moved to Paris to meet Hugues Dufourt & Gérard Grisey, and worked at IRCAM. He unfortunately had a brief career but wrote some amazing pieces that I highly recommand: notably "An index of metals" (2003) & "Professor bad trip - lesson I" (1998)

Here, "Trash TV Trance" (2002),a piece written for electric guitar played by Lucia d'Errico.

15/12/2012

Celestial excursions


Yesterday night, Robert Ashley did a solo performance for the "Art Press" 40th anniversary, at the Bibliothèque François Mitterand in Paris. Called "Answers and other songs", this lecture was amazing: his recitative voice, thoughtful of the stream and tempo of everyday speech, was alternately ondulating, pitching, singing, drawling with an obvious lucidity and a real sense of humour.
One of the piece he performed was "Love is a good example".

......

"Celestial excursions" is an opera composed by Robert Ashley in 2003.
The opera delves into the wild intermingling of loss, regret, nightmares, old sayings and old songs on the radio. Composed for solo voices and pre-recorded orchestra, the opera's originality lies in a vocal ensemble technique, unique to Ashley, which puts the vocal soloist in the midst of a swirling chorus.
Here are some excerpts of this piece.




"The essence of my music is that the syllables go by as fast as they do in the American English language and the pitch stresses, which make one syllable more important than the other syllable, are all within a range of half an octave. It's like you squeeze it in one direction and expand it in another direction. I've always been interested in tempo because it's a big, big factor in vocal music. The other factors, like melody, have been used up for the time being."  - Robert Ashley (from "The Wire" - august 2003)

Robert Ashley's major works are available on Lovely Music and Alga Marghen
& despite of his great pieces and recordings, i recommend particulary the CD  "Tap Dancing in the Sand"  featuring the MAE Ensemble on the label  Unsounds -  2007



10/12/2012

Cubism in Tavira



Looking forward to the "7 SCORIES" new CD of Paul Collins and Palix (previewed for early 2013) ,
you can hush up your impatience listening for  this pataphysical "Cubism in Tavira",
excerpt of the famous "Wipe out" release (2005).

                                    >>>here<<< 

                                        aerial Tavira's view

07/12/2012

Piano phase


Amazing performance of an extract of the famous piece of Steve Reich "Piano phase" (1967), which is usually played by two pianists...
Here played by the russian pianist Peter Aidu in october 2006.




The complete piece can be heard  here

05/12/2012

Barn Dance



"Barn dance" is a Moondog's piece played by our friend  Dominique Ponty (piano) & Stefan Lakatos (trimba)
at the BBMix festival last 2012 november.

     the Trimba, a percussion's instrument designed by Moondog


Thanks to Armaury Cornut for the recording and his website dedicated to Louis Thomas Hardin, aka Moondog.

04/12/2012

Kárhozat



   One of the most amazing ritornello I ever listened to, in the Titanik Bar.
   From the beautiful movie "Damnation" (Kárhozat) by Béla Tarr.
   Sung by the actress Vali Kerekes on the nostalgic and minimalistic Mihàly Vig's music.


  

 a review (in french) about the movie  <<<here>>>