vendredi 30 octobre 2009

Boxstr Down !!!!

Boxstr is (or was) the server used to host the audio files from this site. Unfortunately it has been eaten up by a bigger dog named 'OpenDrive' and through the magic of common sense and technology ; all files have been lost !!
Harrgggg , I will be slowly re-posting all files

dimanche 18 octobre 2009

Ursula Bogner - Recordings 1969-1988 - Faitiche - LP

Were it not for a chance meeting between two men on a airplane, more likely than not Ursula Bogner's entire musical oeuvre would have remained forever unheard. One of these men was Jan Jelinek while the other was Sebastian Bogner (Ursula's son), who through the course of some small talk and general chit chat revealed that his mother had spent 20 years dabbling in experimental electronic music unbeknownst to the rest of civilization. Her musical pursuits seem to have been relegated to being a mere hobby, something she would get up to in her spare time at home, tucked away in a makeshift studio. Bogner was a pharmacist by profession and a wife and mother at home, but it seems that there was something of a double life going on, and these fifteen tracks of fascinating experimentation reveal a talent that far exceeds her 'keen amateur' status. You mightn't necessarily think of all these pieces as musical compositions in the strictest sense, but rather sound designs and feats of engineering in the same sort of vein as Raymond Scott, although besides the wild and adventurous sonorities to be found in 'Metazoon' and the like, there are more conventionally structured pieces along the way, such as the comical electroacoustic jaunt 'Begleitung For Tuba' and 'Fur Ulrich' a piece composed for Ursula's husband's birthday. Although not always as overtly musical as her Radiophonic counterparts, it wouldn't be unreasonable to think of Bogner as a hausfrau version of Daphne Oram, or a Deutsch Delia Derbyshire, and her enormous talent deserves to be recognised by the widest possible audience. Sadly, Ursula passed away in 1994 and so never got to witness an electronic musician of Jan Jelinek's prestige celebrating her work. Better late than never though . (Boomkat)
Pretty brilliant !! but is this another Jan Jenilek's side project or a real person ? I leave this up to you .

jeudi 15 octobre 2009

Bernard Parmegiani - Dedans Dehors - INA-GRM - LP

More Parmegiani bliss !
Pour en finir avec le pouvoir d'Orphée composed in 1972.
Dedans dehors composed in 1977. Enough said !!!!


Francois Bayle - Jeita - Prospective 21 eme Siecle

François Bayle (born April 1932 , Toamasina,Madagascar)

In the 1950s he studied with Oliveier Messaien, Pierre Schaeffer and Stockhausen. In 1960 he joined the ORTF, and in 1966 was put in charge of the (GRM). In 1975, the GRM was integrated with the new (INA) with Bayle as its head, which post he held until 1997. During these years he organized concerts, radio broadcasts, seminars and events celebrating individual composers, supported technological developments (Syter, GRM Tools, Midi Formers, Acousmographe) and was behind innovations such as the Acousmonium and the INA-GRM recordings label.
After leaving GRM in 1997, he founded his own electronic music studio, the Studio Magison, where he has devoted himself to research, writing and composition.

Jeita , or murmurs of the waters is the name given in Amareic of a cavern near Beyruth. Bayle was among one of the fist to visit one of the largest and richest caverns in the world. Several months later in January 1969 the general public was allowed to enter the upper corridors and great halls of Jeita for the first time on the occasion of an electro-acoustic concert concieved by Francois Bayle .


Luc Ferrari - Héterozygote / J'ai été coupé - Prospective 21eme Siecle

Luc Ferrari trained in music since a very young age and continued his composition and piano studies, until a case of tuberculosis in his youth interrupted his career as a pianist. From then on he mostly concentrated on musical composition. During this illness he had the opportunity to become acquainted with the radio receiver, with pioneers such as Schoenberg, Berg , Webern and others who strengthened him in his resolution to dissociate himself from the instruction of his first conservatoires.
He participated from 1954 to 1958 in the “Internationale Ferienkurse Darmstadt” - international vacation courses, where he had friendly relations with Stockhausen, Nono, Berrio, , . Later and afterwards Pierre Schaeffer still increased his urge to break the dams which force the musical traditions until then. Ferrari could only withdraw himself from dogmas.
Overwhelmed by «Déserts» from Varese , he likewise discovered at the broadcast, he decided immediately in the year 1954 to visit him in New York. He dedicated this trip of several weeks on a freighter to the composition of piano pieces. His attraction to the musique concrète and his collaboration with Pierre Schaeffer from 1957 to 1966 led him to extend the notion of abstract music, to want to tear the membrane between the genresThe first portable tape recorders allowed him to collect outside of the studios the sound for his piece Hétérozygote.


mardi 13 octobre 2009

André Almuro - Musiques Experimentales - Disques Ades- LP

If there is one composer who likes to keep mysterious , he certainly would be a contender . Funnily enough even on IRCAM's website shows relativity no information on the mysterious french-man .
Born 1927 . Piano studies since childhood , he quickly embarks in sound research by 1950 he was producer at the RDF Radio and by 1958 was part of the "Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'ORTF"
Here is an ultimate classic in the genre from 1967 , though I think that all this man touched is genius .
Since the 90's he has been making movies.


mercredi 4 mars 2009

Rodolfo Caesar - Cuare - Private Press LP

Superb album by under-looked Brazilian Composer Rodolfo Caesar. Private press of 300-500 copies ??? (1975). This is huge !!! it's all here, Electronics ,Avant Gard, Concrete , superbly composed ;executed with distinct passion of the art form.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1950; is Lecturer at the School of Music in UFRJ, Brazil, where he coordinates LaMuT – Music and Technology Lab (Laboratório de Música e Tecnologia). Caesar works also as researcher at the National Council of Research (Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa).

samedi 14 février 2009

Sebastien Roux- Revers Ouest - Room 40 - CD

Super talented young french artist Sebasien Roux (with various guests on Cello , prepared piano , drums and voices) on an all out Concrete frenzy , one of my favourite releases so far this year. I am really enjoying this new generation of Acousmatic/concrete composers who have being emerging for the last 10 years , the compositions have an extra edge and this is is a perfect example totally picking up where INA-GRM left off , and I am talking about the GRM vinyl series that were such instant classics. Extremely refined and yet sometimes even aggressive atmospheric , great compositions ! Highest recommendations !!!


Fernando Grillio / Dumitrscu / Nemescu / Cazaban / Surianu - Electrecord 2XLP

The fantastic Fernando Grillio teaming up with all star Romanian composers , Iancu Dumitrescu , Octavian Nemescu, Costin Cazaban , Horia Surianu.
Truly on my mind Grillio was the only real candidate to perform these pieces.
Grillio is well known for his technical accomplishment and one of the rare to accomplish such sonic detail and timbral finesse I can imagine that these pieces were written with Grillio specifically in mind.
Double bass , prepared pianos ,gongs ,Crystals ,Synths ,saws and Cobza (Romanian luth)

jeudi 15 janvier 2009

Arthur Pétronio - Arthur Pétronio - Igloo

Pétronio (born 1897) a remarkable artist to the fullest meaning of the word. Firstly he had a very important career as a violinist , performer and composer)
Then later on turned his interest in painting firstly with later on becoming close friend with Kadinsky and Klee , Moholy-Nagy and following the abstract painting movements of the time.
Also an author he published several poetry books.
Here Pétronio's only known recording (though he is also included in the Poesia Sonora box set from cramps) reveals his ingenious approach to sound poetry. great journey in an artists mind. A favourite from the already very impressive igloo catalogue.


lundi 12 janvier 2009

Kid Baltan and Tom Dissevelt - The Fascinating World of Electronic Music - Philips LP

Some of the earliest electronic recordings were produced, in the late-1950s by Netherlands-based composers/keyboardists Tom Dissevelt and technician Kid Baltran (born: Dick Raaijmakers). Their 1957 debut album, Song Of The Second Moon, included the groundbreaking electronic composition, "Sonik Re-entry". Although they continued to collaborate on an album, Glas in 1958 and a seven-inch single, "Electronic Moments" in 1959, Dissevelt had replaced Baltran with another technician when he recorded his 1964 album, Fantasy In Orbit. Fun record !!
Listen 1,Liten 2,Listen 3

dimanche 11 janvier 2009

Pietro Grossi - Elettro Musica No.2 - Leo

Here is favourite of mine from Pitero Grossi. Sometimes twisted and very aggressive electronics followed by some mellower moments and bang more FM synthesis madness 'a la ' Pietro Grossi . Pietro Grossi was a cellist and composer, born in Venice in 1917. He founded the S 2F M (Studio de Fonologia Musicale di Firenze) in 1963 in order to experiment with electronic sound and composition, basing his work on explorations of very reduced material until his death in 2002.

Guiliani Sorgini - Elettroformule - Leo /Vinyl

Extremly rare micropressed library record by Sorgini from 1969. Even googling this up did not show much , just half a page . Some really lo-fi electronic/concrete , not the best pressing(like a lot of those library records) but for my taste does add an extra something .

VA - Associacio Catalana De Compositors Vol 1. / Ensayo-Eny

No doubt in my mind the standout track on this is Andres Lewin-Richter's " sequencia 2" (included as mp3 below) delicious , deliriously soaked analog syhth mayhem , beautifully recorded ! I could say this track has balls !!! As for the the rest which includes Juan José Olives , Albert Sarda Miguel Roger David Padros simply good quality modern Classical. .

lundi 5 janvier 2009

Orchid Spangiafora-Flee Past’s Ape Elf-Twin/Tone Records 1979 / Vinyl

Released by Twin/Tone Records in 1979. This vinyl was only pressed 724 copies. Hence not the easiest to to find , on top of it this found it's way on the infamous NWW list , so 'bang' this means that much more people want it. and 'yes it is brilliant !!!!!
Orchid Spangiafora is Rob Carey sometimes aided by Byron Coley & Chris Osgood .Excellent tape loops, splices, cut-ups and so forth."

samedi 3 janvier 2009

Lelo Nazario - Discurso Aos Objetos / Balada Unidimensional - Private Press Vinyl

Outside of Brazil Lelo Nazario is unfortunatly no household name .Recognized as a very original composer and pianist and one of the creators of GRUPO UM, he works in the areas of avant-garde , musique concrete and jazz. Trying to find more info on I did discover , and was not surprised that he had also worked , with Hermeto Pascoal and luiz Roberto Oliveira . An exceptional pianist indeed , but this skillfully crafted musique concrete pressed on 45 rpm vinyl slab should make head turns !!
Discurso aos objectos (1978) , full of concrete wizardry and unpredictable complexity could make Krishna turn into a bad boy !
Balada Unidimensional (1983) teaming up with guitarist Paulo Bellinati , shows traits of heart felt classical guitar improve , closely followed and answered by Nazario