Continuumix #15 | April 2014 | 61:07 Picture from Peter Brook’s film Meeting With Remarkable Men, 1979
(00:00) Pierre Bernard - Kanake (excerpts) Pierre Bernard: synthesizer ; David Rueff: saxophone. From the Arche CD, published by Adda, France, 1991. Bernard was both a member of Pierre Schaeffer’s GRM and Xenakis’ CEMAMu.
(00:00) George Todd - Voicemask (excerpts), from the Barry Schrader/George Todd split LP published by CRI, USA, 1983. Vocal interjections produced on the Synclavier II.
(04:26) Micheline Coulombe Saint Marcoux (1938–1985) - Séquences (excerpt), 1968, for Ondes Martenot and percussion. Johanne Goyette & Marie Bernard: Ondes Martenot ; Serge Gratton: percussion. From the Anthology of Canadian Music 5xLP boxset, published by Radio Canada International, 1984. Saint-Marcoux bio here.
(05:41) Claire Bergerault & Jean-Luc Guionnet - Mune 2 (excerpt), from the Mune CD published by Cathnor Recordings, UK, 2012. Claire Bergerault: voice ; Jean-Luc Guionnet: church organ.
(07:00) Micheline Coulombe Saint Marcoux, slight return, ibid.
(08:37) D. Hansen - Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear, from the cassette published by Where To Now?, UK, 2014 (source: SoundCloud). D. Hansen is also known as Lotide.
(11:14) Jacqueline Nova Sondag (1935–1975) - Creacion de la Tierra (excerpt), 1972. Voice-based, electroacoustic music recorded by Columbian composer Jacqueline Nova at Laboratorio de Acústica y Electroacústica, Faculty of Architecture, University of Buenos Aires (source: SoundCloud).
(18:04) Monochrome Bleu - This Is Not/Ballerinas Of Manaus, from the Taucher LP published by Extraplatte, Germany, 1987. Legendary Austrian post-punk band composed of Peter Androsch (guitar), Wolfgang Dorninger (electronics, vocals), Walter Horn (bass), and Thomas Resch (saxophone).
(21:49) Peter Schat - Thema, opus 21, for solo oboe, guitar, organ and winds, 1970. From Peter Schat’s Complete Works 12-CD boxset, Nm Classics, The Netherlands, 2012.
(28:00) Monochrome Bleu, slight return, ibid.
(32:25) Cachette à Branlette - Sanctuaire, an early synth demo by young French musician from Bordeaux. Net release on Los Emes Del Oso, France, 2013. Full album here.
(33:40) Günter Maas - Molom-Takis-Kawak-Ses (excerpts), for children voices and electronics, 1967. From the self-released Klangbilder LP, Cologne, 1968.
(35:00) Birgitte Alsted - Agnete’s Laughter (excerpts), 2007, from the CD of the same title published by Da Capo, Denmark, 2012. Danish electroacoustic music composer Alsted (born 1942) sounds remarkably lively and playful in this composition for her own voice, environmental sounds and electronics. The excerpts used feature heavily treated vocalizations from Alsted.
(39:00) Kammerflimmer Kollectief - Teufelskamin Jam #1 (excerpt), from the Teufelskamin LP on Staubgold, 2011. Electronica/free jazz band from Karlsruhe, Germany. Devastating guitar solo by Thomas Weber.
(43:49) Lutto Lento - Unlucky (various excerpts from different tracks), cassette, 2013. Dynamic tape manipulations and collages from Polish electronic musician Lutto Lento.
(49:18) Boris Gagloev - The Exclamations From… (excerpt), recorded 1995. Gorgeous classical guitar composition by late Russian musician Boris Gagloev (1969–2008). From a full solo guitar album available on Archive.org.
(51:20) Catherine Brisset - Nébuleuse (excerpt), for pre-recorded electronic sounds and Cristal Baschet, composed by Thierry Alla. From the Skylamp CD published by Drone Sweet Drone Records, France, 2012 – stream on BandCamp. Atmospheric track by French leading Cristalliste, or Cristal Baschet player.
(56:20) The Shadow Ring - I Am Some Songs, 2003. From LP of the same name, Swill Radio, 2005. Electronic drone and radical voice treatment by British trio of Graham Lambkin, Tim Goss and Darren Harris.
(58:25) Philip Miller - Metronome, from The Refusal of Time CD, self-released as PMCD102, South Africa, 2013. Music composed for William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time, a 5-channel video installation at Documenta (13), Kassel, Germany, 2012.
In Epiloghi, Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas explores relations between, on the one hand, theater noise-machines used in Baroque opera to create wind, storm and dramatic effects on stage, with, on the other hand, Futurists noise-machines, or Intonarumori.
The album starts with non-descript, hard to identify noises and gradually adds sparse piano and harpsichord notes played by Christine Kessler. The harpsichord’s leading role on some tracks and Kessler’s soprano voice on track #4 are an evocation of early music and Baroque vocal mannerisms. Theater noise-machines take center stage with track #5, not as illustrative theater events but as pure noise-producing machines – hence the homage to Luigi Russolo and track titles culled from his Art of Noises. The last, 22mn-long track is a musique concrète composition for theater noise-machines alone where precision and close-up recording recall some of Nicolas Bernier’s own works in the same field (like usure.paysage, CD, Hrönir, 2011 – listen). In the end, the juxtaposition of Baroque theater noise-machines and Intonarumori actually sheds new light on Russolo’s Art of Noises itself, which might be considered more as stage music without a play than experimental music per se.
My only complain with Epiloghi would be the sound production, which seems rather small scale and studio-like, whereas bigger sound stage proportions or a proper live recording would have benefited to the entire concept. Anyway, this disc is an ambitious and original project perfectly realized by an adventurous composer.
VooDooMan - Crematorium (3:26) From Voices from Antidimension, DVD and netrelease, LOM Records, Slovakia, 2013
Crematorium is a rather claustrophobic and suffocating track on Slovakian musician VooDooMan's Voices from Antidimension, an otherwise super-gloomy collection of DIY noise and experimental electronic tracks reminiscent of the good old days of Industrial music from the 1980s. The DVD above collects 9 albums as well as videos and podcasts.
Hey you, was delighted to discover my intestinal noise on your site, which I love and have followed off and on for some time. just an fyi, the "matt marble" link you posted is not me. unfortunately (or fortunately?) there is another matt marble that makes semi-experimental music in California, where I'll be moving in two weeks. for what it's worth, my website is mattmarblemusic (tumblr won't let me share the exact link). thanks for listening and sharing! cheers, M
Hi, Matt. I don’t see anything wrong with California having 2 composers named Matt Marble doing experimental music and having an active web presence at the same time. Your own website has indeed some wonderful electro-acoustic music on the Audio Collagepage – a very delicate track named Five Mantras for Scott Walker is currently playing while I’m writing this reply–. Sorry for the fuck up with the link pointing to another you in my previous post. Might as well do another post on the real you, someday. Thanks for dropping by, anyway!
Lazyness, I guess, and a kind of Tellus overdose at some point. But I still think a CD box set of all issues would make a lot of sense. Maybe someone else with more boldness – and more money– will do it someday. Thanks for your interest.
Globe Sonore is a podcast from Montréal, Québec, with several programs on literature, movies and music. This episode of the “Hors-Champ” program, directed by André Habib, is about Quebecan experimental film maker Etienne O’Leary and includes many sound excerpts from the soundtrack LP released by Tenzier in 2010.