ECHO CHAMBER Episode 9 – Fa Césario (1ère partie)

 

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Mon invité pour la neuvième épisode est Fa Césario, artiste sonore et concepteur d’instruments électronique.

Dans la perspective d’insuffler de la vie dans la création en musique électronique, il introduit par le geste et jusque dans la création d’instrument ce qu’il nomme « l’erreur sensible » comme « moteur des possibles ».

Ses hypothèses selon lesquelles l’utilisation quotidienne d’un outil nous transforme et transforme le monde se trouvent validées par la lecture des travaux de Bernard Stiegler ainsi que par ceux de Gilbert Simodon et Norbert Wienert (Cybernetique et Société). En ce qui concerne ses réflexions sur l’appréciation du potentiel offert par l’erreur, c’est Ernst Schroedinger, dans son ouvrage « Qu’est ce que la vie? », qui lui permet d’en
mesurer les enjeux .

Fa Cesario a également été producteur de Hip-Hop à Marseille pendant dix ans. Il a aussi été un musicien actif des débuts de la scène électro et techno en France. Ses influences musicales proviennent directement du travail de compositeurs comme Edgard Varése, Franck Zappa ou John Cage, ainsi que des mouvements de la musique improvisée et de la « noise » japonaise, influences qui bousculent toute une tradition musicale plutôt protocolaire.

La musique qu’on entends au fil de l’épisode vient de plusieurs sorties différentes que l’on peut trouver sur ses sites:

soundcloud.com/fa-cesario

ordonnance.bandcamp.com/

ECHO CHAMBER Episode 12 – Clara de Asis

 

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Ceci est la deuxième édition francophone d’Echo Chamber, et mon invitée est la guitariste et compositrice Clara de Asis.

Clara de Asís est une compositrice et guitariste d’origine espagnole, basée en France. Elle développe une approche du sonore qui met en valeur la simplicité, la non-intervention et l’écoute active comme moyen de composition. Ses pièces sont à la fois d’une extrême précision et d’une ouverture intuitive ; caractérisées par une attention aux sons dans leurs moindres détails et dans les formes les plus épurées.

Son disque ‘Do Nothing’ (Another Timbre), qui présente une suite de six pièces pour guitare acoustique et percussion, a été extrêmement bien accueilli. Son travail ‘Without’, composé pour Greg Stuart (percussion) et Erik Carlson (violon), est sorti récemment sur le label new-yorkais Elsewhere.

Elle a composé des pièces pour Sähkökitarakvartetti / Juhani Grönroos, Lauri Hyvärinen, Jukka Kääriäinen, Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson; Greg Stuart & Erik Carlson.

Ses travaux sont édités par PiedNu (Uno todo tres, 2016, France), INSUB (Appalachian Anatolia / d’Incise, Suisse, 2016), Marginal Frequency (L’Inertie, avec Bruno Duplant, USA, 2017), Another Timbre (Do nothing, UK, 2018) et elsewhere (Without, avec Greg Stuart & Erik Carlson, USA, 2018).

La musique qu’on entends au fil de l’épisode vient de ses sorties suivantes:

1) Do Nothing (Another Timbre, 2018)

2) NUNUNU (Pan y Rosas Discos, 2015)

3) Uno todo tres (PiedNu, 2016)

www.claradeasis.com

ECHO CHAMBER Episode 11 – Isabelle Duthoit

 

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Pour la première édition francophone d’Echo Chamber, la clarinettiste et vocaliste Isabelle Duthoit.

Depuis toujours intéressée par la voix, Isabelle Duthoit développe depuis plus 10 ans une
technique de voix singulière et très personnelle. Un langage avant le langage, une voix de
l’origine. Inspirée par les techniques de voix du théâtre de Nô et du théâtre de Bunraku, elle cherche et développe un chant lié au cri à la voix brisée, la voix prise dans son entité du premier souffle intime jusqu’au cri.

Elle trouve son terrain de prédilection dans l’univers de l’improvisation libre, jouant dans de nombreux projets y compris Bouge (avec Johannes Bauer et Luc Ex), le quartet Where is the sun (avec Franz Hautzinger, Martin Tetreault et Dieb13), et tout récemment NYX (avec Angelica Castello et Sophie Agnel), sans parler de ses duos avec Franz Hautzinger (trompette, clar & voix), Daunik Lazro, Phil Minton, Keiji Haino et d’autres encore.

La musique qu’on entends dans cette épisode vient de deux performances live. La première, Isabelle en duo avec Franz Hautzinger (Live at the Odeon IV Festival, 2012), et la deuxième, un solo (Nachtstimmen, 2013).

http://corvorecords.de/artist/isabelle-duthoit/

https://rtrfm.com.au/story/isabelle-duthoit-franz-hautzinger/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOu41R69P9k

ECHO CHAMBER Episode 10 – Derek Piotr

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Back in November 2018 in New York I had the chance to spend some time with Poland-born producer and composer Derek Piotr, now based in New England. We managed to get in an hour talking about his various and wide-ranging achievements as well as share each other’s thoughts on shared eclectic music tastes and what the hell “experimental” might really mean.

Derek Piotr’s work focuses primarily on the voice. His work covers genres as diverse as glitch, leftfield pop, chamber, dance, and drone; and he has collaborated with artists including Richard Chartier, Don’t DJ, and Thomas Brinkmann across various disciplines. He has been intern to Meredith Monk, had his work nominated by the jury for Prix Ars Electronica (2012), and featured on Resonance FM and BBC.

Music featured in this episode comes from some of Derek’s latest releases:

  1. Callsource (from Grunt, 2018)
  2. Shallows (from Drono, 2016)
  3. The Storm (TBA)

Check it out and buy it all from his website:

derekpiotr.com

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 8 – Klaus Kürvers

 

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One of the last interviews I’ve made is with the double bassist and architect Klaus Kürvers, in Berlin. We spent a fine afternoon in his garden house while he told me all about his musical career, the exciting experimental music scenes in ’60’s Germany, and his particular sensitivity to the mental spaces created by musical improvisation with regards to his deep knowledge and experiences as an architect.

At a moment near the end, I’ve introduced some sounds from my neighbourhood in Marseille, I couldn’t resist when Klaus brings up sonic environments. Also, a softly ticking clock can be heard pretty much throughout this recording, an eery reminder of linear perception of time despite our trying to break out of it through conversation.

Klaus Kürvers, born 1950 in Essen (Germany), doublebass studies 1964-68 among others with Peter Trunk. During the late sixties member of the Essen Youth Symphony Orchestra and also at the same time of different amateur Jazz groups (“Free Jazz” since 1967); 1969-71 in Cologne with the Jazz-Rock-Group “Eiliff” (w/Rainer Brüninghaus). Interupted 1971-2006 his public music activities for his studies and professional scientific career as an architect and cultural historian in Berlin. Since 2006 resumption of his musical activities as part of the Berlin improvisers’ scene. Performing bassist again since 2009.

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Klaus has released many albums in collaboration with many of the movers and shakers of Berlin’s improvised music scene, which can be found here.

The music featured in this episode is taken a recording session between Klaus and Madrid-based drummer Sam Hall.

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 7 – Daniel Williams

 

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My guest this time is composer and sound-designer Daniel Williams. As a composer, he works mostly in the theatre, writing, playing and mixing live soundtracks with a variety of companies including DEREVO, Freaks und Fremde, Theatre Subversion, Das Gegenteil (Valentin Tszin), JuWie Dance Company, as well as with a variety of other dancers.

In addition his music has appeared in an installation at Tonlagen (Hellerau, Dresden 2010), in concerts at CYNETART (Dresden 2015), DAVE (Dresden 2014 and 2015), Tapei Soul (Taiwan 2016), and many other venues and events in Dresden and Berlin. His soundtrack for DEREVO’s ’Mephisto Walz’ won a special technicians prize (Broadway Baby) at the Edinburgh Festival in 2012. As a translator he made the English version of two catalogues for the OSTRALE Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2016 and 2017.

His music, as ghostradio, has been released by phonocake.org and Lockertmatik Records.

The music featured in this episode is taken from various soundtracks composed by Daniel for theatre works:

  1. Mephisto Waltz
  2. Craving (Lockertmatik Edit)
  3. ‘The Return Of The Black Swan’ from Schizophrenie

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ECHO CHAMBER Episode 6 – Stepha Schweiger

 

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This time I was with singer/songwriter and experimental composer Stepha Schweiger from Berlin. One of her most recent works, called The Mark On The Wall, is a music theatre work based on a text by Virginia Woolf, and deals with a lot of the themes that we discuss, such as the overarching importance of memory in music and the arts, her place in the world as a female composer, and the important roles played by the people that influence us throughout our lives, especially those who have died.

In 1993 Stepha Schweiger created her first experimental music theatre commissioned by the Berlin Senate. Amongst other experiences, she completed a one year course at the Ircam in Paris and at the Institute of Sonology, Conservatory of the Hague. In 2017 her 100-minutes-long music theatre work “The Mark On The Wall”, based on the story of the same name by Virginia Woolf from 1917, was created in London and Berlin, followed by a performance in Ulm in April 2018. With her band “Girl On Catfish” studio recordings were done in 2018.

Like the previous episode, this interview was recorded in the corner of a large, empty gallery room, so there’s a lot of echo but it creates a somewhat fitting sonic environment.

The music you’ll hear throughout this episode comes from various releases of Stepha’s and shows the large variety of genres and sounds that this composer enjoys exploring:

1) Frango Phragmon ExtendedKlangereignis Pur (Stepha Schweiger komponiert visionmusique)

2) Dissolve Into – Dissolve Into

3) Ver-blich 5 – Klangereignis Pur (Stepha Schweiger komponiert visionmusique)

4) Wooden Leg – upcoming release. (Stepha Schweiger:  voc and piano, Hanno Leichtmann: electronics,  Katherine Mansfield: lyrics)

You can find out more about this genre-defying composer at stepha.net.

If you’ve enjoyed this discussion, you can find more on my website, where I’ll be regularly uploading new episodes. You can also download the episodes on iTunes by searching Echo Chamber.

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