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La Casa, Eric: AIR.ratio (Swarming)

Reissuing La Casa's 2006 album of ventilation systems, which started with a bathroom vent and expanded to a sonic exploration of aeraulic devices and air flows in Paris buildings of various ages and dimensions, documenting their sonic and musical qualities, functioning as a sound study, a sonic data bank, a CD of environments, and finally as music.
 

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UPC: 9782955958117

Label: Swarming
Catalog ID: SWARMING 007
Squidco Product Code: 24953

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Paris, France in 1994, by the artist.


Personnel:

Eric La Casa

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track listing:


1. Calibration : The 30 Recordings In 1 Minute 1:00

2. European Hopital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Carpark 2:00

3. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Central Street 2:00

4. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Corridor 2:00

5. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Corridor 2:00

6. Institute Pasteur (Paris XV) Corridor 2:00

7. Apartment (Groundfloor - Paris XX) Bathroom 2:00

8. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

9. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

10. Radio France (Paris XVI) Corridor 2:00

11. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

12. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

13. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

14. Radio France (Paris XVI) Toilet 2:00

15. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Corridor 2:00

16. Radio France (Paris XVI) Corridor 2:00

17. Apartment (15th Stage - Paris XX) Bathroom 2:00

18. Restaurant Le Chiberta (Paris VIII) Toilet 2:00

19. National Public Library François Mitterrand (Paris Xiii) Toilet 2:00

20. National Public Library François Mitterrand (Paris Xiii) Toilet 2:00

21. National Public Library François Mitterrand (Paris Xiii) Toilet 2:00

22. Contemporary Art CenterGeorges Pompidou (Paris II) Toilet 2:00

23. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Corridor 2:00

24. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Toilet 2:00

25. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Toilet 2:00

26. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Toilet 2:00

27. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Carpark 2:00

28. European Hospital Georges Pompidou (Paris XV) Carpark 2:00

29. Cite De La Musique - Vinci Carpark (Paris XIX) 2:00

30. Contemporary Art Center Georges Pompidou (Level -1 - Paris II) 2:00

31. National Public Library François Mitterrand (Paris Xiii) Esplanade 2:00

32. Calibration : The 30 Recordings In 1 Minute 1:00

33. Silence) : 1 Minute 1:00
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"It all started in 1994, in a bathroom. An air vent above the bathtub attracted my attention. There, in the dusty environment, air became noise, music. Microphones were brought into contact with this acoustic territory to transmit the sonority of the aeraulic device directly. Since that day, I have been attentive to the flow of air in the modern architecture. This CD presents a selection of sound recordings made in Paris in buildings of various ages and dimensions. Without seeking to itemize mechanized ventilation systems in any methodical manner, I was interested in documenting their sonic and musical qualities. My approach wasn't strictly scientific, but nor was it primarily musical. All the sound recordings were made using a boom and of a pair of condenser microphones. Direct contact with the material was avoided. The recordings were subsequently assembled and equalized to optimize their abstract qualities, i.e. I sought to emphasize only sonic particularities related to the acoustics of the point of listening, not events related to the external movements (sounds of doors, or voices): a listening devoid of both context and reference."-Eric La Casa



"My listening project (about controlled mechanical ventilation in new buildings) is multiple : it can function as a sound study, a sonic data bank, a CD of environments, and finally as a music. This CD is intended to be an object without distinctive function. This is precisely what interests me : the question of listening, at home. "-Eric La Casa



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Artist Biographies:

"968: Born in Tours, France.
1987-91: Studied history of art (University of La Sorbonne, Paris).
1988: Starting sound experiments.

Since 1991: Sound artist.

(award: Festival "Soundscape before 2000")

- tape music composer
A research based on the landscape, its sound substances, its inner language, within a sensitive listening of the world.
[7 solo CDs, many CDs compilations : Japan, Germany, Taiwan, usa...]
+ Previous releases CD:
L'empreinte de l'ivresse (Digital Narcis Ltd, Japan), The Stone of the Threshold (The Ground Fault, Usa).
+ New CD (October 2000): Les Pierres du seuil part 4-7.

- "sound plastician"
(sound environments and installations: Clepsydre, Chute, mi-lieu...)
A research dedicated to the concept: the place - the sound/one place - one work.

- radio producer

(sound essays for the national radio program ACR-France Culture)
New work: Vent sur Ecoute (dedicated to the wind).
Work in progress: Ward Weis (a portrait of this sound artist).

Since 1996: Journalist for the french magazine of new musics: Revue et Corrigée.

Interviews with Pierre Marietan, Claude Schryer, Eric Cordier, Yann Paranthoën, Cédric Peyronnet, René Farabet, Slavek Kwi, Jocelyn Robert, Jean-Luc Guionnet,...
1989-1998: Director of La Légende des voix (label of experimental music).

10 releases (Arsenije Jovanovic, Jim O'Rourke, Syllyk, ...)"

-Kunstradio (http://kunstradio.at/BIOS/lacasabio.html)
10/11/2017

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