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Guionnet / La Casa / Samartzis / Warburton: Parking (Collection Paris) (Swarming)

Two improvisations by saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet & violinist Dan Warburton recorded in Paris & Melbourne parking garages 14 years apart, registering the behavior and characteristics of environmental and instrumental sound within these unique spaces, edited by Eric La Casa and Philip Samartzis as a 4-channel master by synchronizing two sets of independent stereo recordings.

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Jean-Luc Guionnet-saxophone

Dan Warburton-violin

Eric La Casa-recordings, editings, mastering

Philip Samartzis-recordings, editings, mastering

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Label: Swarming
Catalog ID: 016
Squidco Product Code: 34398

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: Canada

Parking La Villette (Parking Cité de le musique, Paris, May 7th 2007)

Parking La Villette comprises an improvisation recorded in a parking garage located at the edge of Parc de la Villette, beneath the Cité de la Musique, in Paris.

And Parking 2 (Parking rue de Maronites, Paris, and Victoria gardens carpark, Melbourne, 2021)

Parking 2 was recorded in Melbourne and Paris during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"The architectural form and function underpinning the parking garage demands a highly adaptive response to negotiate indeterminate conditions and hidden tensions generated by compressed space, reflective materiality, multipurpose infrastructure, and active thoroughfares. Rather than consider these as undesirable, situational practice offers an opportunity to be in the world, to observe and contest dominant narratives, and through improvised responses incorporate aleatory forces and spatial effects.

"Parking La Villette" comprises an improvisation recorded in a parking garage located at the edge of Parc de la Villette, beneath the Cité de la Musique, in Paris. The basic premise was to repurpose the building as a site of activation and play, free of the formal and commercial constraints of the institution under which it is posited. Parking La Villette features two instrumentalists, and two sound recordists investigating the acoustic, spatial, and material character of the compact multilevel location. As the team probed the space with their assorted instruments and equipment, different impressions gradually form through an entanglement of direct and reflected sound, musical and non-musical articulation, and environmental presences and ruptures.

"Parking 2" was recorded in Melbourne and Paris during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than working together in situ, two sets of recordings were produced at different times in separate locations. The constraints imposed by the global pandemic response led to a different type of interrogation in which the parking garage became for the most part an inactive space. Due to the absence of human activity, electrical and mechanical appliances including fluorescent lights, air vents, refrigeration units, and pay stations were of comparable interest to that of instrumental expression. The acoustic incoherence caused by the convergence of discretely realised site recordings is ameliorated by the highly textured and modular concrete environment comprising the two geographically distinct locations.

Parking is derived from a four-channel master produced by synchronising two sets of independent stereo recordings. While it does not convey the full spatial complexity of the original multichannel version, the recordings reveal a range of sono-musical possibilities generated within each location. Ones that freely circulate among the stale air, fluttering vents, dim lighting, and exhaust fumes which hang heavily within grimed recursive space. Familiar and unremarkable, yet the parking garage affords complex encounters of concrete and spectral realities, and contrasts in atmosphere, tone, and texture."-Philip Samartzis, 2023

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"Jean-Luc Guionnet is an elusive figure. A Parisian artist active in many fields (music, visual arts, cinema), he has mostly worked in electro-acoustics but also has a career in free improvisation, playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, church organ, and piano. He has collaborated with Éric La Casa, Éric Cordier, and André Almuro on tape music. His main free improv and jazz projects include Hubbub, Schams, Return of the New Thing, and the Joe Rosenberg quintet.

Guionnet made scientific studies before shifting to fine arts. He studied musique concrete under Iannis Xenakis and Michel Zbar, but also pursued studies in philosophy (esthetics) with Geneviève Clancy. His first works date from the late '80s and are mostly collaborations with filmmaker André Almuro (some have been issued by Ground Fault). Then came a lasting partnership with electro-acousticians Éric Cordier and Éric La Casa. Together they wrote the series "Afflux." Guionnet also produces the Ateliers de Création Radiophoniques ("creative radio workshops") for France Culture. His eclecticism has kept him at bay of recognition -- because to the eye of the press it strips him from some credibility and because running careers in philosophy (he was co-director for the review Terre des Signes from 1993 to 1996), painting (he exhibited from 1992 to 1997), and music simultaneously tends to be time-consuming.

The release of an eponymous CD by Dan Warburton's free jazz quartet Return of the New Thing in 1999 on the respected label Leo Records introduced Guionnet to a wider audience. Since then his activities as an improviser have constantly stretched toward the fringes of experimentalism. His participation in the French-Swiss group Hubbub and his duo with guitarist Olivier Benoit (&Un, 2002) follow the school of Berlin reductionism."

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"Dan Warburton was born in 1963 in Rochdale, England. He began studying violin at the age of 7, and piano four years later. With a North West Arts scholarship, he studied violin, piano, and composition (classes of Petr Eben and Dorothy Pilling) at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School, Manchester. He also worked with composer Derek Bourgeois and percussionist Ian Wright at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, whose musicians created "Music for Ten Percussionists" in 1980.

In 1981 he received a scholarship (Entrance Scholarship) to study music at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where he worked with Robin Holloway. His composition "I Will Not Lose Control", written for Peter Wiegold and Gemini, won the North West Young Composers Competition in 1982 and was performed throughout the North of England. In 1984, his music for "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Shakespeare) won the Best Music Award at the National Student Drama Festival, at the end of a tour in five European countries with the Cambridge European Theater group.

He graduated with First Class Honors in 1984, earning him a Senior Scholarship in Caius to prepare his Master of Philosophy (Musical Composition), which he obtained in 1985. The same year he was awarded the prestigious Harkness Fellowship of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, which allows him to prepare his Doctor of Philosophy (Musical Composition) at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, from 1986 to 1987, where he works with Robert Morris, Warren Benson and Allan Schindler. In 1986, in New York City, he worked with Steve Reich on an analysis of his "Sextet" for his doctoral thesis.

In 1987, "Modern Dreams / Ancient Nightmares", his poetry / music / video collaboration with Fred Goodwin, went to Riverside Studios, Hammersmith. Warburton obtained his doctorate in 1987 and moved to Paris in 1988, where he worked as a radio presenter, translator (IRCAM, Radio France) and professor at the IACP (Institute Art Culture Perception). In 1992 he won the Lili Boulanger International Prize for Composition (University of Boston), for his compositions "Small Animals", "Littoral" and "New Mexico Disco Project". In 1996, his ballet "Crime Caramel" with The Mireille Barlet Company shot in several cities in the south of France. He is a reporter for The Wire (London), Signal To Noise (USA) and for the internet magazine and has written songs for the Newt Hinton Ensemble in The Netherlands, as well as The Composers Ensemble ("Splinters for Misha", created in Dartington, where Warburton works as Affiliate Lecturer in Music since 2005), and soprano Ann Liebeck ("Four Beckett Songs", premiered at Wigmore Hall, London, 1997). Dan Warburton also plays keyboards with the Sons Traques and Return of the New Thing groups (albums on Leo, Ayler and Not Two). He also plays with Bruno Meillier (album "Cho", SMI NM 212) in duo "Rats" with Edward Perraud (Textile, Vynile Series 08, LP), in trio with Jac Berrocal and Aki Onda, in the group Po-Go with Pascal Battus, Frederic Blondy, Bertrand Gauguet."

-Dan Warburton Website (Translated by Google) (

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"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 (

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"Philip Samartzis (born 1963, Melbourne) is a sound artist, composer and associate professor in Sculpture, Sound and Spatial Practice and teaches Sound Cultures in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) program at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

Philip Samartzis uses field recordings of natural and constructed environments as his primary material to render densities of space and discrete zones of aural experience, which are arranged and mixed to reflect the acoustic and spatial complexities of everyday sound fields. He draws on a range of practices ranging from acoustic ecology and bioacoustics to musique concrète and sound art to arrive at compositions that highlight the pervasive nature of sound and the myriad ways in which it informs and influences our daily experiences. To emphasize this Philip designs his compositions for multi-channel surround sound systems that afford immersive and tactile listening experiences to demonstrate the transformational qualities inherent in sounds familiar and strange."

-Discogs (

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Track Listing:

1. Guionnet + La Casa + Samartzis + Warburton - Parking La Villette 1 29:07

2. Guionnet + La Casa ¡ Samartzis + Warburton - Parking La Villette 2 26:27

3. Guionnet + La Casa + Samartzis - Parking 2 a 16:51

4. Guionnet + La Casa ¡ Samartzis - Parking 2 b 11:04

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