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Ferrari, Luc: Presque Rien [VINYL 2 LPs] (Recollection GRM)

Collecting all four of Luc Ferrari's musique concrete masterpieces "Presque Rien" on LP for the first time, forward-thinking and well-considered work from one of the masters of electroacoustic music.
 

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UPC: 9120020389495

Label: Recollection GRM
Catalog ID: REGRM 005LP
Squidco Product Code: 16966

Format: 2 LPs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Austria
Packaging: 2 LPs
Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin in October 2012.


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Luc Ferrari

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"Luc Ferrari (February 5, 1929 - August 22, 2005) was a French composer of Italian heritage.

Ferrari was born in Paris, and was trained in music at a very young age. He studied the piano under Alfred Cortot, musical analysis under Olivier Messiaen, and composition under Arthur Honegger. His first works were freely atonal. 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 Schönberg, Berg, and Webern.

In 1954, Ferrari went to the United States to meet Edgard Varèse, whose Déserts he had heard on the radio, and had impressed him. This seems to have had a great effect on him, with the tape part in Déserts serving as inspiration for Ferrari to use magnetic tape in his own music. In 1958 he co-founded the Groupe de Recherches Musicales with Pierre Schaeffer and François-Bernard Mâche. He taught in institutions around the world, and worked for film, theatre and radio. By the early 1960, Ferrari had begun work on his Hétérozygote, a piece for magnetic tape which uses ambient environmental sounds to suggest a dramatic narrative. The use of ambient recordings was to become a distinctive part of Ferrari's musical language.

Ferrari's Presque rien No. 1 'Le Lever du jour au bord de la mer (1970) is regarded as a classic of its kind. In it, Ferrari takes a day-long recording of environmental sounds at a Yugoslavian beach and, through editing, makes a piece that lasts just twenty-one minutes. It has been seen as an affirmation of John Cage's idea that music is always going on all around us, and if only we were to stop to listen to it, we would realise this. Ferrari continued to write purely instrumental music as well as his tape pieces. He also made a number of documentary films on contemporary composers in rehearsal, including Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Ferrari died in Arezzo, Italy on August 22, 2005, at age 76."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Ferrari)
11/20/2019

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track listing:


SIDE A

A1. Presque rien n 1, le lever du jour au bord de la mer (1967-1970)

SIDE B

B1. Presque rien n 2, ainsi continue la nuit dans ma tête multiple (1977)

SIDE C

C1. Presque rien avec filles (1989)

SIDE D

D1. Presque rien n 4, la remontée du village (1990-1998)
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Four musique concrete masterpieces by French electro-acoustic innovator Luc Ferrari -- all of the Presque Rien's collected together in one vinyl set for the first time.

"Presque rien n 1", le lever du jour au bord de la mer (1967-1970): "Following the complete disappearance of abstract sounds, we can regard this piece as a sonic snapshot and the culmination of an evolution. This is a realistic rendering (as faithful as possible) of a fishing village waking up. The first idea of minimalism."

"Presque rien n 2", ainsi continue la nuit dans ma tête multiple (1977): "Description of a landscape at night that a soundman attempts to define through microphones, but the night surprises the 'hunter' and creeps inside his head. It then becomes a double description: the inner landscape transforms the outer night and by composing it, adds its own reality (a fantasy of reality) or, perhaps, a psychoanalysis of his nightscape..."

"Presque rien avec filles" (1989): "Within paradoxical landscapes, a photographer/composer is hidden while girls are having a sort of picnic on the grass. Without being aware of it, they offer him the spectacle of their intimacy."

"Presque rien n 4", la remontée du village (1990-1998): "I always hesitated before releasing 'Presque rien.' For instance, it took two years for the first one to come out and things went on this way. The fourth one took nine years of hesitating. But here it is. Perhaps because this is a real 'presque rien' fake where reality and lies mix. This is the ascent into the old town of Ventimiglia." --Luc Ferrari; "-GRM

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