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Two large and intricate works from the mid-90s of concrete music from electroacoustic composer Lionel Marchetti, working with field recordings, electronic and analog synthesis.

Marchetti, Lionel
Une Saison

Marchetti, Lionel : Une Saison (Monotype)
Label: Monotype    
Released in: Poland    

"This double CD is a most welcome re-issue of four early works of Lionel Marchetti, which are no doubt all long gone and sometimes released as a 3"CD, which some people found difficult. Its 'La Grande Valle' (Metamkine's Cinema Pour L'Oreille), 'Portrait d'un glacier' (Ground Fault Recordings), 'Dans la montagne (Ki Ken Tai)' (La Muse En Circuit and later Chloe Recordings) and 'L'oeil retourne' (Selektion).

Marchetti is self-taught, but has a great love of the use of microphones and loudspeakers. He uses that extensively in these four works, which contain lots of field recordings as well as in 'La Grande Vallee' various instruments, such as clarinet and voices and in 'L'oeil retourne' also an analogue synthesizer. Marchetti's pieces sometimes uses site specific field recordings, made during a mountain trip ('Portrait d'un glacier') or the French Kendo team ('Dans la montagne (Ki Ken Tai)'). He puts these sounds together in some fine narrative pieces of musique concrete. A walkthrough the mountains, along dangerous glaciers, the fields of southern France or Kendo schools, all of these put together with great elegance and care. A fine combination of sounds, movements, textures and spaces. He truly tells a story, rather than just documenting the world around him. Human activity, music making, is as important as natural sounds. These four 'early' pieces are all equally great at that, and for those who arrived 'late' in discovering Marchetti, this is a most welcome re-issue."-Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly #778

"Lionel Marchetti (France, 1967) is a composer of musique concrète. First self-taught, he discovered the catalogue of Musique Concrète with Xavier Garcia. He has composed in the CFMI of Lyon 2 University between 1989 and 2002, where he still organizes workshops focused on the loudspeaker, the recorded sound and Musique Concrète, both on practical and theoretical levels. He has built his own recording studio, and composes also in the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris since 1993. Lionel Marchetti also performs improvisation using microphones and loudspeakers, as a duo with Jérôme Noetinger, with the collective Le Cube with (Christophe Auger, Étienne Caire, Christophe Cardoen, Xavier Quérel, Jérôme Noetinger, Gaëlle Rouard) that performs live music and where films are shown and worked on interactively, and with the collective Archipel: Emmanuel Petit, Mathieu Werchowski, Sophie Agnel, Fabrice Charles, Pascal Battus. Since 1992, he organizes regular workshops centered on Radio and creation together with Olivier Capparos for France Culture. At the same time, he writes poetry, and develops theoretical thoughts on Musique concrète and the art of the loudspeaker."-Monotype Records

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Product Information:

Label: Monotype
Catalog ID: mono036
Squidco Product Code: 14327

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Poland
Packaging: 2 CDs in cardstock foldover
Various recording dates and locations between 1993 and 2000.


Lionel Marchetti-field recordings, sib clarinet, analogic synthesizer, electronics, composition

Helene Bettencourt-voice

Frederic Malenfer-voice

Bruno Roche-voice

Jean Andreo-bass clarinet

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. La Grande Vallee 20:41

2. [blank] 0:23

3. Portrait d'un glacier (Alpes, 2173m) 28:42

CD 2

1. Dans la montagne (Ki Ken Tai) 12:06

2. [blank] 0:13

3. L'oeil retourne 24:28