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Composer Gregory Buttner captured recordings from the 19th century French Performance Arts Forum in St. Erme, Picardy in 2011, using the house as a sound generator, resonant space and instrument, organizing the recordings into this excursive and exploratory composition.
 

Buttner, Gregory
Pochen

Buttner, Gregory: Pochen (Herbal International)

Label: Herbal International    
Released in: Malaysia    


"I recorded the sounds for this piece in March 2011 at the "Performance Arts Forum" in France. The PAF is housed in a former convent school, which was built at the end of the 19th Century in the village of St. Erme in Picardy. After the convent school and a hospital during World War I, various temporary uses and a long term of vacancy, the PAF was founded in 2006 as a workplace for artists.

During my three-week stay, I kept sneaking through the 6.400 m2 building: From the attic to the basement, from the small private chapel through the various rooms and artists' studios. I examined the old monastery acoustically, recorded sounds and improvised together "with the house".

The role of the house kept moving between sound generator, resonant space and instrument. I recorded breathing wood planks or flickering light switches, explored the different resonant cavities, made metal cabinets resonate or prepared out-of-tune pianos.

From the recorded material I worked out a composition, which, organized in chapters, permeates the house acoustically and connects found sounds, digital processing and experimental performance techniques into a "throbbing"."-Gregory Buttner






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Product Information:

Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1402
Squidco Product Code: 20811

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Performance Arts Forum in St. Erme in Picardy, France in March 2011 by Gregory Buttner.

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1. Pochen 41:16