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A musique concrete compositions written in 1967 by Luc Ferrari used for a television program by C. Caspari, using recordings Ferrari made in 1966 at an exhibition of Jean Tinguely's frantically moving sculptures; plus a 1964 soundtrack to a 33 minute black-and-white film by Jean Barral.
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Side A recorded at the exhibition of Jean Tinguely in 1966.
Side B recorded in 1964.
Luc Ferrari-concept, composer, performer
Jean Tinguely-sound sculptures
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1. Tinguely (1967) 12:40
1. Dernier Matin d'Edgar Allan Poe (1964) 17:14
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"Two tracks from a forthcoming 3CD box set entirely devoted to Luc Ferrari's film music - a landmark release for many reasons. Not only does it reveal a little-known chunk of his oeuvre as a composer for the screen (replete with several previously unavailable tracks), but it also sheds light on the ties between cinema and musique concrète, especially during the fruitful period that stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Musique concrète for a television program by C. Caspari. From recordings made by the composer in 1966 at an exhibition of Jean Tinguely's work. Once the 110V Liliput engine is turned on, the sculptures start moving instantly in unpredictable ways, as if they had suddenly become frantic. They move in disorganized and excited ways; each action brings them on the verge of self-destruction. Tinguely's "Balubas" show us how ephemeral and intangible art and life are. The "Balubas" carry joy and despair, fascination and disillusionment."
Dernier Matin d'Edgar-Allan Poe (1964)
Musique concrète for a short 33 mm black-and-white film by Jean Barral."-Sub Rosa
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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)
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"The Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely was born in Fribourg on 22 May 1925. After going to school in Basle, he began an apprenticeship as a shop-window decorator in a department store in 1940. He then studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle from 1941 to 1945, a period during which he discovered the art of Schwitters and Klee as well as becoming an enthusiastic fan of the Bauhaus.
Tinguely began experimenting with movement in space in 1944 with his machine-like sculptures by equipping them with electric motors and making them spin around at high speed. He moved to Paris in 1951, where he participated in Robert Rauschenberg's international happenings and associated with the casual artist group "Nouveaux Réalistes", exhibiting works in their exhibitions. He had his first one-man exhibition three years later, in 1954, at the Galerie Arnaux. Tinguely's fantasy machines with pre-programmed elements of chance, the so-called "Métamatics", are quite spectacular. They are machines producing drawings, or self-destructive machines. His welded iron constructions represent ironic attacks on the purpose of the era of technology.
Jean Tinguely exhibited works at the Biennale in Paris in 1959 and associated himself with the group "ZERO". The artist's international fame came around the mid-1960s, if not earlier. He showed works at the "documenta" 3, 4 and 6 in Kassel between 1964 and 1977.
Tinguely married the artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, a close friend of his, in 1961. Together, they installed the climbable female sculpture "Hon" at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 1966. In the same year he participated in the exhibition "The Machine" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
One year later he was present at the World Exhibition in Montreal. His "Machines" were once again shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1968 in the exhibition "Dada, Surrealism and their Heritage".
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago organised a retrospective exhibition in the same year and there was a large touring retrospective exhibition in 1972-73 which started at the Kunsthalle in Basle. Tinguely never ceased working, even in his old age. In 1980-81 he created the fountain "La Fontaine Stravinsky" in Paris together with Niki de Saint Phalle. During the 1980s Tinguely realised several major projects, et al. exhibitions, sculpture groups and fountains. His works conquered the world.
Jean Tinguely died in Bern on 20 August 1991."-Jean Tinguely Website (http://www.tinguely-jean.com/)
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