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Ferrari, Luc: Photophonie [VINYL] (Transversales Disques)

To mark the 90th anniversary of his birth, Transversales Disques is reissuing electraoustic composer and pioneer Luc Ferrari's 1989 work "Photophonie", along with "Il etait une fois" (1973), "Trans-Voices" (1992), and "Leica" (1977), in a great overview of his work as co-founder of the GRM and with French Radio's Groupe de Musique Concrete.
 

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UPC: 3760179355116

Label: Transversales Disques
Catalog ID: TRANSVERS 014LP
Squidco Product Code: 27940

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: France
Packaging: LP
Recorded between 1973 and 1992.


Personnel:

Luc Ferrari-composer, performer

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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)
11/11/2019

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Photophonie 29:26

SIDE B



1. Il Etait Une Fois 17:15

2. Trans Voices 0:51

3. Tu MÕecoutes 4:40
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"In 2019, to mark the 90th anniversary of his birth, Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of " Photophonie " unpublished archives, spanning 1973-1992, revelatory collection of commercial, `commission and secret music by electroacoustic music pioneer Luc Ferrari. - " Photophonie " (1989) / Music for the photographic exhibition of Alain Willaume. - " Il etait une fois " (1973) / Commissioned by the G.M.E.B. - " Trans-Voices " (1992) / Curated by the American Center, Paris. - " Leica " - (1977) / Advertising for the Leica camera. " Affiliated with French Radio's Groupe de Musique Concrete, co-founder of the GRM with Pierre Schaeffer in 1958 Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) major figure of musique concrete and electroacoustic music broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, musical theatre, field recordings, orchestral music and soundtracks...""-Transversales Disques

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