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Zanesi, Christian

Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL]

Zanesi, Christian: Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

French composer Christian Zanesi, a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatory and an artistic director of the Ina GRM, in an album presenting works from 1983 ("Stop ! L'horizon") and 1991 ("Grand Bruit"), the latter built on field recordings of train travel, the former an hommage to the potential of the recording studio itself.

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product information:

UPC: 5050580678729

Label: Recollection GRM
Catalog ID: REGRM 020LP
Squidco Product Code: 25157

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Grand Bruit composed in 1991.

Stop ! L'horizon composed in 1983.


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"Christian Zanési (born 1952, Lourdes) is a French composer.

Former student of Guy Maneveau and Marie-Françoise Lacaze at the Pau University (South of France) (1974-1975), of Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatory (1976-1977).

In 1977 he joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). There, he learned and practised all the technical skills linked to sound, thanks to a wide range of experiences, productions and encounters.

He has initiated many projects in the field of radio, publications and musical events including: the Electromania[1] radio show on France Musique, the festival Présences électronique and the CD box sets " Archives GRM ", " Bernard Parmegiani, l'œuvre musicale ", " Luc Ferrari, l'œuvre électronique ".

He currently is the artistic director of the Ina GRM.

Since the '90s Christian Zanési has been composing from his home studio and drawing his inspiration from the poetic encounter with remarkable sounds.[2]

In 2011, Christian Zanési takes part in Jérémie Carboni's Musique(s) électronique(s) documentary on Electronic music."

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track listing:


1. Grand Bruit (1991) (28:55)


1. Stop ! l'horizon (1983) (18:05)
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Christian Zanesi on Grand Bruit (1991): "The great mobile sound bodies have an ordinary yet amazing ability to place the listener-traveler within, as if he or she was inside a giant double bass, in this case a train stroked by a double bow: the rails and the air. In 1991, I explored this phenomenon during my daily commute from the studio to my home. I used only a 21 minutes recording and treated it as a single sound object. I then processed and enhanced it as a photographer would have done, immersing it in successive 'baths'. The title I chose for this singular form was Grand Bruit."

Christian Zanesi on Stop ! l'horizon (1983): "Saturday morning, nine o'clock as I reach the studio. No one here. I only turn on the spotlights as the fluorescent tubes are too noisy. I switch the power on, shut the door, unplug the telephone. I then switch the mixing desk on, which sends an electronic impulse into the amps. The four speakers react individually with a very brief and low hiss. A kind of presence. I haven't listened to anything since the evening before and my ear is refreshed by a night's sleep. I feed the original mix into the master recorder and sit down in the center. Remote control: PLAY With the first sound I close my eyes. The studio instantly vanishes. Another place, a much larger space opens up. I enter it. I have the very distinct feeling that music is merely a 'great noise', chiseled inside with a thousand details. It opens up like a living organism to let my hearing wander across it. A magnetic relation quickly occurs and all the sounds that constitute this great noise draw me towards the East. I accept this direction. Later, much later, I reach a distant point on the horizon which pulls me towards it."-Recollections GRM

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