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Ferrari, Luc: Ephemere I & II (Alga Marghen)

Unpublished work by the late electronic composer Ferrari, two pieces for tape and various instruments that incorporate improvisation; mysterious and sonically beautiful compositions.

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First press limited to 500 copies in tri-folded digipack sleeve.

Label: Alga Marghen
Catalog ID: ALGA 081CD
Squidco Product Code: 13167

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Ephemere I recorded November 1974. Ephemere II recorded November 1975.


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Gerard Geay

Bruno d'Auzon

Jose Ramon Encinar

Jacques Raynaut-pian

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Gerard Garcin-flutes

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"Presented here for the first time, 'Ephemere I & II' (for tape, or to be played with various instruments) are two previously unpublished masterpieces which represent for several reasons a very specific moment in the creative life and catalogue of Luc Ferrari. Even if Luc Ferrari's perfect skill in creating some of the most beautiful sonic works ever is now well known to the large audience appreciating his music, the undetermined character marking the two works presented here is quite surprising. Luc Ferrari was tempted in the mid-1970s by the idea of leaving the final realization of these pieces open to the performer's intervention (a perspective he decided not to develop in future researches).

'Exercises d'Improvisation', a score conceived in 1977 and unreleased for almost 35 years (first recorded this year by the GOL collective with Brunhild Meyer-Ferrari for an LP to be issued on PLANAM), directly comes from the two works presented here.

'Ephemere I' (or 'L'ordinateur ̤a sert quoin?' i.e. 'What's the use of computers') is a 27 minute piece for tape only, created in 1974, conceived as a kind of electronic drone superimposed by fragments of multi-language whispered voices that creates the thrilling effect of a 'sea-like' continuum.

'Ephemere II' (or 'Lyon 75' after the only recorded realization) is a 51 minute tape piece with guitar improvisation. The electronic repetitive structure reminds some of the most radical works of American composer Terry Riley, while the guitar sounds, first resulting as live manipulated pointillistic impulses, develop into a blues sonority superimposing the tape drone and creating a heavy psychedelic atmosphere of the most sublime kind. The end of this long suite lead us back into more abstract and live-electronic sonorities. This very intense work can be placed in a context between scored music and totally improvised music.

Please note: these 2 previously unpublished pieces revealing a hidden part of Luc Ferrari poetics are not included in the INA 10CD boxset. Only available on this CD edition."-Alga Marghen

First press limited to 500 copies in tri-folded digipack sleeve.

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Track Listing:

1. Éphémère I 27:03

2. Éphémère II 51:35

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