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Boghossian, Herve : F.E.R. (for Eliane Radigue) (Confront)

French composer Herve Boghossian pays hommage to electronic composer Eliane Radigue while asserting his own approach to continuous electronic sound in textures and pulsations, using a laptop recording feedback, plus harmonicas, drums, brooms, tuner and voice.

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: ccs 58
Squidco Product Code: 21927

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve Sealed
Recorded at GMEM concert room, Marseille, France, on October 10th 2014.


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"Hervé Boghossian is a guitarist and electronic musician. He was born in marseille (france) in 1973 where he lives again today.

Boghossian began to work solo with his guitar & computer in late 2000. In September 2001, he released a cd-r audio-video called "i@s" that was his first electronic composition and was created together with German video director Thomas Einfeldt. It was also #0 of his own music label "list", which soon released albums from sogar, mou, lips!, the günter müller & steinbrüchel duo as well as Hervé Boghossian's record "rvb". The label also released 2 compilations with exclusive tracks from international artists like Taylor Deupree, Richard Chartier, Alan Licht, Charles Curtis, Otomo Yoshihide, Werner Dafeldecker & Martin Siewert, Mitchell Akiyama, Colleen...

Soon after the release of "rvb", Hervé Boghossian began to work on his album "mouvements" that was based on guitar sounds processed by the computer. The album was released on raster-noton in june 2004.

In late 2004, he created the trio project "plateformes" with matthieu saladin (amplified bass clarinet), stéphane rives (soprano saxophone) and Boghossian himself on the guitar. The album was released in march 2006 by the canadian label 1.8(sec)records. At the same time, he started to work on the composition series project "archi.Texture". The first volume featured john tilbury (amm) on the piano & mark wastell on the cello, whereas Boghossian was in charge of the composition & computer process. The album was released in august 2006 on the brand new english label cathnor. 2 more volumes were to follow, featuring contributions from Burkhard Beins, Stéphane Rives, Bertrand Denzler..."

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1. F.E.R. (For Eliane Radigue) 42:26

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"Since 2002 and the edition of the trilogy piece "Adnos", on the American label Table Of The Elements, the music of Eliane Radigue did not stop influencing my own approach of electronic composer and composition in general. Already familiarised in the shape of the drone through the discovery, two years earlier, of La Monte Young, by the meeting of the cellist Charles Curtis (Interpret dedicatee of him as well as E.Radigue). The work on the continuous sound, the long lastings, the slowness, the textures, the pulsations, the exploitation of the extremities of the sound spectrum, the feedback as the source (she began the composition with piece for feedback of magnetic tapes on tape recorders lent by Pierre Henry, from who she was musical assistant).

My intention with this piece is certainly to restore certain spirit belonging to her but through the prism of my listening, my own device, my own rules of composition / recording. So, this piece represents all which moves closer to us, just as much as what separates us.

Her device : mainly a synthesizer ARP on 2500 or tape recorders on her side); laptop (with internal laptop microphone in feedback as source of the sound) + mixing desk, harmonicas, drums brooms, tuner and voice on mine.

The process of composition / recording: meticulous editing of multiple magnetic tapes for her, via the real time performances, the composition is built in the course of multiple rehearsals, listening, regulations, notations, without cut, nor later collage to the live version as for me.

This piece aims at making known this music type and the music of Eliane Radigue in particular, forsaken free woman in men's environment which did not hesitate to go against the codes of the concrete music of Pierre Schaeffer (to whom she was close) to make her own music."-Herve Boghossian

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