Guy Debord (1931-1994)



Enregistrements Magnétiques (1952-1961)

    Part 1 (7'06)
    Part 2 (10'42)
    Part 3 (37'21)


  1. Les Environs De Fresnes (1952-1953), 24:40
    Se présente comme la « participation de Guy-Ernest Debord à une nouvelle culture radiophonique ». Voice – Serge Berna; Voice – Guy Debord

  2. Histoire De L'Internationale Lettriste (1956), 45:52
    « retrace l’aventure des lettristes internationaux depuis la projection, en 1952, du film de Gil J Wolman L’anti-concept, interdit par la censure ». Voice – Abdelhafid Khatib, Asger Jorn, Gil J Wolman*, Jacques Fillon, Michèle Bernstein; Voice – Guy Debord

  3. Le Surréalisme Est-Il Mort Ou Vivant ? (1958), 7:06
    Voice – Abdelhafid Khatib, Asger Jorn, Gil J Wolman*, Jacques Fillon, Michèle Bernstein; Voice – Guy Debord

  4. Message De L'Internationale Situationniste (1959), 7:06
    « enregistré à trois voix, faisait partie des conférences permanentes qui devaient être diffusées dans le cadre de l’aménagement d’un labyrinthe au Stedelijk Museum d’Amsterdam ». Voice – Claude Frère, Serge Korber; Voice – Guy Debord

  5. Perspectives De Modifications Conscientes Dans La Vie Quotidienne (1961), 37:21
    Voice – Claude Frère, Serge Korber; Voice – Guy Debord


    Cette dernière conférence a incontestablement gardé toute son actualité. Prévue pour le 3 mai 1961, elle fut diffusée par magnétophone le 17 mai, lors d’une réunion du Groupe de recherche sur la vie quotidienne qu’animait le philosophe Henri Lefebvre. Guy Debord y « appelle en conclusion à "la transformation révolutionnaire de la vie quotidienne, qui n’est pas réservée à un vague avenir mais placée immédiatement devant nous par le développement du capitalisme et ses insupportables exigences [...]" » (extraits de l’Introduction de J.-L. Rançon)

    Ces cinq enregistrements réalisés par Guy Debord couvrent une période de neuf ans qui s’étend des prémices de l’Internationale Lettriste (1952-1957) à la fin de la première époque de l’Internationale Situationniste (1957-1961), époque de la recherche d’un terrain artistique véritablement nouveau à partir de la réunification de la création culturelle d’avant-garde et de la critique révolutionnaire de la société.

    Ces documents sonores nous font entendre la voix singulière de Guy Debord et, s’il a pu dire plus tard que rien d’important ne s’est communiqué en ménageant un public, en 1953 il constatait : « Bien sûr, les auditeurs n’existent pas, c’est une illusion collective, comme Dieu quand il était à la mode. »


Various Tracks

  1. Sans Debord "Le manque d'un avenir nécessaire"

    24/11/2004
    Enregistrement 1957
    mix Irvic D'Olivier
    Actualité : 10 ans après, Guy Debord est toujours mort.

    Fondateur de l'Internationale Situationniste, auteur de 'La société du spectacle', principal inspirateur de Mai-68, Guy Debord s'est tué le 30 novembre 1994. ARTE Radio lui rend hommage avec une archive rare : pour une conférence sur le surréalisme, Debord avait enregistré son intervention sur un magnétophone qu'il avait laissé parler à sa place. Chaque mercredi, l'actualité en collage sonore.

  2. Excerpt from soundtrack to Critique de la separation (Dansk-Fransk Experimentalfilmskompagni, 1961)

  3. Excerpt From "Soundtrack To Hurlements En Faveur De Sade"

    Tracks 2 and 3 from the Lipstick Traces compliation.


SITUATIONISTEN, DOUBLE-7"

  1. A
  2. B1
  3. B2
  4. C
  5. D1
  6. D2


Tracks 1-6:

SITUATIONISTEN
DOUBLE-7"

BOOTLEG

NO LABELS, NO ARTWORK

PERSONELL: GUY DEBORD + ?

DATE: ???

SCRATCHINGS:

A) FSK 007 A.45
B) FSK 007 B.45
C) FSK 007 + VIDEOCONFERENCE C.45
D) FSK 007 D.33



A DISCLAIMER ABOUT SITUATIONISTEN

One of UbuWeb's viewers, an astute Debord scholar who would rather remain anonymous disputes the authenticity of SITUATIONISTEN. We are enclosing his comments. We'll leave the MP3s up and leave it to you to decide for yourself:

"As for the Situationisten double LP, I have to say, I'm pretty sceptical that Debord had anything to do with any of this. It sounds more like the Lettrists, or possibly the Danish/German breakaway faction of the Situationists, but more likely the lettrists because the accents seem to be French. I don't recognize any voice which sounds like Debord's voice, which is pretty distinctive. All of this is to say, it's not impossible, because the world is full of wierd surprises, but my gut reaction is that this is either a bad gag or some repackaged Lettrists recordings and someone has called them "Situationist" for their own purposes, or because they lump the two together and don't know any better. By the time the Situs had formed, I think Debord had totally abandoned working in this mode and I have never seen any evidence that he worked in this mode even when he was part of the Lettrists or the Lettrist International. It's more characteristic of the early work of Gil Wollman and others.

I don't get any links from the FSK things so I'm not sure what they are. I can't hear them and don't know about them. I thought they were some kind of notations for the "Situationisten" lp. If so, then my comments above would apply.

I don't have the Greil Marcus cd, but he seems to have known Debord or at least had some access, so I don't think he'd put stuff out that was too questionable. However, the Hurlements track reads like a bad joke: since actually a 35mm print with optical sound would have lots of clicks and pops however silent. At best, it is a conceptual recreation of Part of the Track of Hurlements. Hurlements, as you probably know, did have plenty of voices as well as a preponderance of silence. Or perhaps the clicks and pops were cut out by whoever mastered the cd, or by whoever created the mp3s.

Critique of separation is possibly authentic, though its source is questionable. For the most part Debord worked with voice over and music separated. Having the music in the background and the short length of the sample suggests to me it may have come from a French Radio show about Debord and the situationists that was produced several years ago. It has copious extracts from the sound tracks of Debord's films and it's sometimes hard to tell where their transitions are superimposed on the original material. The voice however is unmistakeably Debord's, whereever it comes from.

A second follow-up: A friend who saw a screening of Hurlements last year in France reports to me that during the "silent" parts of the film, there were "creaking sounds" and "strange glitches." So, my guess would be that the bit of track on the cd is a hypothetical reconstruction of the "silent" part of the track rather than an actual "quotation" of the track. Silent passages in analog sound films are never effectively "silent" the way a digital track can be and Hurlements almost certainly had a 35mm optical sound track. Other possibilities are extremely remote."

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