Luc Ferrari (1929-2005)
Tracks 1-7 from History of Electronic / Electroacoustic Music (1937-2001)
Track 8 from Electronic Panorama: Paris, Tokyo, Utrecht, Warszawa (1970)
Presque Rien No. 1 (Le Lever Du Jour Au Bord De La Mer), 1967-70
Presque Rien No. 1 (Le Lever Du Jour Au Bord De La Mer)
Producer [Realized By], Mixed By - Luc Ferrari
Presque Rien ou le lever du Jour au Bord de la Mer - almost nothing or daybreak at the sea -. This piece illustrates or rather suggests unconsciously a minimalist process, about which one will speak much in the following years.
Indeed, Presque Rien ou le lever du Jour au Bord de la Mer, from between 1967 and 1970, is a composition which materializes the break with the practices of the classical electro acoustics. Still more directly than what was called after Hétérozygote, anecdotic music, he requires for himself clearly the continuous sequence and the fixed sound image - like a slide - offering a slice of real as a work method and as means to escape from the habits. " « At the beginning the concept Presque Rien does not have anything to do with the music. One must carry oneself back into the time; in the sixties one said: noises on a side, music on the other one. » " Ferrari did not get involved in this play. He was concerned with making something coming from a deep desire without worrying whether this something fits into a category. The concept in his opinion cannot be defined as genre, as aesthetics or as technology, but only as idea. That means that the concept at the beginning cannot be seized physically, but rather as a general impression, which one lends to a body. This concept consists of: only one place - only one time - a certain acoustics - components, which he continues to develop from one Presque Rien to the other.
France Culture Tributes and Documentaries
Luc Ferrari Interview (April 11, 1973)
Host of KPFA-FM's Ode to Gravity series Charles Amirkhanian, interviewed French composer Luc Ferrari at his home in Paris in June of 1972. The night before the interview, Ferrari had a world premiere performance of his "Monologos I" at the Opera Comique. Ferrari discusses his compositional practices and experiments in voice and tape delay that developed into Monologos I. The two also talk about Ferrari's activities since 1970 which included the writing of his book "Les réalisable et le journal d'un autobiographe", a work of text compositions and part autobiography; and creating the first sonic chapter of his "ecological" series in observation, "Allô ici la terre". The interview also takes a philosophical turn as Ferrari describes the non-existence of "truth" or any correct "system", political or otherwise, and how we must devise many different ways of going about the act of living.
Musical selections during the program include:
Monologos I [live recording]
Performers: Luc Ferrari, electronics; Elise Ross, voice
Presque Rien, 1
Luc Ferrari in UbuWeb Film
Luc Ferrari soundtracks to the films of Pitor Kamler
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