Jean Genet

Jean Genet "Le condamné a mort" (1952)


fantastic multimedia homage to one of jean genet's most influential poems, read by the french-algerian actor/musician mouloudji (in... french, natch), with music by one of the most criminally underdocumented composers to come out the group recherche musicale (as in the 'grm' in ina-grm), andre almuro, the founder of the "mouvement sentationniste", collaborator to kunst-stars like breton, cocteau, casares, clementi, etc...

while mouloudji's impassioned yammering doesn't get treated nearly as often as casual logic would dictate, almuro's murk-infested tape constructs make us barely aware that anything in the sybillant range is even firing (and with some careful eq'ing... voila).

apparently the score was originally titled "lettre de jean genet a andré almuro, four l'emission 'lenfance du crime' (radiodiffusion française - 1952)". did i mention this was executed in 1952? nineteen-freaking-fifty-two? continuous ululation(s) or not, this is a necessary piece in the early french electro-acoustic puzzle (only pierre schaeffer's "cinq etudes bruit" and some early pierre henry pieces predate it).

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