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Artist: SCHWARZ, JEAN
Title: Erda/Suite N
Format: LP
Label: Recollection GRM
Country: Austria
Price: $23.00
“Erda (1972): "This piece illustrates my early research carried out in a professional composition studio. After studying every available tools and creating variably hybrid connections between them, I chose to compose several short sequences, each being the expression of a research based on a sonic manipulation and exploring a well defined sound hue. Besides, my background as a percussionist and a jazzman encouraged me to conduct a rhythmical study in each of these sequences. . . . The slightly raucous and acid texture of the “square” sounds, that can be heard in several movements, is a reminder of saxophone and muted brass sonorities, as used in contemporary jazz." The seven movements include "an evocation of the realm of insects," "stereotypical bird songs produced by the generators of the studio 54," "a tribute to the Goddess of Wisdom and the Earth in Wagners Das Rheingold and Siegfried," "rhythmical drumming figures such as those Kenny Clarke (aka Klook) used to teach me," and "a tribute to John Coltrane," among others.
Suite N (1982): "Commissioned by the Direction de la Musique and the Ina GRM. Composed in the Ina GRMs numerical composition studio with the assistance of Benedict Maillard and Yann Geslin. In a composition studio, musical research is never very far removed from madness. The first step is the initial work on the sound picked up by the microphone and the varieties of delirium that result from it: exaggerated amplification, inversion, transformation. Synthesizers and their crazy possibilities com next. The third step is the computer, one of the purest products of logic. . . . My intention in “Suite N” was, on the one hand, to use solely sounds produced by the computer either by direct synthesis (MUSIC V) or by sound treatment, and, on the other hand, to work with a definite form." - Recollection GRM.
"Jean Schwarz is an idiosyncratic figure in the world of electroacoustic music. With a dual background in jazz and ethnomusicology, he has crossed times and genres with an unwavering singularity, infusing improvisation, ballets or cinema with the art of acousmatics. “Erda” or “Suite N,” each in their own way, demonstrate Schwarzs unique propensity for exploring sound, its cross-fertilisations and its evocative power." - François Bonnet, Paris, 2015.

Artist: SCHWARZ, JEAN
Title: Year of the Horse and other electroacoustic works 1974-1986
Format: Double CD
Label: Robot
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
"Jean Schwarz joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in 1969. In the same year, he also worked as an engineer and researcher at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in the ethnomusicology department of the Musée de lHomme in Paris. He founded Celia Records in 1980 releasing a vast catalog of his own works as well as collaborations. Schwarz favors electronic sounds - the raw material from which he creates large architectural forms and vigorous sonic structures and takes inspiration from non-European and indigenous musical forms. Involving live instruments, he often combines a prerecorded tape with brilliant improvisations by jazz musicians. His compositions include works for concert performance (some purely acousmatic, others employing live instruments), for cinema (music for Jean-Luc Godard, Serge Moati, Michel Deville, Michel Léviant and Alain Resnais amongst others), dance (for the choreographers Carolyn Carlson, Dominique and Françoise Dupuy and Serge Campardon) and equestrian theatre for the French horse trainer Bartabas. This 2CD collection contains selections from six compositions focusing on Schwarzs theatre and multimedia work. "Year of the Horse" (1978), "Still Waters" (1986) and "Undici Onde" (1978) contain pieces for choreographer and dancer Carolyn Carlson. With performances premiering at lOpera de Paris, Teatre de Ville (Paris), and La Fenice in Venice, these scores give an in-depth insight into Schwarz and Carlsons collaborative process. Some scenes incorporate rhythmic or cyclical elements, field recordings, electronics, and others detail purely acoustic resonance. Each musical section relates closely with Carlsons expansive visual poetry. "LEnfance De Vladimir Kobalt" (1979) was written for set designer and playwright Petrika Ionecso and "Maison Rouge" (1980) for director Pierre Sala. Both works evoke a wonderfully filmic structure, while integrating key themes across each scenic palette. The earliest work in the set is "Fotoband" (1974), a 21-minute composition to specifically accompany a 76-meter visual installation piece by German artist Ekkehart Raumstrausch. During the exhibition, loudspeakers were placed every 15 yards to allow the music to be heard while moving horizontally along the painting. All compositions were originally issued as small edition LPs on Schwarzs own Celia Records, except "Undici Onde" and "Fotoband" which are previously unpublished and available here for the first time. Presented with fully remastered audio. Includes a 12-page booklet of photos, visuals and detailed notes by the composer. Year of the Horse and other electroacoustic works 1974-1986 collects nearly two-and-a-half hours of highly evocative surroundings from this early visionary of electroacoustic composition." - Robot.

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