Label: Robot Records
Archives Génétiquement Modifiées (2000). Société II (1967). Robot Records is honored and pleased to present two historic compositions for the first time on CD by the late, great Luc Ferrari. The programme opens with Archives Génétiquement Modifiées (Genetically Modified Archives), a work for memorized sounds from 2000. This composition (subtitled: Exploitation of the Concepts 3) was the third in a series of later pieces in which Mr.Ferrari revisited aspects of his early concepts and compositional strategies to create wholly new works. The result here is a very bizarre, sensual, and beautifully-paced electroacoustic work of aural memories and (re)collections created by Mr. Ferrari utilizing sounds from his vast archive of musical activities. After a short intermission, the programme continues with a true highlight of Mr.Ferrari's early instrumental work entitled Société 2 from 1968. Subtitled And if the piano were a body of a woman (for 4 soloists and 16 instruments), this composition appeared opposite Presque Rien on the legendary Deutsche Grammophon LP. Société 2 may be viewed as an erotically charged piece of musical theatre where the soloists compete for the attention of a woman (the piano). This concerto with its gestures and a fantastic kaleidoscope of styles and color shows the extravagant qualities of the piano in its harmony, imagination, and brutality. Packaged in a full color digipak with 20 page bilingual booklet featuring Mr. Ferrari's early artwork, notations, and programme notes along with an extensive commentary by Jim O'Rourke and Jay Sanders. Remastered sound with audio restoration by fellow INA GRM alumnus Jean Schwarz. A wonderful glimpse into the world of one of the most legendary, unique, and inspiring musical figures of the 20th Century.