The cycle « Sonorhc » is finally complete on Fractal Records with the 5 albums available on 3 CDs. « K’an » and « Musiques de Table » are very different musically : a « serious » dark ambient works for the first one, and a kind of a nice joke for the other, but they both join together perfectly around this contemporary music instrument invented in 1952 by François and Bernard Baschet : the Cristal Baschet which can be regarded as the main key point of this edition.
This fifth album « K’an » is a dive into the seabed and the term means « Unfathomable » which came from the Chinese « The Book of Changes ». So, the space shuttle now became a submarine, and the Captain JF Gaël have changed on more time the musicians crew : with the saxophonist Nano Peylet (Arcane V), the American guitarist Jack Treese, the singer Francesca Solleville etc… The music here is more experimental and also more lyrical than the previous albums but this one features some special instruments like the Cristal Baschet (see « Les Structures Sonores Lasry Baschet », a 50’s French avant-garde outfit, ahead of their time like the Americans Harry Partch, Moondog, Conlon Nancarrow or the Swiss artist Jean Tinguely) and the Fonics (« new forms of strings instruments ») created by Jean Weinfeld. At last, please see above the review published in Improjazz magazine (in French).
« Musiques de Table » has been published in 1985 by Le Chant du Monde for the collection «Sonoriage» (the two other titles was by Renaud Gagneux and by Alain Savouret). It’s in fact an amazing funny concept single which was an order from Bernard Baschet to his friend Jean-François Gaël, made by short compositions using the dishes (glasses, bottles, metal salad bowl, casserole, egg cups, spoons, forks and knives !) as instruments on the first side and with the Cristal Baschet (played by Michel Deneuve) on the other side. The single came with one insert (reprint here on the cd booklet) which showed a funny score and some illustrations about how to use the dishes for making sound (more fun!). The final result of all these tracks is outstanding. It’s absolutely unique and it’s a must. « Musique de Table » is a real gem impossible to find today «for collectors» reissued for the first time after more than thirty years !