An 'action musicale' crafted from materials gathered over six years by the Swiss composer and his team of sound engineers, acousticians and musicians â€” members of the Groupe d'Ã‰tude et RÃ©alisation Musicale (GERM) he had founded in 1966 â€” in villages and towns scattered across France, starting in 1982.
The radiophonic voice of Ana de Carvalho poetically announces each scene: a vegetable market, interviews with villagers about their surroundings, braying animals, the hubbub of a train station. The intention is to enable 'the possibility to ignore the sources to only listen to what the sound, in itself, is able to say, what is characteristic to its rapport with music.' Various instrumentalists respond to these different sound-worlds.
Originally issued privately in 1987 in a run of 300, this limited edition is a terrific debut release by Mana, handsomely gatefold-sleeved, with a sixteen-page, risograph, A5 booklet, including a new text by MariÃ©tan, and photos.1 Children's Concert On The Barge, Day Time:Approach, Depart:Market With Saxophones
, 2 Trains & Garden:Gardens & Trains:The Etaux Carillon. Bells & Saxophone:Near & Far
, 3 Octave With Trains:The Train Station's Carillon, Cergy-Pontoise:Excerpts From The Rose. Approach. Parts 1 To 12. March
, 4 Horses. Echo:Morning. Noon. Evening:A Barge At Night. Listen