ANTIPODES is the thirty-fourth record by Frédéric Acquaviva, who follows his transgender and super experimental exploration of the frontier between music
and sound art
, as well as of the materiality of the record itself (this time with a QR-code serigraphed on PVC sleeve of which its vinyl remains absent).
Divided into three parts dedicated to the three zones of a possibly divine, although very contemporary comedy (Hell / Purgatory / Paradise
), ANTIPODES is Frédéric Acquaviva's third opera, afterAatie
, 2011 and The Hot Opera
, 2015, partly composed in a residency at the legendary EMS studios in Stockholm, with extra recordings in Berlin and London. After his collaborations with writers such as Pierre Guyotat (Coma
, 1996), F.J. Ossang (K. Requiem
, 1999) or Jean-Luc Parant
, 2007), Acquaviva integrates and desintegrates in his sound universe, the words and voice of the extraordinary artist, poet and performer Joël Hubaut
, mixed to the one of an unexpected speakerine (the artist Dorothy Iannone
) and of the british mezzo-soprano of exception, Loré Lixenberg
, with whom Acquaviva shapes a unique collaboration since ten years (Aatie
, 2011 / Loré Ipsum
, 2012 / Kiss Music
, 2015 / MESS
, 2017 / The 120 Days of Musica
, 2017 / £pØ@n®diØ$n
Limited edition of 100 copies.
Frédéric Acquaviva, born in 1967, has been since 1990 a sound artist
and experimental music
composer, creating chronopolyphonic installations and CDs and playing in art galleries, in museums or in underground venues.
Staying away from traditional networks of musicians and composers, he meets and works with historical figures in art, poetry or video, sometimes a long time before their being discovered by the media. He has collaborated this way with Isidore Isou
, Maurice Lemaître, Marcel Hanoun, Pierre Guyotat, Jean-Luc Parant
, mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg
, film maker F.J. Ossang and choreographer Maria Faustino, among others.
His astonishing music, in which he chooses an experimental presentation using, is constantly exploring, always in new ways, the relationship between voice and language, sound and its meaning, even the idea of physical body sounds integrated into the musical composition, kept away from the concert hall's diffusions (acousmatic or sound installations). As the critic Eric Vautrin remarked in Mouvement
magazine, his work is not a “sound work but a work about sound”.
Acquaviva has become not only one of the essential protagonists of the rediscovery of historical avant-garde, more precisely of Lettrism (Isidore Isou
, Gabriel Pomerand, Maurice Lemaître, Gil J Wolman, Jean-Louis Brau, Jacques Spacagna, François Dufrêne
, Roland Sabatier, Alain Satié, Broutin
), but of Sound Poetry
, Bernard Heidsieck
), and has worked with some unique and outstanding historical figures (Pierre Albert-Birot, Otto Muehl
). He has done this through his knowledge of and interest in different disciplines: editing books, curating art exhibitions, being an events creator, lecturing, establishing catalogue raisonnés and bibliographic databases, creating radiophonic works, being an art critic, a filmmaker, and a publisher, with Editions Derrière la Salle de Bains or for his own editions: AcquAvivA
, and the magazine CRU