An exquisite corpse (four pieces resulting from a process of musical exchange between Jean-Philippe Gross and Jérôme Noetinger).
There is a great tradition of exchange and correspondence work in experimental music. In the 80's, there were a lot of cassettes with musicians who had never met each other but were exchanging sounds by post mail. Nowadays it's even simpler and more obvious.
The imposed period of confinement—in France between March 17 and May 11, and between October 30 and December 15, 2020—was ideal for restarting such projects.
Jean-Philippe Gross and Jérôme Noetinger have had the opportunity to play several times as a duo since 2009. They decided to start this new email collaboration based on the idea of the exquisite corpse. One musician created a first sequence and sent only the last 10 seconds to the next one who then mixed or pasted his sequence into it, and so on.
The first two "Cadavre" were published by Cafe Oto in-house label Takuroku in July 2020.
Excited by this new way of working, Jean-Philippe Gross and Jérôme Noetinger decided to go deeper into it. Each of the fourth "Cadavre" that you will find on this CD was realised in one day only, each musician having only 30 minutes to build his answer. The final result was only slightly modified in terms of volume.
The rawness of the process itself creates music that would otherwise be impossible to make. It's as beautiful as it is strange, improbable and unexpected, absurd and playful, and it is not easy to guess who does what.
Jean-Philippe Gross: Serge modular system, mixer feedback, field recordings, treatments, radio.
Jérôme Noetinger: Revox tape recorder, cassettes, CDJ, field recordings, treatments, radio.
Jean-Philippe Gross (born 1979, lives and works in Metz, France) is a French composer and improviser, founder of Eich records
, and Fragment.
Originally a drummer, he has played in the field of electronics, experimental and improved music since 2001. He plays with Stéphane Garin
(Dénombrement), Jean-Luc Guionnet
(Angle), Jérôme Noetinger
, Axel Dörner
, Clare Cooper (Nevers), John Hegre, eRikm
, Lionel Marchetti
. He has composed music for theater, dance and performances as well as for contemporary ensembles.
Jérôme Noetinger (born in 1966 in Marseille) is a composer and improviser of electroacoustic music
, founder of the label and distribution platform Metamkine (which he ran from 1987 to 2018), member of the editorial board of the magazine Revue & Corrigée
(from 1989 to 2014). A long-time collaborator of Lionel Marchetti
and Mathieu Werchowski, he has performed with Nachtluft, Voice Crack, Tom Cora, Michel Doneda
, Lê Quan Ninh, Martine Altenburger, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Pichelin, Jean Pallandre, Dominique Répécaud, Peter Hollinger, Keith Rowe, MIMEO, Giuseppe Ielasi
See also Thymolphthalein
(Natasha Anderson, Will Guthrie, Jérôme Noetinger, Anthony Pateras & Clayton Thomas).