A suite of musique concrète composed in the personnal studios of the composers from 2013 to 2015.
In 1998, the Cultural Centre André Malraux of Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy commissioned Michel Chion, Lionel Marchetti and Jérôme Noetinger to collaborate on a work of musique concrete. "Les 120 jours" was the result — a fresco for which the composers exchanged a mass of sounds from multiple origins, that each had worked, transformed and recomposed in their own style.
For this new commission, the work was realised in two stages. Firstly, during several recording sessions at the CFMI of Lyon (Université Lumière Lyon 2), the three musicians improvised to create some raw materials and sequences. From this large reservoir of sounds, they composed six pieces of musique concrète : one each independently, and three organised according to set rules of chance as chosen by the trio to create a series of sonic events.
The overall structure of "Filarium" is to be appreciated as a vivarium where just as many sound beings of different species cohabit—originating from varying lineages and junctions at porous borders, real, or imagined—as material and open poetics, antagonists, dissidents even, nevertheless connected here by a deliberate strangeness.
Former member of the GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales), writer, theorist, director, teacher, Michel Chion (born in 1947) is considered as one of the most original composers in the field of concrete music, continuing with his own style and universe in the tradition of Pierre Schaeffer
and Pierre Henry
, but also referring to cinema, romantic music... Indifferent to technical fashions, faithful to the microphone and the tape recorder, he created a diverse and very contrasted work incuding religious pieces, "melodramas", collections... He is also an active and militant defender of the genre.
Jérôme Noetinger (born 1966 in Marseille) is a composer, improviser and sound artist who works with electroacoustic devices such as the ReVox B77 reel-to-reel tape recorder, analogue synthesizers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household/everyday objects and home-made electronica.
In his long career as a sound experimenter, he has collaborated and performed with many artists, including Sophie Agnel
, Angelica Castello, Antoine Chessex, Tom Cora, Michel Doneda
, Giuseppe Ielasi
, Lê Quan Ninh
, Lionel Marchetti
, MIMEO, Anthony Pateras
, Anne-Laure Pigache, Aude Romary
, Keith Rowe, Mathieu Werchowski
as well as ensembles such as Cellule d'Intervention Metamkine, Le Un, Hrundi Bakshi, Les Sirènes and Proton.
From 1987 to 2018, Jérôme Noetinger was the director of Metamkine, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music. Until 2014, he regularly contributed to Revue & Corrigée
, a quarterly journal of contemporary sound, poetry and performance, which he had co-founded in 1989. He was also a member and programming co-ordinator of exhibitions, gigs, and experimental cinema at le 102 rue d'Alembert, Grenoble from 1989-1999.
See also Thymolphthalein
(Natasha Anderson, Will Guthrie, Jérôme Noetinger, Anthony Pateras & Clayton Thomas).
Lionel Marchetti (born 1967 in Marseille) is a French composer of concrete music
and improviser (electronics, various analogic systems with modified speakers, REVOX reel-to-reel recorder…) as well as a visual-sound artist, a writer and a poet. Whether his music is composed or improvised the body has an important role.
Lionel Marchetti also writes poetry and essays on the art of musique concrète, as a practicing artist of the genre.