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LIONEL MARCHETTI
Red Dust

Crou029
Crouton Records 2006
20 Tracks. 57mins27secs

Founded in 1998 by Jon Mueller and Chris Rosenau, Crouton Records has carved a niche for itself releasing experimental music, assembled in gorgeous, unique hand crafted packaging and generally pressed in very limited editions. This release is no different. Housed inside a small matte red box and wrapped in a fine mulberry paper, this 3 x 3” CD box set is limited to 300. Lionel Marchetti is a big player in the world of music concrète. He has composed as part of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris since 1993, one of his favourite subjects being improvisation using microphones and loudspeakers.

Marchetti is hugely influenced by the father of music concrète Pierre Schaffer – hence the numerous references to Schaffer in the liner notes. The liner notes are indeed an interesting feature of this release. Each disc comes with an accompanying card listing the track titles, the musicians responsible for each piece, and the names of musicians or artists from whom Marchetti has borrowed samples or ideas. Included in the collection are Schaeffer, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Chopin, Fritz Lang and more surprisingly, This Heat, The Residents, and Pan Sonic. From this rich stew of influences comes a tightly packed composition which reveals itself slowly over numerous listens.

Ringing telephones and half-heard voices rising to shrieks introduce the action on CD1 (Livre Maudit). This intense one-minute long prelude masked by the crackle of distressed tape is a fleeting episode, seemingly without reason or resolution. James Joyce developed the notion of the “epiphany”, those “little errors and gestures - mere straws in the wind”, which could reveal an essential truth in one mere stolen moment. Much of this emphasis on found moments, and sounds runs through music concrète – it is no surprise then that this device is used throughout the various episodes of Red Dust.

Livre Maudit
is littered with found sounds, like the train sounds of Serie Militaire and the fairground noises of La Visit Des Morts. Most poignantly, Pont De Cire features snatches of recordings of Marie Dubas a cabaret singer who learned her trade in the clubs of 1920s Montmartre. Hers is a story full of melancholy – a melancholy which haunts all three CDs. Persecuted as a Jew during the war by the Vichy government, Dubas was placed under house arrest, and eventually fled to Switzerland. After the war she discovered that her sister had been executed and her nephew had died in a concentration camp. Her singing mixed with Higashi’s menacing laughter and an irresolute mixture of concrète sounds makes for an extreme and surreal contrast.

The majority of CD 2 (Livre Magnétique) is taken over by Visiones Nocturnae which features a phone conversation between a robotic interviewer asking a similarly dehumanised Marchetti why he composes music concrète. This Brechtian interruption is playful of course. “Do you like my music?” Marchetti questions the questioner. “Are you sure?…Are you really sure?” This type of question is very rarely posed in relation to music concrète – subjective enjoyment is rarely a major concern. To “appreciate” is one thing. To “like” is quite another.

On the final CD, (Livre d’EOS), Marchetti finally opens up with two more sustained bursts of activity. In Penombra, Marchetti creates a gloriously sparse soundscape, which eventually gives way to strangely melodic guitar playing and mellifluous singing. The sense created is one of dream-like longing. If this is something of a surprise, the collection’s closing track L’incendie is almost spiritual. Beautiful vocals accompanying a tolling bell are suggestive at times of the work of John Taverner, creating a sense of calm with which to end the action.

Stuart Aitken

3.5/5

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TRACKLIST

Première Partie: Prélude (Étude Dite Du Maudit)
Première Partie: La Visite Des Morts (Étude Chantante)
Première Partie: Rotorelief 1 (L'Oreille Doit Descendre)
Première Partie:Pont De Cire (Esprit Des Vapeurs)
Première Partie: Rotorelief 2
Première Partie: Je Suis Vaporeux
Première Partie:Troisième Rotorelief
Deuxième Partie: Série Militaire
Troisième Partie: Final (Étude Idolâtre)
Troisième Partie: Porte De La Mort

Première Partie: 1000 Hz
Première Partie: Saturne
Première Partie: Visiones Nocturnae
Première Partie: Porte De La Mort
Décompte

Première Partie: Porte De La Mort 2
Deuxième Partie: Final (Chant Magnétique)
Penombra
Porte De La Mort
L'Incendie

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