Saturday, 16th December 2006: Uli Aum?ºller & Theo Gallehr @ SicKL
::Film Screening : Uli Aum?ºller & Theo Gallehr::
Saturday, 16 December 2006 at 8.00 pm
10:00pm admission by donation
studio in cheras kl No75, Tingkat 3, Amber Business Plaza,
Jalan Jelawat 1, Cheras 56100
You can take Star LRT, Sri Petaling line, stop at Cheras Station.
SiCKL is right next to the Star LRT- Cheras Station. Only a 2 minute walk.
For those of you who are acoustically and visually curious about the working methods, creative processes and philosophies in the creation of musique concrete composition and improvisation, you are welcome to join us for an evening of educational screenings – Cinema for the Ears and Azioni – details following this paragraph.
My Cinema for the Ears The musique concr?®te of Francis Dhomont and Paul Lansky A Film by Uli Aum?ºller, 59
“The work of the Franco-Canadian composer Francis Dhomont, pupil of Pierre Schaeffer, the legendary founder of musique concr?®te, is at the centre of this staged documentary movie. The film is about how to make music with sounds, microphone, tape and computer. Dhomont was commissioned to compose a new, another ‚ÄúSpring‚Äù for this film, based on the poem by Antonio Vivaldi from his composition “The Four Seasons: Spring” using the sounds mentioned by Vivaldi, bird song for example, the splashing of a stream, the murmur of the wind, rolling thunder or a dog barking.”
“Dhomont records these sounds (on location in Canada) in sequences which sometimes quote Jacques Tati and reprocesses them in his studio, altering and recombining them… He reflects upon the idea that composing musique concr?®te is very similar to the work of a film director. Rewinding, starting again, cutting, mixing and changing, processing the speed, the colours, the notes. Debussy also talked about creating pictures.”
“The film plays a kind of game: To approach a noise microscopically with the microphone changes the form of his perception. The noise gets more abstract and because of that actually more musical. The same is true of pictures. The closer a camera approaches an object, the more abstract it becomes: No longer one concrete picture, but a composition of colours, shapes, structures, textures. The object in question is a river, a stream, heard and seen from several perspectives, composed in ever closer perspectives, cubist, so to speak, until the perception changes into pure abstraction and then back again into its original concrete form. The aesthetic of musique concr?®te is translated back into a possible language of this film.”
“A central theme of the film is perception; perception of the visual and the acoustic and how they refer to each other, how one can dissolve these contexts and put them together again in a new way; how the context, i.e. the composition, focuses perception.”
“Francis Dhomont meets Paul Lansky, a composer from Princeton, USA. They cross a bridge while talking about whether urban sounds can be used in composition. As with the water of the river, the bridge is also broken down into its acoustic and visual components, a kind of homage to Walter Ruttmann, but again completely different. The topic here, once again, is cubist dismantling and rejoining, the production of imaginary rooms.”
“The conversation continues in Dhomont‚Äôs kitchen and focuses on the tinkling of cups – whether one must recognise a sound‚Äôs origin in electro-acoustic music. Does the physical gesture suffice or must the sound more or less proclaim its origin? One says “yes”, the other says “no”, and a quarrel almost arises. There are, indeed, different schools of thought among composers who work with sounds.”
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – Azioni III A film by Theo Gallehr, 46 mins, 1967
“The dvd presents some of the most compelling improvisations of this extraordinary improv group active in the ’60s and featuring such names as Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Franco Evangelisti, Walter Branchi, Mario Bertoncini and John Heineman. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise and wild electronic sounds, the enclosed video DVD, shot in a stunning black and white, is a unique document that captures the rehearsal of the thrilling concert that the group gave in Rome in 1967.”
“Il Gruppo was a brilliant and prolific composer’s collective exploring extended techniques and new sound sources through the medium of improvisation. Although very much a product of its time, their music
remains timeless. They were instrumental in founding a radical tradition of western musical improvisation that owed little or nothing to anybody and created some of the strangest music ever made. They were utterly unique.”
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