Charles-Edouard Platel | Imagimuse / 2

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Imagimuse / 2

by Charles-Edouard Platel

Two great musical suites, inviting to imaginary explorations
Genre: Avant Garde: Computer Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Youmonte - In The Bush
2:57 album only
2. Youmonte: Songs
3:11 album only
3. Youmonte - The Village
4:06 album only
4. Youmonte - Funerals
4:08 album only
5. Youmonte - The Spirits
5:42 album only
6. Coincidence - Vital Powers
8:57 album only
7. Coincidence - Untimed Dreaming
14:35 album only
8. Coincidence - Metamorphosonic
15:55 album only
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Album Notes
"YOUMONTE " is the result of a project that the author was patiently in expectation of the technical conditions favorable to the realization of which: exploit the quality of electronic music digital tools to honour the beauty of the music of the Lobi people. The author had discovered this music in 1971, while he was in mission of cultural cooperation in Western Africa, in villages around Bondoukou, Bouna, Doropo,
The songs of Lobis, accompanying the agricultural works and the religious rites, are supported by the "Youlon ", a specific xylophone (or balafon), made of 14 blades of the medium/low register, coupled with resonators equipped with thin vibratory membranes.
The pentatonic melodies, the incantations and the endless rhythms of trance of the Lobi musics can remind us accents and atmosphere of the free-jazz, which, these years in western countries, fascinated jazz lovers, enthusiastic or horrified.
"Youmonte" is not a collection of ethnic recordings, although its structure bases on some sequences got by the author on the field.
It is definitely an electronic work which addresses the imagination of the listener. It introduces him into the disturbing vastness of the bush, then invites him by the charm of songs to get involved in the peaceful activities of the village, before diving him in the paroxysm of an overexcited funeral night. If he recovers from this event, he will not escape to the still vague memories and to the appeal of the ghostly spirits.

« COINCIDENCE » is a project with the painter Rui Prazeres to produce a joined exhibition where music and painting have been created together. The sound track is designed to be heard in loop during the exhibition.
The word "coincidence" relates both a simultaneity in the space / time and the hazard. And hazard is an important driver in the plastical and musical creation.
The composition was first fed by a progressive appropriation of the plastician's world, as the sense of the colors, textures and forms progressively appeared. Then the result was listened by the painter himself, focused on the achievement of the works dedicated to the exhibition, and the composer benificiated of this feedback to modify the music, and so on, spreaded along several months.
"Coïncidence" includes three recognizables parts, the transition from one to another therefore being progressive:
1. "Vital powers" evokes gestures, breathing, energy flows which animate the artist at work, either plastician or musician;
2. "Untimed dreaming", by the contrary, seems loose all references to rythms: long layings of bright and dark colors, scattered showers of "drippings";
3. "Metamorphosonic" develop continuous sound layers which combine themselves in a Darwinian way into complex patterns and individuated forms; the listener will here recognize landscapes, animals, objects and characters, according to his own fantasies.



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