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ENSEMBLE 0

ELPMAS (MOONDOG) REVISITED (ICI D'AILLEURS)

ENSEMBLE 0 - ELPMAS (MOONDOG) REVISITED 134907
Format:
1 CD
Release:
26.07.2019
Label:
ICI D'AILLEURS
Kat.-Nr.:
134907
Barcode:
3521383457085
In 1991, aged 75, Moondog was about to embrace his singular identity, somewhere between druid, mad scientist and young child.

Having left the beaten track well before, and broken down barriers between musical genres, the ancient moderne Moondog was about to push paradox and anachronism even further and create the cult concept-album Elpmas.

Elpmas (produced by Mouse On Mars' Andi Thoma) is at once a satire of technology, music that takes its pulse from Native American pow-wows and cleverly composed pop music.

Made with a state-of-the-art computers, it is a manifesto against the atrocities inflicted on indigenous people.

It is also an ode to Nature and an invitation to travel, themes that are still as immensely popular today.

In order to perform and revisit Elpmas, ensemble 0 and their guests have had to explore the 247 pages of the record's score.

The original was mostly recorded note by note, but here the musicians play their parts simultaneously, as one would any classical score.

Every sound has been meticulously re-recorded and some of the parts have been rearranged so that they could be played by instruments, and avoid digital treatment, other than the final summing of the tracks.

The cold digital feel of the original has been counterbalanced by the analog warmth we have wanted to breathe into it.

Amaury Cornut LOUIS THOMAS HARDIN ALIAS MOONDOG : Louis Thomas Hardin, 1916 (Kansas, USA) - 1999 (Munster, Ger.) is without doubt one of the most peculiar composers of this 2Oth century he travelled throughout.

A visionary blind man, a symphonist hobo and an unknown legend, he is the architect of a unique and extensive body of work in which Plain Indians-inspired jazz, contrapuntal composing borrowed from J.S.

Bach and a science of melody mingle, a work which has fascinated the world of pop ELPMAS : Produced by Andi Toma (Mouse on Mars) and released at the beginning of the 90's, elpmas is a genuine concept-album which uses the woody tones of the marimbas, numerous field-recordings and borrowings from Japanese musical forms to sketch an ode to nature and a manifesto against the ill-treatment of the aboriginal peoples.

Twenty-five years later, this message is still awfully relevant. Read backwards, the title of the album is `'sample'', evoking the sound material commonly used in electronic music.

To shape the album, Moondog sampled the entire range of a marimba, note after note, used sound recordings of natural environments and different sound treatments and loops, all with the help of a `'computer''.

Moondog was indeed convinced that this tool only could help him reproduce the complex and tangled latticework he had in mind.

Thus, elpmas has only existed within the studio. The (re)interpretation proposed by ensemble 0 convenes on stage the organic warmth of real marimba bars, the analog tape of a Revox to play the field-recordings, the voices of today intertwined with the ghosts of the past through the use of certain original sound materials (such as the viola) recorded in 1991 to revive a music that borrows widely from the Native American pow wows.

ENSEMBLE 0 : Created in 2004, ensemble 0 is a multifaceted group and performs the compositions of its members as well as pieces from other composers.

The group works with numerous regular collaborators and guests, and is thus able to change, expand or reduce its line-up at will on a project-by-project basis.

Ensemble 0 performed in several European countries (France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany) and in Asia (Japan, Taiwan).

Elpmas revisited : - performed by ensemble 0 : Stéphane Garin, Joël Mérah, Julien Garin, Amélie Grould, Julien Pontvianne, Vincent Malassis.

- with ensemble Macadam, Vanille Fiaux & Jonathan Seilman, Tomoko Sauvage, Barabara Hünninger, Aude Guillevin, Rodolphe Alexis as special guest.

- Illustrated by Gwénola Carrère, Étienne Beck, Guillaume Trouillard, Juliette Léveillé, Bonnefrite, Soia, Vincent Fortemps, Laurent Bourlaud.

- texts by Amaury Cornut, Patrick Gyger, Guy Marc Hinant, Blandine Rinkel. - recorded at Auditorium du Conservatoire de Carcassonne and GMEA Centre National de Création Musicale d'Albi-Tarn.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. WIND RIVER POWWOW
  • 1.2. WESTWARD HO
  • 1.3. SUITE EQUESTRIA
  • 1.4. MARIMBA MONDO 1
  • 1.5. FUJIYAMA 1
  • 1.6. MARIMBA MONDO 2
  • 1.7. FUJIYAMA 2
  • 1.8. BIRD OF PARADISE
  • 1.9. THE MESSAGE
  • 1.10. INTRODUCTION AND OVERTONE CONTINUUM & COSMIC MEDITATION