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    Luc Ferrari – Cellule 75

    July 17th, 2008

    Luc Ferrari - Cellule 75 S

    “Cellule 75” (1975) combines scored classical music, improvisation and minimalism into a half-hour piece for piano, percussion and tape. The piano and percussion “rock” on in myriad quirky yet rhythmic ways, at times pausing for stuttered, almost free improv-like interludes while the electronic tape areas alternate between melodic passages, pounding rhythm or droning ambience.

    “Place Des Abbesses” (1977) begins with an incredibly beautiful, ebbing and pulsing nebula—almost Pluramon-like, then moves in and out of various sections: very nice and simple three-note string-plucks, sprightly and rhythmic synth melodies, stately and heavy percussion, happy synth melodies, and plenty of clacking, echoing and scattered percussion—all surrounded at various times by deep drones, “sampled” horns, flutes, voices, saxophones, processed horn rhythms, etc. After a loud rhythmic climax, the piece finally fades out with more echoing voices, ebbing flute and synth drones, and a return of the very pretty three-note string sound. On the cover, Luc looks quite excited to be standing by a huge photo of a girl’s torso pilfered from a lingerie catalog.

    Label: Tzadik Catalog Number: TZ 7033 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 2 Total Time: 55:48 Country: United States Released: 1998 Related Artists: Francois Bayle, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Schaeffer More: Electro CD, Forced Exposure, Official, Wikipedia