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    Francois Bayle – La Main Vide

    July 12th, 2008

    Francois Bayle - La Main Vide

    Volume 8 contains one work in three parts from the mid ’90s. “Baton de Pluie” (1993-94) starts out with a dense power drone and stops abruptly for almost 20 minutes of intricately tossing and turning wind instruments, rain sticks, and plenty of Bayle’s signature pinging, chiming and flowing electronic shawls. “The relative austerity of L’Expérience Acoustique has given way to a style that is generous and poetic. The space has broadened and the rain stick is now surrounded by elegant garlands. The result is almost reminiscent of runs on a baroque organ. We recognize the play of the flute that is so dear to the author, the cascading sounds of glass, the furtive breaths, the shivers, the glissandi in a space that is inhabited, alive. The piece is teaming with ideas, yet it gives an impression of perfect coherence, not so much because of any apparent structure as because of an admirable sense of sequence and coordination.”—Jacques Bonnaure

    In “La Fleur Future” (1994), the peaceful timbres of track one give way to somewhat more disturbed collage work. Literal hand-washing laundry sounds with far-off people chattering interspersed with some mysterious mellow melody give way to minutes of more pleasant puzzles. “More incredible still than a heavenly flower or a dream flower is the flower of the future—that contradictory flower made up of atoms that are now in other places and whose arrangement does not yet exist.”—J.L. Borges. The short, 10-minute “Inventions” (1995) closes out the program with another rainstick workout, fading in with some low-end rumble and metallic pings almost reminiscent of Xenakis’ “Diamorphoses” but with more playful sound thrown around on top. As usual, the cover is adorned with a beautiful drawing by the multi-talented composer himself, featuring a colorful hand floating in a cloud of purple lines.

    Label: Magison Cycle Bayle Volume 8 Catalog Number: MG CB 0896 Format: CD Packaging: Digi-Pak Tracks: 3 Total Time: 42:41 Country: France Released: 1996 Related Artists: Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Schaeffer More: Electro CD, Forced Exposure, Official, Wikipedia