Saturday, 8 May 2021



Igor Wakhevitch es un compositor y pianista clásico francés que ha trabajado en muchas disciplinas musicales, siempre sensible a las nuevas formas de expresar las construcciones sonoras. En diferentes contextos, exploró el enfoque acústico de los sonidos procesados, pero también ocasionalmente disipa esta forma compositiva en la estética del rock psicológico. El universo musical de Igor Wakhevitch es una interacción muy compleja y holística de mundos sonoros. Su formación musical está fuertemente influenciada por la vanguardia contemporánea, el dodecafonismo y las experimentaciones sonoras. A finales de los 60, trabajó notablemente con el «Grupo de Investigación Musical» (Radio Nacional Francesa, ORTF) bajo la dirección de Pierre Schaeffer, el famoso musicólogo visionario, uno de los padres de la música electrónica junto con Edgar Varese, Pierre Henry, etc.

Igor Wakhévitch ‎– Donc...
Label:Fractal Records (2) ‎– FRACTAL 002
Format:6xCD, Album, Reissue Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Modern Classical, Psychedelic Rock, Avantgarde, Minimal, Experimental

CD 1 - Logos (Rituel Sonore) (1970)

1-1     Ergon     3:59
1-2     Mineral - Vegetal - Animal     4:40
1-3     Homo-Sapiens Ignorabimus     4:43
1-4     Initiation (1ère Partie)     2:43
1-5     Initiation (2ème Partie)     6:28
1-6     Delirium     2:23
1-7     Danse Sacrale  6:08
1-8     Point Omega (Mort Ou Résurrection)     2:03

    CD 2 - Docteur Faust (1971)

2-1     Aimantation     0:25
    Materia Prima     (10:12)
2-2.a     Gnomides    
2-2.b     Faust    
2-2.c     Vulcain    
2-3     Eau Ardente     4:24
2-4     Ténèbres (Walpurgis)     4:52
2-5     Matines     3:53
2-6     Licornes     2:33
2-7     Sang Pourpre     3:55

    CD 3 - Hathor (Liturgie Du Souffle Pour La Résurrection Des Morts) (1973)

3-1     Hymne A Sathanael (Aimantation Des Forces)  4:38
3-2     Grand Sabbat Luciférien (Régime Des Arches)     4:11
3-3     Rituel De Guerre Des Esprits De La Terre     5:37
3-4     Cris Pour Les Sabbats Infernaux Et Invocations Des Daimons     1:54
3-5     Office De La Levée Du Corps (De Profundis)  5:26
3-6     Amenthi (Attente De La Seconde Mort)  9:46
3-7     Aurore     2:37

    CD 4 - Les Fous D'or (1975)

    « Cornerstone »    
4-1     Twilight And Call Of The Ascending Spirit  8:41
4-2     Arrival Of The Magic Doll     5:02
4-3     Rites Of The Doll  8:41
    « Les Fous D'or »    
4-4     Henry The Fool Of The Doll  3:00
4-5     Eve Speaks  1:56
4-6     Ritual Of The Master Of The Doll     13:11

    CD 5 - Nagual (Les Ailes De La Perception) (1977)

5-1     Nagual (Les Ailes De La Perception)     5:20
5-2     In The Nagual's Time (Flash I)     0:32
5-3     Spenta Aramati (Ritual Of The Zelator)     3:48
5-4     Hunahpuguch     2:37
5-5     Beginning Of Peter's Journey     3:17
5-6     Sets (Transition)     1:26
5-7     The Smile Of Wolf On The Bench (For Jorma)     4:43
5-8     Never Poem For The Other     5:12
5-9     In The Nagual's Time (Flash II)     1:45
5-10     Stop The World (Rituel Of Si-Wang-Mou)     5:45
5-11     Cinderella     1:28
5-12     Chirakan-Ixmucane     8:11

        CD 6 - Let's Start (1979)

6-1     Let's Start     21:33
6-2     Taddy's Fruit Garden     4:02
6-3     Eriador     12:04
6-4     Monks In The Snow     3:48
6-5     Taddy's Dream: Ramallah's Road     8:16

AllMusic Review by   [-]

The music of French composer Igor Wakhevitch is as difficult to summarize as any modern classical or avant-garde performer you care to name. He never stayed put in one particular idiom or another for long, exhibiting as much affinity for psychedelic rock as he did for opera, modern dance, and minimalist synthesizer pieces. Given his apprenticeship under Terry Riley, and having studied with Olivier Messiaen and Pierre SchaefferWakhevitch's eclectic mix of styles and timbres isn't surprising. What is surprising is that his work remained obscure for so long. Donc... is a box set containing all six studio albums he made during the 1970s, omitting only his music for Salvador Dali's 1974 opera, Etre Dieu. His music certainly wasn't "accessible" in popular music terms, but should be immediately striking for people interested in avant-garde composition and various strains of experimental rock and electronic music. Wakhevitch's first two albums were Logos from 1970 and Docteur Faust, released the following year. Both are strange brews of massed choral clamor, beaming analog synthesizer tampering, and some heavily psychedelic production. The former album sticks closer to a classical blueprint, using timpanis, strings, and female sopranos as raw materials with which Wakhevitch orchestrates what sounds like the end of the world. In fact, his production work is quite advanced for the era, but is also at least as dated. Docteur Faust features more of a rock feel (doubtlessly influenced by Wakhevitch's love of Soft Machine), but otherwise is similar to the previous album in terms of its bizarre synthesis of psychedelia and modern classical music.
Hathor (1973) replaced most of the symphonic bombast for a teaming of radically mutated synthesizer programming and ominous spoken word declarations. Here, industrial atmospheres and doom-filled electronic textures lend Wakhevitch's minimalist etudes a nightmarish quality that must have been his own personal soundtrack for tripping. The overall effect is stunning, even as Wakhevitch's near total lack of subtlety will be too much for many listeners. Contrast this with 1975's Les Fous d'Or, which seems a much more ambient work, similar to concurrent efforts by Tangerine Dream and Wakhevitch's former teacher, Riley. Rather than scare his audience to death, Wakhevitch opts for calmer electronic soundscapes, interspersed with often nonsensical improvised vocal outbursts. Released in 1977, Nagual takes the textures of Les Fous d'Or but distorts and elongates them in a manner typical for someone enamored of hallucinogenic drugs. However, in the middle of the record, Wakhevitch changes modes into a relatively restrained piano and keyboard-based programmatic piece, with titles referencing both Peter and the Wolf and Cinderella. His final album, Let's Start from 1979, features both his most refined synthesizer work and strange use of the human voice. The lengthy title piece ends with a group of reverberated voices stating "Let's start" over and over, eventually morphing into a larger group chanting "Let's get high" and then back to "I say let's start." It's not exactly the most profound sentiment ever expressed by a composer, but along with the rest of Wakhevitch's work, it's far from the least interesting.

Letter from Michael GIRA (Swans) - November 10, 1998
The most astonishing music I have heard in some years is the new Box Set of Igor Wakhévitch - 6 CDs, from 1970-79. Amazing approach to sound, from classical to experimental, psychadelia to film music. Ominous and beautiful, then clamorous and Wagnerian. At some points it sounds like contemporary electronic music, then shifts seemlessly into a full classical orchestra. You must buy this.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021







Monday, 3 May 2021

VARIOUS ‎– OHM: THE EARLY GURUS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC (CD + DVD) (Ellipsis Arts ‎– CD3670, 2000 / Ellipsis Arts ‎– DVD 3694, 2005) (FLAC + AVI)




Otra clase de historia del medio musical electrónico.

Un día cualquiera del año 2000, paseaba yo por la zona de la calle Tallers de Barcelona, cuando aún existían muchas tiendas de discos. En una de ellas vi esta caja titulada OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music, me entraron sudores fríos, temblores, incontinencia, hambre.... El caso es que me dirigí con ella a la caja para abonar el importe y marcharme disparado a casa para saborear tan magno material. Sobra comentar el placentero y onanista momentazo que le dediqué a esta recopilación.

OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music recopila, como su nombre indica, los auténticos gurús del sonido electrónico, desde mucho antes de la existencia de los sintetizadores hasta los años 70, todo un recorrido por el fantástico mundo de la electrónica musical concentrado en una soberbia caja de tres cd's con un libreto adjunto.

Como siempre, tenemos que decir aquello de "son todos los que están pero no están todos los que son", porque faltarían muchos nombres y muchas obras que merecerían formar parte de esta clase magistral de historia. ¿A quien echo de menos? Pues a los primeros thereministas coetáneos de Clara Rockmore, a los holandeses Tom Dissevelt, Kid Baltan, Dick Raaijmakers, Delia Derbishire, a Pierre Henry, a los de la BBC... Pero bueno, ya se sabe que la perfección no existe, y no por esas ausencias debemos renegar de esta joya.

Cinco años más tarde de la aparición de esta caja, salió al mercado la misma recopilación de tres cd's pero acompañada de un dvd con videos de algunos de los artistas contenidos. Pues bien, hoy os lo ofrezco en este pack CD+DVD que (salvo las omisiones) se convierte en una joyaza para todos los aficionados al medio musical electrónico.

Os dejo, pues, con este hermoso homenaje a todos aquellos hombres y mujeres que trabajaron la Música Electrónica, que dedicaron la mayor parte de sus vidas a crear, inventar, componer y divulgar su esencia.



1-1 –Clara Rockmore Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale 2:08
1-2 –Olivier Messiaen Oraison 7:42
1-3 –Pierre Schaeffer Etude Aux Chemins De Fer 2:50
1-4 –John Cage Williams Mix 5:42
1-5 –Herbert Eimert & Robert Beyer Klangstudie II 4:27
1-6 –Otto Luening Low Speed 3:40
1-7 –Hugh Le Caine Dripsody 1:26
1-8 –Louis And Bebe Barron Main Title From Forbidden Planet 2:19
1-9 –Oskar Sala Concertando Rubato From Electronische Tanzsuite 3:07
1-10 –Edgard Varèse Poeme Electronique 8:00
1-11 –Richard Maxfield Sine Music (A Swarm Of Butterflies Encountered Over The Ocean) 6:00
1-12 –Tod Dockstader Apocalypse – Part 2 2:01
1-13 –Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontakte (Edit) 6:20
1-14 –Vladimir Ussachevsky Wireless Fantasy 4:35
1-15 –Milton Babbitt Philomel (Edit) 4:57
1-16 –MEV* Spacecraft (Edit) 6:06
2-1 –Raymond Scott Cindy Electronium 1:55
2-2 –Steve Reich Pendulum Music 5:52
2-3 –Pauline Oliveros Bye Bye Butterfly 8:02
2-4 –Joji Yuasa Projection Esemplastic For White Noise 7:36
2-5 –Morton Subotnick Silver Apples Of The Moon, Part 1 (Edit) 4:20
2-6 –David Tudor Rainforest Version 1 (Edit) 5:09
2-7 –Terry Riley Poppy Nogood (Edit) 7:55
2-8 –Holger Czukay Boat-Woman-Song (Edit) 5:01
2-9 –Luc Ferrari Music Promenade (Edit) 7:00
2-10 –François Bayle Rosace 3 From Vibrations Composées 3:19
2-11 –Jean-Claude Risset Mutations (Edit) 4:55
2-12 –Iannis Xenakis Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Edit) 4:39
2-13 –La Monte Young Excerpt "31|69 C. 12:17:22-12:25:33 PM NYC" From: Drift Study "31|69 C. 12:17:33-12:24:33 PM NYC" From: Map Of 49's Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals (Edit) 7:00
3-1 –Charles Dodge He Destroyed Her Image 1:59
3-2 –Paul Lansky Six Fantasies On A Poem By Thomas Campion: Her Song 3:04
3-3 –Laurie Spiegel Appalachian Grove I 5:20
3-4 –Bernard Parmegiani En Phase/Hors Phase 2:29
3-5 –David Behrman On The Other Ocean (Edit) 6:48
3-6 –John Chowning Stria (Edit) 5:11
3-7 –Maryanne Amacher Living Sound, Patent Pending Music For Sound-Joined Rooms Series (Edit) 7:02
3-8 –Robert Ashley Automatic Writing (Edit) 7:07
3-9 –Alvin Curran Canti Illuminati (Edit) 7:25
3-10 –Alvin Lucier Music On A Long Thin Wire (Edit) 6:43
3-11 –Klaus Schulze Melange 6:52
3-12 –Jon Hassell Before And After Charm (La Notte) 7:59
3-13 –Brian Eno Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills) 5:21


1 –Clara Rockmore The World's Greatest Theremin Vituosa (Excerpt) 5:05
2 –John Cage Paying Attention (Excerpt) 6:19
3 –Jean-Claude Risset Mutations 6:35
4 –Steve Reich Three Tales: Dolly (Excerpt) 10:38
5 –Morton Subotnick Sidewinder (Excerpt) 6:39
6 –Holger Czukay Floatspace 3:14
7 –Bebe Barron Interview With Bebe Barron (Excerpt) 7:56
8 –Paul Lansky The Dust Bunny 17:08
9 –Leon Theremin Paul Lansky's Lesson With Leon Theremin 3:32
10 –Iannis Xenakis Bohor 3:59
11 –Milton Babbit* Interview With Milton Babbit (Excerpt) 8:36
12 –Laurie Spiegel Improvisation On A 'Concerto Generator' 2:40
13 –David Behrman Music With Melody-Driven Electronics (Excerpt) 4:53
14 –John Chowning Stria 12:25
15 –Robert Ashley What She Thinks (It's History) (Excerpt) 3:59
16 –Max Mathews Phosphones 2:29
17 –Pauline Oliveros Bye Bye Butterfly 8:21
18 –Alvin Lucier Music For Solo Performer 11:45
19 –Mother Mallard* Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company (Excerpt) 5:13
20 –Robert Moog Moog: A Documentary (Excerpt) 5:54