Luc Ferrari: L'escalier des Avegules, Les Arythmiques
Les Arythmiques is one of the final works created by electro-acoustic composer Luc Ferrari. A starting point for the piece was the challenge to represent, in sound, the jolt of electricity that had been sent across his heart to treat his arrythmia.The sound that he finally crafted to his satisfaction is the crackling, vaguely terrifying one that jolts Les Arythmiques into life and reappears throughout to interrupt the proceedings at the most unlikely moments.
"Even if his art is historically linked to the musique concrete school, Luc Ferrari (born in Paris in 1929) is above all a man with a freedom of spirit rarely equalled in the history of music, who has repeatedly left what he excelled at for new territory still unexplored; thus he is par excellence the composer of new fields of investigation. Ferrari joined the Groupe de Musique ConcrŠte in 1958 and remained a member until 1966; he collaborated with Pierre Schaeffer in setting up the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (1958). By 1963-4 he had begun H‚t‚rozygote, an extended tape piece in which ambient sounds unfold in narrative form, suggesting a dazzling variety of incidents, all unexplained. He was Professor of Composition at Cologne's Rheinische Musikschule from 1964 to 65. In 1965 and 1966 he produced Les Grandes R‚p‚titions, a series of television documentaries with G‚rard Patris on the subject of contemporary music, specifically Olivier Messiaen, Edgard VarŠse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Hermann Scherchen and Cecil Taylor. Luc Ferrari's diverse work and aesthetics continue to have a singular impact on the young generations of electronic musicians and artists. The corpus of his work is immense and includes hundreds of compositions of all kinds. Les Anecdotiques -- his last composition -- is a vast sound-film of more than an hour who explores in 15 steps the intensity of re-composed sounds from his continual travel around the world -- with electronic additional structures."