Boomkat Product Review:
Luc Ferarri has to be one of electronic music's most important figures - along with Pierre Schaeffer he was responsible for establishing the 'Groupe de Recherche Musicales' or the GRM Institute and in that, pioneering the sound which would become known worldwide as Musique Concrete. With his experimentations and compositions, the music world was changed forever, people began to look at sound in a slightly different way and still today his work stands up as being devastatingly inventive, creative and brave. Sadly in 2006, Ferrari passed away, and this disc is an anthology collecting three of his last works - 'Rencontres Fortuites', 'Didascalies' and 'Tautologos III' with Tautologos III only being finished a mere month before his death. Interesting these pieces are quite far from the abrasive concrete recordings you might expect to hear; the more traditional Ferrari sound palette is now heard embedded in long-form violin and piano compositions, something which expands his sound into marvellously realised epic stories. This is wonderfully obtuse stuff, at all times mischievous and experimental but never alienating or elitist about it, the use of environmental recordings and how Ferrari embeds them into his pieces is inspiring and totally unique and proves that even in his final months he was still capable of breaking boundaries and moving the bar still higher. Anyone interested in contemporary experimental music or just simply music which does something quite knowingly different should check this without delay, 'Didascalies' is a testament to a great master of our times.