Boomkat Product Review:
Master poet / concrète enigma, Lionel Marchetti takes his bow on the Recollections GRM series with two works commissioned for, and realised at, the inestimable Parisian institute during the mid ‘90s.
Hailed a major player in the 3rd generation of concrète musicians, Marchetti is renowned as a consummate collaborator with everybody from Jérôme Noetinger to Michel Chion and Voice Crack, besides his absorbing solo oeuvre that stretches back to the late ‘80s. François Bonnet’s Recollections GRM here rummage in their archive to find two striking pieces recorded by Marchetti at their facilities in 1989/90, and 1993/95, documenting some of the artist’s earliest compositions, and the start of a bountiful catalogue that’s vital to contemporary conceptions of musique concrète.
While contrasting in their outlooks and make-up, both pieces share their roots in field recordings and atmospheric influence taken from the artist’s hikes and rambles around the ancient landscapes of the Drôme region in southeastern France. Realised from 1993-95, ‘La grande vallée’ utilises a wide spectrum of sources to describe earthly settings thru a subtly modulated climate of widescreen drones and soggy textures underfoot, with strange whimpers, peacock calls and insect clamour animating the negative space with totally immersive vision. On the other hand, 10989/90’s ‘Micro-climat’ predates much of Marchetti’s work and finds him porous to the elements, highly cognisant of his proprioception and the environments of the high plateaus of the Monts du Forez, using his body and mind as a weather vane to translate a fascination with clouds into exceptionally sensitive, ephemeral descriptions of the elements that so perfectly resonate the original, ineffably poetic intentions of concrète music.