Boomkat Product Review:
Room40 presents this download-only forty-minute composition by musique concrète pioneer Luc Ferrari, based on recordings made in the summer of 1976 in the South Western French village Tuchan. Ferrari interviewed a number of villagers whilst making the piece, though the end result is a series of dialogues with a resident named Chantal, who according to Luc's wife, Brunhild Ferrari, talks about "her life, her troubles, her desires". Since all speech is in French, unless you know your way around the lingo it'll be difficult to interpret the piece itself - but for the intermittent musical interludes and backdrops that bind the conversations together, this is a predominantly verbal exercise. You'll hear Derek Bailey-esque guitar improvisations, treated and electroacoustically manipulated around the central dialogues, all of which help articulate what's going on, but since the human voice is firmly at the heart of the composition, understanding the spoken language will be most advantageous.