Bernard & François Baschet ‘Les Sculptures Sonores’


01 Daniel Ouzounoff ‘Marche’ (2:51)
02 Jacques Lasry ‘Paludisme’ (3:16)
03 Jacques Lasry ‘Cosmotonie’ (5:47)
04 Jacques Lasry ‘Danse Du Crystal #2’ (2:04)
05 Jacques Lasry ‘Chronophage #2’ (17:15)
06 Bernard Baschet & Michel Deneuve ‘Errance’ (19:16)
07 Michel Deneuve ‘Empreinte De Figures Impressionistes 1st Mvt.’ (4:52)
08 Toru Takemitsu ‘Seasons – excerpt’ (6:45)
09 Michel Deneuve ‘Le Vol Des Flamants’ (2:43)
10 Michel Deneuve ‘Laudes & Annonces Aux Bergers’ (1:49)
11 Michel Deneuve ‘Comme Une Autre Réalité’ (3:25)

Total time 70:00
CD released by Soundworld, UK, 1999

François and Bernard Baschet started creating metallic sound sculptures in the 1950s (also known specifically as Structures Sonores). Interestingly, none of the brothers had musical background ; François studied sculpture in art school when he came back from war and Argentina and Bernard (pictured above with Thomas Bloch) was an engineer. Their unusual music instruments gained immediate recognition and fame among musicians and the audience. During the 1970s, they had exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Mexico, Stokholm, etc. The Baschets also created outdoor sculptures, decorative art, special outfits (e.g. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, William Klein, 1966) and nowadays educational workshops for children. From the start, they had contemporary composers writing music for their instruments, more often than not Jacques Lasry and Michel Deneuve. They issued a dozen albums between 1958 and the end of 20th c. This CD is a retrospective disc offered with François Baschet’s Les Sculptures Sonores book, published in english by Soundworld Publishing, UK, 1999. It includes excerpts from previous LPs and CDs and is the best introduction to the Sculptures Sonores. Most sounds have this special retro-futurist appeal, so to speak, as if music of the future heard from the heart of the 1970s. Track #3 is the closest France has ever come to Harry Partch’s microtonality on self-build percussion instruments, and is a delight. The Takemitsu is an enchanting sound garden of bell chimes floating around and soft breezing wind, in which ‘the percussion timbre effects are often indistinguishable from electronic music’, writes “Blue” Gene Tyranny.


4 Responses to “Bernard & François Baschet ‘Les Sculptures Sonores’”

  1. 1 Michael B December 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    This is a great recording showcasing their brilliant sound sculptures. I highly recommend the buying the accompanying book, as it goes into great detail, and has many wonderful photographs and diagrams.

  2. 2 continuo December 13, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    The book is good and reads like a worldwide saga. Thanks for dropping by Michael.

  3. 4 Dave Clayden July 8, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I can still remember hearing this in the mid-60s.

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