David Fenech ‘Vous Etes Ici’

Cassette coverSide BSide AEverything's gone green (image from www.w-h-y.org)

01 Couvre feu (2:38)
02 Bal masqué (2:28)
03 Passage à niveau (2:29)
04 Furie (2:22)
05 Une poule à Venise (1:35)
06 ZAP (1:05)
07 Conversation piece (5:15)
08 ZAP ZAP (:48)
09 Sortie de prison (et en plus il pleut) (2:53)
10 Giboulées (5:19)
11 Soap Opera (2:24)
12 Capacités de découplage (2:25)
13 Poteaux/Feux (2:43)
14 Pluie d’insectes (2:23)

Total time 36:40
Cassette released by Echtzeit, Germany, 1993
Drawing by François Xavier Boutin

A programmer and software developer since 1995, David Fenech, born 1969, worked for several years as a full time engineer and software developer at IRCAM, Paris, and now as an acoustician engineer for large PA systems. He created his own Demosaurus label in 1997 with several solo CDs out by Ghédalia Tazartès or Frank Pahl, while Fenech’s own CDs have been released by various French labels. Released 1993 on Germany’s Echtzeit label, ran by Stefan Schwab, Vous Etes Ici (You Are Here) was David Fenech’s first solo cassette. Before that he was playing guitar with Peu Importe – see previous post, and contributing to many compilation cassettes and projects of the home-taping network, in France and abroad. Some tracks of this cassette are said to have been recorded at the COREAM electroacoustic music studio in Fontaine, near Grenoble, where people like Xavier Garcia, Jérôme Noetinger or Lionel Marchetti (eg: his mini-CD Mue on Métamkine) have also been recording. This is obvious on tracks using elaborate tape manipulation, like #2 and 3, for instance. But regardless of technology used, the mood is always of optimistic experimentalism, naive melodies and tape collages, and it definitely belongs to the French toy music tradition of Toupidek Limonade, Klimperei and Pascal Comelade. Instrumentation includes acoustic guitar, melodica, violin, keyboards, toys, found sounds. Thanks to David for first hand information and permission.

“All very illuminating . . .” (cf. #7)


10 Responses to “David Fenech ‘Vous Etes Ici’”

  1. 1 Tinnitus Compensation December 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    optimistic experimentalism is often the way to produce some really great music- thanks for this post really good!

  2. 2 continuo December 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I was looking for a way to describe the music on this tape and ‘optimistic experimentalism’ seemed appropriate. You’re right, though: it’s also initially a way to compose and an attitude for such luminaries as David Fenech, as well as for thousands experimentalists around the globe exploring music’s uncharted territories.
    As to deafness, I wonder. . . are you advertising on my blog or something?

  3. 3 Art Of Losing December 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks also for this one. I thought that DF only played on collaboration, and I’m pleased to hear solo works.
    I’ve seen him with Berrocal and Tazartes, it was a really great show.

  4. 4 continuo December 7, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Agree with you, both their Les Voûtes and Société de Curiosité 2009 Paris shows were great. Thanks for visiting.

  5. 5 Scott December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks, yes, very reminescent of Comelade, whom I also enjoy. refreshing sound to his work

  6. 6 continuo December 7, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Glad you enjoyed, Scott. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 Art Of Losing December 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    It was at Les Voutes for an afternoon and an evening consacred precisely to Comelade.
    Very warm day …
    thanks again

  8. 8 continuo December 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    The music was definitely worth the sweating that afternoon.

  9. 9 Miguel Saenger September 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Hello continuo, don’t know if you are still updating posts as old as this one, but I will just try… would it be possible for you to re-upload this Fenech tape? been trying to listen to it for a while and you are the only blog that seems to have posted it….thanks a lot for sharing all these material with us…

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