Musiques Nouvelles ‘Sons En Mutation’

Sons En Mutation book cover
Sons En Mutation book+CD
Sarkis' watercolors
Léo Küpper

Belgian contemporary music ensemble Musiques Nouvelles was founded by Henry Pousseur and Pierre Bartholomée in 1962, to interpret the former’s Répons, for 7 musicians. Both composers shared a 1967 Wergo LP pairing Jeu De Miroirs De Votre Faust and Le Tombeau De Marin Marais. Since then, Musiques Nouvelles premiered many works by Belgian and international composers. Since 1998, the ensemble is directed by cellist and composer Jean-Paul Dessy, b.1963, and is located in Le Manège, in Mons in the Wallonia region. The release of the Experiences De Vol 3CD-set in 2005 summed up the philosophy of Musiques Nouvelles regarding commissioned works and associated composers (Phil Niblock, Iancu Dumitrescu, Daniel Denis, Zbigniew Karkowski etc), both from, and outside of, the establishment (tr.#1 is an excerpt from this 3cd-set).

♫ Originally intended as a series, of which this was to be the sole issue, the Sons En Mutation book+CD was published 2003, bringing together contemporary artists, Belgian composers and members of the Electronica movement. The book features interviews with and articles by the artists appearing on the CD, as well as a color portfolio of Sarkis watercolors from a 1984 sound installation in Berlin, Germany. Jean-Paul Dessy‘s own composition is a collaboration with members of Art Zoyd, who contribute electronic accompaniment and studio mix to a quasi-cello sonata. The Léo Küpper 2001 unreleased electroacoustic composition was presumably recorded in the composer’s own Studio de Recherches et de Structurations Electroniques Auditives, in Brussels (see previous post). It’s a gorgeous variation on Medieval polyphony, complete with monks choir, transmogrified bell sounds and enchanting electronic experimentalism.

01 Jean-Paul Dessy Fable Ineffable (11:27)
02 David Shea Intriguantes (9:56)
03 Scanner Anti-Clockwise (5:21)
04 DJ Spooky Heterotopian Trace (4:59)
05 David Toop Air-Con Function (5:53)
06 Kim Cascone Black Theorem (2:58)
07 Léo Küpper Paroles Sur Lèvres (9:57)
08 Sarkis Tak (1:54)

Total time
CD+book released by La Lettre Volée, Brüssels, Belgium, 2003


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10 Responses to “Musiques Nouvelles ‘Sons En Mutation’”

  1. 1 twinkle August 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Thrilling sounds. Bravo.

  2. 2 Feq'wah August 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Huh, never heard of Musiques Nouvelles before.

    Seems there’s so much music in my native country i’ve hardly ever heard of.

    But thanks to blogs like yours i’m learning more.


  3. 3 continuo August 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you both. Belgium is a treasure trove of wonderful musics.

  4. 4 jan August 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    An earlier set of 3-CD’s was released in 2002.

  5. 5 continuo August 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    You mean an earlier set of Experiences De Vol, I suppose.

  6. 7 lightactivity August 7, 2010 at 4:59 am

    The bottom photo is beautiful.

  7. 8 continuo August 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    It’s from the Léo Küpper reissue CD page on Sub Rosa. Good to see you back, man.

  8. 9 -sto August 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    by the way, there is also a 3-cd set “experiences de vol 4,5,6”, which is quite great (I don’t know the vol.1 3-cd set)

  9. 10 continuo August 17, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    And, while we are at it: contrary to what I wrote above, there was indeed several issues of the Musiques Nouvelles journal, some of them availaible as French language PDF files on their website.

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