Léo Küpper ‘Amkea / Aérosons’

Amkea/Aérosons LP front cover
Amkea/Aérosons LP back cover
Amkea/Aérosons LP side 1

Inspired by the work of Luciano Berio with Cathy Berberian, such as Omaggio à Joyce, 1958, Belgian composer Léo Küpper, born 1935 (see previous post for introduction), researched the potentialities of abstract phonetic language in his electroacoustic music. The two pieces on this disc dates from the 1980s and were composed at Küpper’s own Studio de Recherches et de Structurations Electronique Auditives, founded in Brüssels in 1967. They belong to a series of works dedicated to phonemic sounds, created in colaboration with professional singers, actors or students.

Léo KüpperAmkéa is entirely based on Anna Maria Kiefer’s vocal and phonetic explorations, amalgamated by Küpper’s electronic treatments and montage. In Brazil, mezzo-soprano Kiefer, born in São Paulo, had collaborated with composers like Gilberto Mendes-Santos, Dieter Schnebel, Jesus Villa Rojo, Jocy de Oliveira, Conrado Silva, before moving to Europe in 1981. Amkéa is divided into 5 shorter sections: Récit 1, Vocalique, Récit 2, Mélodique, Glissandi Vocaux. One section around 15:00 is based on bird imitation by Kiefer, an evocation of the South American birdscape. Küpper also coupled Kiefer’s voice with sounds of the Brazilian forest in Annazone, 1985, including insects and birds. Aérosons is an electronic recreation of Amkéa, complete with electronic phonemes and bird imitation.

Amkéa was reissued on the 1999 Ways Of The Voice CD on Pogus, while Aérosons has never been digitized before.

01 Amkéa (25:12)
02 Aérosons (14:30)

Total time 39:42
LP released by Igloo, IGL032, Belgium, 1985


See also:
Kouros et Korê/Innominé
Paroles Sur Lèvres, in ‘Sons En Mutation’ >

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11 Responses to “Léo Küpper ‘Amkea / Aérosons’”

  1. 1 icastico September 27, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Looking forward to these. Thanks, as always. Have been enjoying the recent children’s records.

  2. 2 continuo September 27, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Thanks for your support. Enjoy the music.

  3. 3 wdbx September 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Terrific! I love the “Ways of the Voice” disc– nice to be able to check out some more from these sessions.

  4. 4 continuo September 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    There’s definitely more to come on this blog from this giant of Belgian electroacoustic music. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. 5 feq'wah September 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    A giant of Belgian electroacoustic music…and i never heard of him.
    I’m learning though.

  6. 6 continuo September 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Belgium is large. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 feq'wah September 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Large? In a way yes :) Lot’s of giants…

    You’re from Belgium?

  8. 8 continuo September 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Just a neighbor. Long live Belgium!

  9. 9 newname September 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    And neighbor!

  10. 10 jan September 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Yeah, ‘Belgium’, it would make a fine category in the right margin of this blog! Many thanks & greetings from… Belgium, that unpredictable tiny country!!!

  11. 11 continuo September 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    That would be funny, but I consider a country as a mere contingency, not a quality. I’d rather like Belgium to remain unpredictable, like you say.

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