Situations Sonores ’76

Situations Sonores '76 LP front cover
Situations Sonores '76 LP back cover
Situations Sonores '76 LP side 1

Another improbable record from the Kiosque d’Orphée catalogue, Situation Sonore ’76 is an (almost) all-women collective music project exploring stringed instrument resonances, Eastern music references and folk songs. The group of 10 women and 1 man held weekly rehearsals during one year to improvise and explore their instrumentarium, especially the self-build instrument called the Ariel, with movable frets under the strings to alter pitch (see picture below). I assume the concept stems from French educational circles, which were fond of the instrument during the 1970s, thanks to several books on collective music and self-build instruments available to educators.

The Ariel

♫ The string instruments’ timeless beauty combines with the amateurism of the interprets to conjure touching melodies, be it traditional folk tunes or collective, spontaneous compositions. Apart from the Ariel, other instruments used on this disc include Jew’s harp, acoustic guitar, sitar and the occasional percussion. On several occasions, the ensemble gathers in a chorale to perform a traditional song or wordless improvisation.

01 Tri Martelod (2:47)
02 Châteaux de Sable (2:07)
03 Amertume (2:01)
04 Lazare et Cécile (3:02)
05 Attente… Approche… (1:48)
06 Thème et Variations (3:22)
07 Aube (2:02)
08 S’en Allait à Marseille (1:40)
09 Histoire Hindoue (1:31)
10 Dans Les Prisons de Londres (2:50)
11 Métamorphoses (7:08)

Total time 30:15
LP released by Le Kiosque d’Orphée, KO 760508, Paris, France, 1976


Other Kiosque d’Orphée releases:
Francisco Semprun & Michel Christodoulidès >
Madhya Méditations sur le Seuil >

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6 Responses to “Situations Sonores ’76”

  1. 2 continuo November 4, 2010 at 9:02 am

    You’re welcome, Scott.

  2. 3 Mike November 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hey – do you have any information on those books you mentioned in the post (collectives, homemade instruments)? That sounds like pretty fascinating stuff…

  3. 4 continuo November 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    These publications are mentioned in 2 main sources:
    – first a PDF summing up the research of a French educator, George Herinx, 2005
    – 2 web pages from a branch of educators also inspired by the Freinet method (here and here)
    Everything is in French, I’m afraid, and these publications are likely to be private copies circulated among educators only.

  4. 5 Mike November 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Wow, that was quick! Thanks much. As for it being French-only – well, I’ll do what I can…

  5. 6 Didi March 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    bonsoir,possible to get this one on flac? merci beaucoup

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