Danish/French musique concrète composer Knud Viktor released two LPs in 1972. The first one was Images (see previous post) and the second was Ambiances, both on Jean-Claude Roché‘s L’Oiseau Musicien record label, based in the Provence area in the South of France.
♫ While Images consisted of short tape experiments with unique sound sources in a kind of musique concrète études, Ambiances stretches short sound samples to the dimension of 20mn+ epic compositions. These elongated explorations thus re-enact the field recordist’s role as a witness at the time of recording and, in so doing, allow the listener to share the aural bewilderment, the suspended time and quasi-mystical experience underwent by the composer. It seems this music’s purpose is to reveal the genius loci of the place or particular moment, which is actually quite distinct from musique concrète‘s rather straightforward ethos and has not much in common either with field recording as we know it today.
In his liner notes, Jean C. Roché alludes to US ambient music and relaxation records – he might be refering to the extraordinary Environment series from Syntonic Research from Austin, Texas, whose first volume was issued in 1969. Suggesting Ambiances as a kind of background music, Roché prevents the listener to expect any “composition” or evolution in the music, which he poetically describes as “weaving with threads of sound”.
01 Ambiance 1 (23:38)
02 Ambiance 2 (27:41)
Total time 51:19
LP released by L’Oiseau Musicien, Aubenas-les-Alpes, France, 1972