The duo of Moniek Darge and Godfried-Willem Raes, Logos Duo emerged in the 1970s from the larger Logos Ensemble led by Raes in Ghent, Belgium. The Duo explored improvisation, instant composition and sound installation on violin, electronic and self-build instruments. Their 1st LP, Integratie, was released in 1973, followed by For Grooves in 1979. Published by Igloo in 1983, Composition/Improvisation is their 3rd LP.
♫ Recorded during stage performances, the first three tracks are instrumental/electronic pieces Logos Duo call muzikteater, or music theater, as they include parts for actor or mime, usually Moniek Darge herself. Opening track The Wall wonderfully sounds like a mix between an Allan Kaprow happening and some Noh theater performance, thanks to Darge’s raucous, wordless vocals and Raes’ martial percussion. On Sotto Voce, the use of a throat microphone allows the production of phonemic sounds a la Leo Küpper. Time Frames is based on the interaction of Moniek Darge’s playful voice and live electronic sound treatments, in a kind of exploratory dialog. Going through a system of large amplified springs, the voice gains strange wobbling effects while electronic bleeps react to the onomatopeia. Here, the performers really sound like a duo.
Improvisation was recorded during a Brussels performance organized by the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1981. Darge plays violin and alto, while Raes is on clarinets, both also using voice, percussion and toys in a performance that wouldn’t be out of place on a London Musician’s Collective concert event.
01 The Wall (5:09)
02 Sotto Voce (9:09)
03 Time Frames (12:05)
04 Improvisation (23:50)
Total time 50:13
LP released by Igloo, IGL 011, Belgium, 1983
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