Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation

Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation LP front cover
Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation LP back cover
Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation LP insert
Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation LP side A

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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See also:
Logos ‘Pneumafoon Project’>
Moniek Darge
‘Sounds of Sacred Places’>
Godfried-Willem Raes
round up >

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10 Responses to “Logos Duo – Composition & Improvisation”

  1. 1 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián November 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Downloading! seems very promising..thanks as always!


  2. 2 jan November 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Thank you! I really should order the re-release of the wonderful ‘Sounds of Sacred Places’ you offered here a while ago.

  3. 3 continuo November 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Igloo reissues are rather rare and Sacred Places shall not be missed.
    Thanks for your comments, guys.

  4. 4 sljk November 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    ohh ! godbless you sir providing i joy in this void of a place i live in. love from the desert

  5. 5 continuo November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    My pleasure.

  6. 6 DB Harps November 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    You always manage to pull through! I was just mulling over a copy of this unheard gem on ye olde ebaye, and again you save the day. Many thanks, sir.

  7. 7 continuo November 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Well, I’d love to see other bloggers post Igloo LPs too. For some reason, this hasn’t been the case in recent years.
    The eBay seller you mention has excessively priced records. Be cautious when buying. The fact he copy/pastes my posts to describe some of his items for sale doesn’t imply I approve this kind of business.
    Thanks for your comment.

  8. 8 DB Harps November 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I’d post more Igloos if the Igloo releases I had weren’t ones that you’ve already shared. (Incidentally, I do have some Hungarotons in the pipeline if I can find the time to rip and write them up. I’ve been doing a series on Hungarian experimental music on my radio show and went on a Hungarospree.)
    It’s good to see someone else put off by the steep pricing that has been running rampant on the used out there music market of late. Thanks for clarifying on the alluded seller’s use of your writing.

  9. 9 Jonathan December 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    You write “a performance that wouldn’t be out of place on a London Musician’s Collective concert event.” The Logos Duo did perform at the LMC. I can’t be sure of the date – 1984, 85 or 86 is my best guess.

  10. 10 continuo December 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I didn’t know that, but it would make sense, after all.
    Thanks for your comment, Jonathan.

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