Hugo Weris – Nouvelle Recette

Hugo Weris - Nouvelle Recette cassette cover
Nouvelle Recette inlay (1)Nouvelle Recette inlay (2)
Hugo Weris - Nouvelle Recette cassette side A

Parisian cassette label La Fondation started in 1981 as a collective including experimental film makers, radio producers, musicians and contemporary artists. They first released a pair of compilation cassettes and, later in the 1980s, solo efforts by the likes of new-wave singer Nini Raviolette or the Residents-inspired Les Frères Lefdup, a duo including Alain Burosse. The collective became famous in France in the mid-1980s, when Burosse produced short films and soundtracks for avant-pop French TV programs Haute Tension and L’Oeil du Cyclone. Under the “L.D. Track” alias, Hugo Weris composed some of the music for Nini Raviolette’s new-wave songs, including the hit Indicateur Ou Dragueur. As a solo artist, Weris released four cassettes on La Fondation: Nouvelle Recette (198?), Dessert (198?), Bonne Année (1985) and Bzz (1992). This post offers my own rip of Nouvelle Recette, yet the tracks are different from the sound files offered by La Fondation’s website for the same cassette.

The music blends synthesizer, sequencer loops, musique concrète and found sounds, typical of hometaping releases of the 2nd half of the 1980s. More peculiar is the great lyricism with which Weris infuses his minimalist keyboard playing and the vintage gearing used (apparently a VCS3), so that the music evokes both Brian Eno’s Music for Films and ZNR’s Barricades 3. Another original touch is the addition of found sounds or kitchenware recorded at home – hence the title, meaning New Recipe. There’s also a remarkable tape loop lifted from an old movie on track #9, where a French actress endlessly repeats “Embrasse-moi” (or Kiss me) on a background of static noise, creating a rather moving moment of pure Hauntology.

17 tracks

Total time 60mn
Cassette released by La Fondation, Paris, France, 198? (~1985-1990)


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3 Responses to “Hugo Weris – Nouvelle Recette”

  1. 1 Le sot May 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Great cooking, no ?

  2. 2 continuo May 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Well, the chef is a master.

  3. 3 Le sot May 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Merci, you too.

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