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DONZEL-GARGAND, BERNARD - Still to be a Storyteller

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Monochrome Vision (mv29)
Release Year: 2009
Note: anthology of 20 years of music from this influential electro-acoustic composer from France; lim. 500 copies
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"No easy listening" hier von dem bisher nur durch eine CD auf PLATE LUNCH hervorgetretenen franzsischen Komponisten, dafr offenbart sich gleich ein ganzes Universum an schrger Geruschkunst und weirden Klngen, alles sehr lebendig & berfordernd, viele field recordings & original Zitate werden benutzt & verfremdet, seltsame elektronische Sounds sind berall, das kommt uns manchmal vor wie die Schnittmenge aus BRUME, NURSE WITH WOUND und ASMUS TIETCHENS, viel weniger klassisch "elektro-akustisch" als das vielleicht bei seinem Werdegang zu vermuten gewesen wre.

"The 20 years anthology of creative work from the french composer,consisting of only previously unreleased material. Fantastic soundscapes, drawing images without any visual similarities and presenting the best ever sense of acousmatic music.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
Bernard Donzel-Gargand is the unique musician and composer. He is a celebrity in Annecy but unfortunately less known abroad, especially
because he published just one CD of fabulous works on Plate Lunch in 2001. Before discovering electroacoustic music in 1978, he participated in the free jazz movement and improvised music. Since that, he is the author
of acousmatic music, works for animation, dance and interactive contemporary art. In 1981, he founded the Collectif & Cie studio, together
with Philippe Blanchard, Alain Basso, Philippe Moenne-Loccoz, and Peter Ernrooth, amongst others. Later on, with Philippe Blanchard he founded Studio Forum and the yearly festival "Le Bruit de la Neige". Bernard was born in 1955 and composing the music since 70s, he knew personally Pierre Schaeffer and received some prizes at GMEB concours in Bourges.
He influenced Blanchard a lot, and his music was perfect example for many other young musicians in Annecy. But his musical career was not so active, because Bernard prefers to work alone in his studio rather than promote his music for publicity. But his works can be compared with the best electroacoustic music coming from France, and his name should be
mentioned with celebrities like Michel Chion, Xavier Garcia, Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari and Francois Bayle. His pieces are breathtaking
and transcending the sense of time.
'Bernard was my teacher there during 5 years between 1983 and 1988. With his help, I learned all inventives and sophisticated events in the sound art. I remember we have met together Pierre Schaeffer at a memorable concert that drew our way up to today. In such pieces as "Eloge de la folie" or "Erasme 1509", his music starts from a thought and constructs philosophical idea suggested by Mary, who was his muse for many years and until today, they used to travel together in the limbo land of the
universe and more beyond... Poetic! - it's the best word to explain the music of Bernard, his stretches of tones, sounds from nature, animals,
thunder, crazy cycle and subtle combinations of electronic sounds and field recordings. I also remember this early morning when we were waiting
for the rumour of a hunting horn in the distance of country, only to have a new life experience. For over ten years, we have established the Studio Forum and the Festival "Le Bruit de la Neige", this is a place where we work and develop our ideas, for which we may die one day! And defend also all projects of composers we invite each year. Finally, it is pure pleasure to be lost elsewhere in Bernard's music, primitive chaos, a confused state of the
elements that preceded the creation of the world. I hope this CD will interest a large audience because Bernard Donzel-Gargand is a unique composer and storyteller!'
Philippe Blanchard, May 2009 " [full press-release]

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