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MURCOF - The Versailles Sessions

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Leaf Records BAY67LP
Release Year: 2008
Note: lim. vinyl-version
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.50

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"Vom Barock zur Elektronik: Wassermusik des mexikanischen Elektronikers:
Seinen Titel verdankt das Album dem Ort, wo alljhrlich "Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes" stattfindet: das Sound-, Licht- und Wasser-Festival im wohl berhmtesten Schloss der Welt, dem Chteau de Versailles bei Paris. Der mexikanische Elektroniker Fernando Corona alias Murcof hat fr den groen Fontnenabend im Jardin de Roi extra eine Suite geschrieben, "The Versailles Sessions" dokumentiert das Ereignis. Die sechs Kompositionen fr das Projekt stammen alle aus dem 17. Jahrhundert (u. a. von Jean-Baptiste Lully, Franois Couperin) und wurden fr das Projekt von Barockmusikern auf Originalinstrumenten eingespielt. Was wie eine Verabschiedung von elektronischer Musik klingt, ist in Wahrheit eine Fortfhrung von Techniken, die Corona ber die Jahre entwickelt hat: die Verarbeitung bestehenden Materials - nur, dass dies jetzt aus dem 17. Jahrhundert stammt. "The Versailles Sessions" sollen dennoch nicht als Nachfolger des Albums "Cosmos" (2007) gesehen werden, eher als Zwischenprojekt zum 2009er-Werk "Ocano". Das Album erscheint auf CD sowie als Doppel-LP in limitierter Edition." [label info / Indigo]

"In the summer of 2007, Fernando Corona completed a site-specific commission for Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes, an annual festival of sound, light and water at Chteau de Versailles in France. A suite of music was composed specifically for the grand evening fountain display in the Jardin du Roi. The Versailles Sessions is an aural document of the event, to be released this winter on specially priced CD and limited edition double vinyl.
The six compositions prepared for the project derive entirely from recordings of 17th century baroque instruments (including harpsichord, viola da gamba, flute and violin) and a mezzo soprano. GetSound, who commissioned the project, hired musicians specialized in baroque music in Paris.
We recorded pieces by Lully, Couperin and others, says Corona of the sessions. They were played traditionally, but we also experimented quite a bit with the music and instruments. It was a great learning experience - the musicians were amazing - very open minded and willing to have fun.
The recording process may appear to be a departure for an artist known primarily as an electronic musician, but in fact its a continuation of techniques Corona has perfected over a number of years.
Its more or less done in the same fashion as my previous work: processing of previously recorded acoustic material. The only difference is the actual source material being so specific to 17th century baroque music and instruments. And since the recordings are the starting point of the composition process it naturally took me to a different place.
Coronas initial interpretations of the source material didnt quite go according to plan.
When we did a rehearsal about two weeks before the actual opening, it was pouring with rain so I wasnt able to make the necessary tests. But being there and seeing the space and the installations (big disco balls and video projections on water fountains), I realised I was going in the wrong direction musically.
The location demanded a different approach: more openness, more time for the sounds to develop and for them to resonate in that big space, so I went back home and during those remaining two weeks I reworked the whole commission into what it is now.
The recordings I used as source material are very rich and cover a wide range of timbres, so I had lots of options as to how to approach the music making process.
The Versailles Sessions should not be considered as the successor to 2007s monumental Cosmos, rather as a special project while we await Murcofs next album proper." [label info]