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JUILLARD, PIERRE - Haga

Format: mCD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Taalem alm 138
Release Year: 2021
Note: a mesmerising 22min. sound collage made of field recordings from the coast of Cherbourg, Normandie, France... - "the diversity of the sound spaces in this small part of the french coastline, a concentrate of biodiversity: cliffs, rocky foreshores, immense sand or pebble beaches, monumental dunes, salt meadows..." - we had to think of some TOY BIZARRE or ERIC LA CASA works, when the different environmental sounds are enmeshed in a new way....
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pierre juillard is a french naturalist exploring different sound territories, with different collaborators, from field recordings, sound poetry to free improvisation. his solo output is mainly focused on field recordings. "haga" is a fascinating mix of sounds recorded near cherbourg, france.

"the name 'haga' comes from norse, an ancient scandinavian language, and would mean 'closed place'. this piece is a collage of recordings made in cap de la hague near cherbourg in august 2019. i tried to capture the diversity of the sound spaces in this small part of the french coastline, a concentrate of biodiversity: cliffs, rocky foreshores, immense sand or pebble beaches, monumental dunes, salt meadows the history of the sites was also a common theme, from the fortifications of vauban to fossil bunkers, from semaphores watching the coastline to small craft harbours dear to jacques prvert. the beauty of this wild spaces, known as "the little ireland", hides another side: its one of the most endangered site on the planet, where massive amounts of nuclear waste are recycled" (pierre juillard)

recorded at saint-vaast-la-hougue, tatihou, urville-nacqueville, baie de quervire, pointe de jardeheu, cap de la hague, goury, baie d'ecalgrain, vauville, dunes de biville, dilette

composed and mixed in october-november 2019



https://taalem.bandcamp.com/album/haga-alm-138



"It has been a long time since I last reviewed music by Pierre Julliard; Vital Weekly 863, a collaborative work with Frederique Bruyas; before that, a 3"CDR on the Kaon label, Vital Weekly 811). Taalem calls him a "French naturalist exploring different sound territories, with different collaborators, from field recordings, sound poetry to free improvisation. His solo output is mainly focused on field recordings". The recordings for 'Haga' were made near Cherbourg, France. This is a harbour town with a long history, and Julliard found sounds near the sea, with sea waves, bird sounds, the beach, but also, so it seems near the fortress. Pointing his microphones in various corners of buildings, the resonances of the natural world come to us in a slightly different way. I would think that Juillard restricts his music to natural recordings and not to processing his sounds in any way. Various events flow right into each other or are mixed, so a vivid picture of the place arises. A fine work of pure field recordings." [FdW/Vital Weekly]