Cat.# … DNA 178 Release Date … 02.02.2016 Genre … Electroacoustic, Post-Concrete Type … FLAC Lossless
Black holes of the semantic space (les trous noirs de l’espace sémantique) are related to the dialogues of the deaf, a common activity on this strange planet.
In this album, the sounds come and go, hesitate, disappear and then they reappear more far in time. They are trying to avoid, but also they are scrambling to finally get lost in space, without even trying to harmonize.
These chaotic soundscapes act as a reflection of our society of hyper-communication in which the informations, the messages, all the words, and all the data get lost anywhere.
Nobody try to understand and everything always ends in a great dialogue of the deaf, each arguing for oneself, and ultimately the knowledge is lost in the black holes of the semantic space.
Tracks 1 to 7 recorded in November and December 2015; music by Berthelot.
Track 8 recorded in January 2016; music by Berthelot & Launay.
Cover by Hieronymus Bosch, «The Hell and the Flood» (detail).
Photos by Ironside. Sleeve design by Berthelot & Graph’Hypnotic.
Berthelot – Dans les cavernes du paléo-cortex (06:43)
Berthelot – Vision fugitive du hazard (04:09)
Berthelot – Fissures de rêveries dans les vitraux de la nef sud (08:14)
Berthelot – Verbiage Statique (03:46)
Berthelot – L’attrape-rumeurs (04:23)
Berthelot – La sciure du balancier intemporel (04:14)
Berthelot – Procédé chaotique de propagation sémantique (08:05)
Berthelot & Launay – Prolégomènes aux dialogues de sourds (07:26)
Cat.# … DNA 166 Release Date … 02.02.2015 Genre … Electroacoustic, Post-Concrete Type … FLAC Lossless
In French language, the word «limbe» (singular) represents the tangible in the fields of Astronomy (the disk edge of a celestial body), of Botany (the broad and flattened part of a leaf), and of the Mechanical Precision (the circular or semicircular edge engraved of a measuring instrument).
In the plural, «limbes», the word falls in both literary and psychological fields of abstractions. It becomes pale and dull (in speaking of a light), or it turns into uncertain states and touches the unconscious and the unreal.
If some people leave their dreams in the limbo of the awakening to better forget them, Berthelot strives to explore these limbo to facilitate the memory of his dreams. The sounds of «Mécanique des limbes» show this exploration in the uncertain states of awakening, where the real and the unreal are merged.
Cat.# … DNA 161 Release Date … 26.09.2014 Genre … Abstract, Electroacoustic Type … FLAC Lossless
««Chromatic Travels» explores the birth of light and colours in parallel with the infinite journey of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 beyond the borders of the solar system. This series of studies in electroacoustic music express the mystery of our universe at the core of unknown.
Heliopause: Heliopause was by pure chance finished composing the very day the news was given Voyager 1 had officially crossed the heliopause, the border of the solar system. I was very touched by this coincidence since this piece precisely expressed the journey of the Voyager space probes mission and their journey through the heliopause, the last edge before the interstellar regions.
Siralia: As soon as I had the news about Voyager 1 entrance in interstellar space, I composed this second piece expressing the mystery of this new journey in the unknown side the little space probe was the first human ship to explore it. For me, this was a great source of emotion since through Voyager 1, it is a part of mankind who now explores these regions of universe. The title comes from the name of the double star Sirius, one of of our «close» neighbours in the galaxy. It also refers to Stockhausen’s opera entitled “Sirus” as a poetic echo.
Study Of Black Matter: Our universe is supposed to be partly composed of a mysterious substance, invisible and exactly inverse to matter: black matter. This piece explores the spiritual essence of this substance as a secret inner light non one can feel, and as the source of all vision, light and colours experience veiled by this enigmatic reality.
Study Of White Matter: In this piece I imagined black matter’s core is composed of an enigmatic white matter, the white being the chromatic source of every colour.
Chromata: Chromata explores the birth of colours out of light, the opening of life and beauty through this mysterious source.
Monochromies: Monochromies are supposed to be one single colour objects, for instance in painting. Here the monochrome essence becomes secretly a principle of infinite chromatic creation, a symbol of the deep mystery of everything.
This album ends with a composition dedicated to the French electroacoustic music Bernard Parmegiani, one of my favourites, who died the 21th of November 2013. He had composed a long piece untitled «Creation of the World». My own composition is a ritual to celebrate him and accompany him to the mysterious border where the encounter with the white spiritual substance of everything begins. It is a way to end this album with a journey of soul in the unknown of the infinite.»
— Marc-Henri Arfeux
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Heliopause (04:16)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Siralia (08:51)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Study Of Black Matter (14:52)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Study Of White Matter (08:18)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Chromata (02:58)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – Monochromies (09:52)
Marc-Henri Arfeux – In Memoriam Bernard Parmegiani(08:14)
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