// Duos

 
10 04 14

Little Brother (Become Big Brother)

R.I.P. Amiri Baraka. Another Lump200 Bamboo Session live recording. Without bamboo. But with Moritz Baumgaertner on Drums.

Little Brother from rene desalmand on Vimeo.

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16 07 12

Le miroir qui revient qui revient – radio piece

“Le miroir qui revient qui revient” is a piece of radio art I composed and produced for Deutschlandradio Kultur in collaboration with Michael Wertmüller (drums) and Elektroakustisches Studio,  Akademie der Künste. It is going to be broadcasted on August 17th at 00:05 a.m. The piece takes 50 minutes and 18 secounds. Below you will find two extracts and parts of the concept.

 

miroir excerpt 1

 

„ [...] toute réalité est indescriptible, et je le sais d’instinct : la conscience est structurée comme notre langage (et pour cause!), mais ni le monde ni l’inconscient; avec des mots et des phrases, je ne peux représenter ni ce que j’ai devant les yeux, ni ce qui se cache dans ma tête, ou dans mon sexe.“  Alain Robbe-Grillet: Le miroir qui revient

 

Le miroir qui revient

With „Le miroir qui revient“ Robbe-Grillet opens the genre of autobiography, he exposes memory as construction whose emphasis – compared to the memorized event or situation – shifts dreamlike. Fragments of memory differ in acuity, speculation and fiction breaks through. Attitude is reflected, Robbe-Grillet’s and the one of some close ones and some remote ones, in his familiy and in literature.
In „Le miroir qui revient“ the variations that have led to a kind of serial arrangements of scenes in Robbe-Grillet’s earlier work occur as variations of breaks. The broken material is like stranded goods fished out of the sea of percieved situations and aspects, only its combination reveals the subtext.

 

Le miroir qui revient qui revient

I suggest a composition of original tone and music that mirrors Robbe-Grillet’s composition of text layers and perspectives and that understands itself as a complement to the text. The text does not occur as language in the piece but as form and in forms and as a grid of links and breaks.

Can there be a similar relation between music and original tone like there is between fiction and perception? Can music reveal additional aspects of the ghosts Robbe-Grillet places in and around the Atlantic? Do that for the musicians have to dig in their own (musical) chasms?

 

miroir excerpt 2

 

Procedure, material, staff

A formal analysis of the text concerning its layers, their diffusion and the spread of the breaks is done. The record of these relations will provide the architecture for the musical and tonal score. Field recordings are done in the Bretagne and in the Jura – one rough main scene and one mossy and undulating side scene in the bio-/mythography. Both are border regions, once between solid and fluid and once between two countries (RG mentions a hotel that exactly is built on the frontier and where he spent some holidays when he was a child).
I will look for voices of the sea, voices of the landscape and voices of people who have a certain relatedness with locations and motifs appearing in the text. Some of those recordings will already be manipulated musically.

The original tone will be arranged according to the formal matrix of the text. Based on this arrangement as well as on RG’s motifs that have been translated into acoustics I will write instructions for drums and saxophone. Thereby the main focus remains on a versatile and permeable boundary between original tone and music: How and where can arise music from the field recordings? How must the algorithms for recording, improvising and playing be designed in order to vary the relation between music and original tone? Can music simulate the original tone?

Until this point I will be in charge of all work. Michael Wertmüller joins me and we record drums and saxophone in the electroacoustic studio of the Akademie der Künste. Michael plays the drums and I play the saxophone.

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The entire piece can be heard @ sonoshpere.

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31 01 12

Miroir edit

Voilà an early edit of the secound recording session with Wertmüller for the radio piece “Le miroir qui revient qui revient” (Deutschlandradio/Desalmand):

miroir in progress

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05 01 12

Miroir recording session II

I have written a couple of beats and variation stuff for a secound recording session with Michael Wertmüller. We are in my little studio for two days. I manipulate the drums while WM is playing, I play just few saxophone. Some edits with material of this very session can be heard here.

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26 05 11

Recording session with Wertmüller at AdK

This session initiates a radio play after a text of Alain Robbe-Grillet. I will come back to this project later. Michael Wertmüller plays the drums, we record at the electroacoustic studio of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Here you find an extract of the session.

Desalmand/Wertmüller: session extract 1

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03 05 11

Concerns corners

Lump200 in the corner in the corner, original picture by Gabriela Löffel

This is a project that waits for further realisation and publication. Gabriela Löffel took a picture of mine standing in the corner on an iron board for flowers. Then the print is folded and presented in the corner of the showroom. No pictures on the walls but in the corners.
If you run a gallery and want to produce this project just say hello.

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27 03 11

Animal talk I

Let the birdie sit on your fingers. Talk to the birdie.

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10 11 10

Duo with Kalle Kalima

I make another duo recording session. This time my counterpart is Kalle Kalima on guitar. The aim is to explore the means of communication and organisation. We don’t fix the structures but agree on roles for each instrumentalist.
Here is a short extract from the session.

Desalmand/Kalima: session extract

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12 09 09

Journées artistiques

This is the site of two neighbours. Please find some very funny and helpful stuff there.

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21 02 09

Live with Michael Stauffer

I play a duo show with poet Stauffer at –able in Berlin. We have done several gigs like this since 1997. I remember at least two of them at Café Kairo in Bern, one at Rote Fabrik, Zürich, a public livingroom in Schaffhausen, an unplugged gig at Kunstmuseum des Kantons Thurgau. Today it sounds like this.

Desalmand/Stauffer: three live exerpts

Desalmand/Stauffer: ässe

Desalmand/Stauffer: zöueli

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