Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Exotica - instrument inventors

From the 1999 book 'Exotica. Fabricated soundscapes in a real world' by David Toop:

"Noise for the machine age mixed with the echoes of magical rites and ancient court ceremonies. Alongside the futurism of electronics, percussion emerged from centuries of intellectual purdah as a major new multiple instrument for the first half of the century. The newly invented jazz drum kit took its place among ritual drums of Cuba, Africa, Haiti and Brazil, shakers and rattles of Central and South America, scrapers from Mexico, gongs from Burma, xylophones and marimbas from Africa, tuned percussion from Bali and Java.

Then there were the unique inventions from numerous instrument inventors: Harry Partch and his Spoils of War, Zamo-Xyl and Mazda Marimba; Luigi Russolo and his Intonarumori; Harry Bertoia's Sonambient gongs and metal rods; the Baschet Brothers and their chronophagic Structures Sonores - the Crystal, the Glasshorn, the Tubes Graves, the Grille a Echo."

Here is a video Harry Bertoia's Sound Sculptures:

Here is a video of Catherine Brisset playing the Braschet brothers' Crystal; with Gilles Dalbin on percussion.

Here is a short video of a reconstruction of Russolo's Intonarumori by the Russolo Ensemble:

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