To mark the publication of my book Partitions pour piano / Piano Scores
(14 solos and 1 duet, 286 pages of scores), I invited artists to interpret some of the pieces transcribed there. The scores were written in September 2018, from transpositions, into MIDI files, of some of my electronic pieces (loops generated automatically by a circuit-bent electronic toy) and electroacoustic improvisations. Most of the original versions of these sound art pieces have appeared on various compilations since 2015, and some are also included in my EP Le Labyrinthe de la Mort Symétrique (2016).
The participants could also work from recordings of these keyboard pieces and from MIDI files. This new project, titled Davidurgic Neadors: Playing David Nadeau's Compositions, has been released on the Camembert Électrique netlabel, formerly known as No Records. Two fellow ECers have participated in this project: William Davison and Frank Audiffret.
William Davison, the musician behind The Bim Prongs, was inspired solely by the score’s visual look and the title of “Two Chospticks And A Mixing Bowl”.
Frank Audiffret, Lavie Chabon and Olivier Nadeau respectively worked from MIDI files of “La Schola de Beauport”, “Un fluide irradie l’univers connu” and “Attached To A Frying Pan And A Butter Knife”.
Wilfried Hanrath was inspired by some of my keyboard pieces (“Ardent Demiurgic Creators”; “Les prophètes chancellent”, “Une pluie comme les autres?”; “La tonalité des méridiens”, “Sacrum Imperium De Meum Imaginatione”) and their scores for the pieces he played in association with the singer of Humanfobia, the guitarist Bill Boethius, and within the Hauchzart Ensemble. Wilfried plays piano, bass, saxophone and drum!
Muwn (Federico Bixert) extracted MIDI data from the audio files of “Holographic Corridor III”, which is the result of the saving as a wav file of a MIDI keyboard piece that is itself the transposition of a circuit-bending electronic music piece! You follow me? Federico then reworked this MIDI data, using virtual instruments. He also created a rhythmic part from the audio file.
I'm not sure, but I think that Yan Pillas practiced a sound collage from the piece “Ardent Demiurgic Creators”, to which he would afterward add effects.
Marco Marongiu describes his piece as a “kind of (partially) atonal composition for prepared piano”. He has deconstructed the different scores, in search of musical fragments that could be used in his interpretation of my musical material. These “musical cells” were then modified in their duration, and sometimes subjected to random operations, in order to be assigned/distributed to various instruments. At the time of post-production, in order to expand the sound space further and focus on some partition and timbre repetitions, Marco applied audio processors, particularly delays, distortions and compressors.
Davidurgic Neadors: Playing David Nadeau's Compositions
can be listened to and downloaded on the Camembert Électrique Bandcamp page.
The book Partitions pour piano / Piano Scores
can be downloaded from La vertèbre et le rossignol’s blog
Artwork © Sonya Rademeyer
1. THE BIM PRONGS - Two Chospticks And A Mixing Bowl
2. FRANK AUDIFFRET - La Schola de Beauport
3.LAVIE CHABON - Un fluide irradie l'univers connu
4. THE HAUCHZART ENSEMBLE - The Glinnis, reworking the piano music of David Nadeau
5. OLIVIER NADEAU - Attached To A Frying Pan And A Butter Knife
6. MUWN - Holographic Corridor III (MUWN Mix)
7. WILFRIED HANRATH feat. HUMANFOBIA - Yurei (reworking the piano music of David Nadeau)
8. YANN PILLAS - Davidurgic Neadors Ardemix
9. MARCO MARONGIU - Chromatographie fluide
10. WILFRIED HANRATH feat. BILL BOETHIUS - Piece For Peace (reworking the piano music of David Nadeau)