Lionel Marchetti and Yôko Higashi
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In the mirror motionless like a ring
I see a fleeing light, she disappears
from the world, so great is her speed
that one sees of her nothing but the
void she leaves.
— Pier Paolo Pasolini
A musique concrète composition, produced between 2007 and 2009. Pétrole features contributions from Dominique Repecaud (electric guitars) and Axel Dörner (trumpet) alongside
the esoteric talents of Bertrand Sinapi (the whistler), Rocco Calaudi (Harley Davidson conductor), Kinuko Higashi (whip) and Yuko Higashi (Citroen CX 2000) amongst others. With thanks
to Akin Fernandez, Daido Moriyama
and Hisako Motoo.
I have always found it quite hard to write about musique concrète without just repeating the same thoughts over and over. I never really hear much in the
way of tension, or obviously emotive expression in this area of music, and generally just enjoy [its] architectural elements. The fourth track here is a good example. A hammering rhythm gives way to a loud, unidentifiable noise a bit like
a fairground ride layered many times
over, then suddenly a motorbike, a loud bang and the distressing sound of a girl seemingly short of breath is set against
a swirl of wind sounds. It all comes thick and fast, and is put together well to give the music a strong sense of propulsion, and my pleasure comes from that sense of not knowing where it will go next,
what will appear on the next page of
the scrapbook. Marchetti is probably my favourite exponent of the concrète genre these days, and while his music often contains the more predictable elements of this area of composition he somehow also maintains some degree of vitality
in his work that still attracts me. The recordings here sound crisp and fresh, and the use of sudden disparate elements in the music keep things from drying up into complete predictability.
Pétrole is indeed a lot of fun, but it is
also a very nicely crafted piece of work, as good a piece of modern musique concrète as you are likely to hear.
Richard Pinnell at The Watchful Ear