Olivier Capparos and Lionel Marchetti
Livre des morts
Composed in 2002–3 in the studios of Capparos and Marchetti
and at Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts as the
soundtrack to the Éric Pellet film Livre des morts.
“The Book of the Dead is a musical journey along the path
that we all must travel when, as humans, we confront our
Olivier Capparos is an instrumental and electro-acoustic composer
whose work encompasses philosophy and literature as well as music.
Many of his compositions are focused on voice and its interpretation
through loudspeakers. Capparos was composer in residence at the
INA-GRM in Paris (2001), the Studio National des Arts Contemporains
du Fresnoy (2002–3), and at the Argos Center in Bruxelles (2004).
He has composed and conducted works for chamber orchestra,
voice (soprano), violin, and piano, and has co-produced many other
recordings and radio broadcasts with Lionel Marchetti throughout
their long association.
Lionel Marchetti was born in France in 1967. His interest in music
resides in the qualities of sound. He started to experiment by him-
self and later discovered the rich French corpus of musique concrète
through Xavier Garcia. He is one of a handful of artists who in the
mid-to-late 1990s took electro-acoustic music out of academic
studios and into the free improvisation ring. A scholar who worked
at the CFMI (Lyon) and INA-GRM studios and published a book on
acousmatic composer Michel Chion, Marchetti developed a set-up
of microphones and loudspeakers he uses on stage along with tape
recorders, prepared CDs, motors and radios. He often refers to
his instruments as an ‘electro-acoustic contraption’. His musique
concrète studio work incorporates sound collage and academic
electro-acoustic composition, though the level of poetry and refusal
of genre boundaries in his music puts him closer to Kristoff K. Roll
and Luc Ferrari than Pierre Henry or Bernard Parmegiani.
Following his encounter with Metamkine label owner and fellow
sound experimentalist Jérôme Noetinger in the early 1990s,
a series of live and improvisation-based projects would run parallel
to his more academic career. The Marchetti-Noetinger duo was
the first of such projects and remains the longest lasting one.
[Lionel Marchetti biography courtesy of François Couture]