1401 Rodolphe Alexis | Stéphane Rives : Winds Doors Poplars
I Warehouse Doors
Field recordings from l’Usine, artistic residency centre in Tourneufeuille, France, 2012
Field recordings from the line Györ-Pannonhalma, Hungary, 2012
III The Poet House
Field recordings from La casa del Poeta, Trasmoz, Spain, 2010
IV Solid Steel Sculpture
Field recordings from l’Usine, Tourneufeuille, France, 2012
Field recordings around Pannonhalma’s arboretum, Hungary, 2012
Wind Doors Poplars is an experimental composition project initiated by Rodolphe Alexis. It brings together materials ruled by different natures and approaches.
First, the preexisting "recorded sounds": field recordings collected over a year and set as a frame for composition.
Then the "given sounds": a minimalist improvised instrumental gesture by Stephane Rives, bearing his distinctive solo signature. This material was recorded as a "Reminicence”, with absolutely no connection to the above-mentioned sonic framework.
The compositional stage was an attempt to reinstate our elementary listening process towards both sets of sounds, in a broad perspective that questions the very act of listening and the mechanism of improvisation.
This is not a "musical" project in the classical sense, in which we would have sought to skillfully and effectively bring together separate textures. Each element exists independently, within its own register and raw power. This new syntax can, indeed, generate a listening shift towards a new territory.
- Stephane Rives & Rodolphe Alexis
Saxophone on all tracks was recorded at Tunefork Studios, Beyrouth.
Soprano saxophone : Stephane Rives
Field recordings & editing : Rodolphe Alexis
Graphic Layout : R.A
Audio CD, 6 panels digipak
Release date: April 2014
12 Euros + shipping order
Eric La Casa / Cédric Peyronnet : Zones Portuaires
Battus / Marchetti / Petit : La Vie Dans Les Bois
Pascal Battus : Simbol / L'Unique Trait D' Pinceau
Eric Cordier / Seijiro Murayama : Nuit
Eric La Casa : W2 [1998-2008]
Jean-Luc Guionnet : Non Organic Bias
Eric La Casa / Cédric Peyronnet : La Creuse
Eric Cordier : Osorezan
M.u.r.m.e.r. : Framework 1 - 4
Lasse-Marc Riek : Harbour
Field recordist Rodolphe Alexis already had some releases, and here he works with Stephane Rives, the soprano saxophone player. They work strictly separated from each other; the two have no connection in a studio. At least that's what I understand. The two have been sticking their musical pieces together quite randomly. It works together quite well, I think. On the one hand these field recordings, all described on the cover, recorded between 2010 and 2012 in France, Hungary and Spain and which have a fine texture. The rumblings of gates, wind, railway lines and such like work great with the saxophone playing of Rives. In 'Autorail' it's very lengthy, very noisy almost in a sine wave like manner, and sometimes almost like being entirely absent in 'Poplars'. Perhaps only in 'The Poets House', we hear the saxophone more dominantly than the field recordings. This could a hit and miss release, but I think in these five pieces it works wonderfully well. The whole John Cage/random approach wasn't also convincing to me, but obviously there is a possibility I am wrong. This might be such a case.
- Frans De Waard -