lunes, 5 de agosto de 2013

Trevor Wishart ‎– Journey Into Space (1973)



Escribiendo una reseña para el disco de Rashad Becker, me he acordado de esta bendita joya de exploración sonora electroacústica de uno de los compositores pioneros en el Reino Unido como fue Trevor Wishart. Obra Maestra y un absoluto viaje donde 48 músicos (alumnos) están acreditados en las distintas grabaciones.Amantes de AMM,Steve Beresford, Basil Kirchin, Jon Rose, Graham Lambkin-The Shadow Ring, etc. aquí tienen un filón imposible

"This album truly is something different. Predating Wishart's excellent "Red Bird" (reissued in the 1990s on the CD Red Bird/Anticredos), Journey Into Space was composed over the course of three years (1970-1972) and self-released the next year in the form of two separate LPs sold by the composer himself.
In early 2002, the Paradigm label reissued the complete work on one CD. With its total duration of 79 minutes (quite ambitious in those days) and its then-unique amalgam of concrete sounds, tampered bits of free improvisation, and scored musical events, the work stands out. Yes, as Wishart himself points out in the new liner notes, some transitions are crude. Someone listening to it without a historical perspective could easily find many examples of naïve sound juxtapositions and overtly explicit symbolism (especially when compared to the complex networks of symbols found in "Red Bird").
Nevertheless, the piece still holds a pioneering freshness and commands respect. Plus, those who prefer tape compositions that follow a narrative will be charmed by the underlying allegory that takes listeners from a "Birth Dream" to a "Journey" in which a man's "day in the life" parallels a rocket launching and the eventual expanded understanding of life found in the metaphysical "Arrival."
The space theme, most probably inspired by Neil Armstrong's moonwalk (still a news event when Wishart started to work on this) is what dates the piece. Furthermore, it gives it some sort of psychedelic aura — the sequence in which the man wakes up and prepares to go to work can't help but recall Pink Floyd's "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast." The instrumental passages include contributions from a cast of York University alumni, including students Jonty Harrison and Steve Beresford. Despite its flaws, Journey Into Space remains a fascinating listen and an important document from a key period in avant-garde music history. — François Couture "

"Trevor Wishart 
Born  1945 in Leeds, England 

Trevor Wishart has begun his active career as a composer of orchestral and electro-acoustic music, but his interests soon diverge to the computer and the human voice. Even if some of his works have won prestigious prizes, Wishart will also be remembered for his important advancement in computer-based sound processing technology and his implication in community arts and music education. The late '90s saw his popularity rise among avant-garde circles, leading to the reissue of part of his discography and the recording of new works.
Wishart was born 1946 in Leeds, England. He grew up there and would spend most of his working life in Northern England. Little is known about his musical upbringing, but he started to work with recorded sounds in 1969, in reaction to the death of his father. Abandoning traditional composition, he began collecting sounds of machinery. 

The 1970s saw him very active, splitting his time between electro-acoustic composition, site specific projects ("Beach Singularity," 1977), work with amateur and community groups (he collaborated with Interplay, a team of music street workers), and the development of new workshop techniques. This fertile period yielded "Red Bird," a compelling tape work five years in the making (1973-1977) that first expressed his fascination with sound transformation. The piece was awarded a Euphonie d'Or by the Bourges Festival.

During the 1980s, Wishart focused on developing composing tools for the computer. Begun during a passage at the IRCAM studios in 1986, his series of sound transformation software instruments are available as part of the Composers Desktop Project. Wishart's interest in avant-garde music has always been coupled with a desire to create it and the means to make it available to the general public. His software, tailored to be easy-going and resource-savvy, is just another way of achieving his goals.

Composer residencies in Australia, Canada, Holland, Berlin, and the U.S.A. allowed him to introduce his works to different audiences. All the while he developed a series of educational musical games published as Sounds Fun and Sounds Fun 2 and later translated in Japanese. Workshops with Contemporary Music for Amateurs, the Firebird Trust, the London Sinfonietta and Sonic Arts Network led to participatory multimedia projects in Japan, Scandinavia, and the U.K. 

After a period of writing for the human voice (the "Vox" cycle), Wishart came back to electro-acoustic composition in the 1990s with "Tongues of Fire" (Golden Nica at the Ars Electronica competition in 1995) and the Voiceprints cycle (also the title of a CD released in 2000). He is also the author of two books on sound transformation: Sonic Art (1985) and Audible Design (1994). — François Couture"