BOBINE VIDE

Laurent FaironBimestrialFridays9PM - 11PM

Bobine Vide (Empty Reel) is exploring hidden resonances of contemporary electronics with found sounds, ethnic musics and the voice of contemporary artists (poet, dancer, performer). Animals welcome.

Planète-Concrète is both an homage to, and an investigation of, the occult dimension found in French music and spoken word from the second half of the 20th century, emphasizing both the cosmic and musique concrète riches of the period. It was premiered as a continuous 2-hour-mix on LYL Radio in July 2019 with additional music not included on this Bandcamp album, where old out of print releases, private pressings and public domain material has been selected.

The title refers to writer and publisher Louis Pauwels (1920-1997), famous co-author of Le Matin des Magiciens (The Morning of the Magicians, 1960) and publisher of Planète magazine, 1961-71. Through numerous activities, Pauwels explored ancient mysteries in various civilizations from the past as well as modern occultism found in contemporary science, art and literature. In fact, Pauwels’ unique vision inspired the whole Planète-Concrète project. The opening track features his voice from a 1963 conference titled Introduction au Réalisme Fantastique (Introduction to Magic Realism, my translation).

Accordingly, the rest of the album was build on samples and excerpts from obscure LPs in my record collection, be it Rosicrucian or Yoga records, mystic musicians like Sri Danesh and Antoine Tisné, or avantgarde, private press releases by Alain Louvier, Armand Lemal, Patrice Boyer or Théatre Aleph. The sounds of harpsichord and carillon reappear repeatedly throughout Planète-Concrète like a dotted line, their abundant harmonics representing a bridge between cosmic and avantgarde music, a quality also found in the Ondes Martenot, here featured (tr.#7) in a cut-up of Antoine Tisné’s boisterous score for the instrument, Visions des Temps Immémoriaux (1972).

Central piece L’Hermaphrodite contains the voices of a couple of 1950s French actors reading a famous passage from proto-Surrealist writer Comte de Lautréamont’s masterpiece Les Chants de Maldoror (1869). The curious poem –a queer manifesto avant la lettre– is used as an excuse for grotesque reverb, insane synth sounds and heavily transformed vocals. The original LP, issued in the 1950s, features music concrète interjections by Michel Philippot, a member of Pierre Schaeffer’s Groupe de Recherches Musicales at the time.


Le collectionneur et producteur parisien Laurent Fairon revient sur nos ondes pour une nouvelle édition de Bobine Vide, étalant deux heures galopantes de musiques expérimentales, aventureuses, anciennes et contemporaines..


The Carribean Situationist is an exploration of vernacular musics and poetry from Haiti, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados, taking advantage of two invaluable online resources: Jamaica Musical Passage, with rare examples of 17th century folk music, and Radio Haiti Archives, collecting exceptional shows from the 1970s and 80s. The Carribean Situationist is a personal interpretation of the archipelago’s sound world, an aural travelogue encompassing traditional and modern music styles, spoken word, rhythm loops and electronic processing. The title comes from a 1973 anarchist LP named “None Shall Escape ñ Caribbean Situationist versus Trevor Menroe”, compiling conversations and informations on Carribean workers’ struggles ca. 1966-73.

Jamaica Musical Passage

Radio Haiti Archives


Le collectionneur parisien Laurent Fairon (ex-Continuo Docs) retrouvent nos ondes pour sa bimestrielle “Bobine Vide”, continuant d’explorer les potentiels de musiques contemporaines, expérimentations pionnières, interprétations discrètes et autres aventures électroniques, vocales, poétiques.


Le producteur et collectionneur parisien Laurent Fairon revient pour deux nouvelles heures de divagations sonores, entre musiques expérimentale, avant-gardiste, poétique, métaphorique et radicales.


Écoutez la dernière édition de Bobine Vide avec Laurent Fairon, entre expérimentations électroniques, vocales, folk, avec Balladur, Joan La Barbara, Lica Cecato et plus.


Continuo Docs (R.I.P.) founder, producer and archivist Laurent Fairon is back with the third and final installment of this season’s Bobine Vide (Empty Reel), delivering two hours of complex electronic avant-garde, experimental, dark ambient..


Paris-based collector and producer Laurent Fairon gets back to our station with a new two-hours session of experimental soundscapes collage, featuring contemporary and vintage works.


Listen back to Laurent Fairon playing experimental, avant-garde, spoken-word and more from Martin Janicek, Total Control, Rian Treanor, Coma Berenices, Nalini Malani…


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