- Jan 18, 2006--- In email@example.com, "Frank Camiola"
>the first time. In short, I absolutely LOVE this stuff!
> I have just listened to Albert Marcoeur's first two albums today for
>You've got a lot of albums to go through yet, but if you love the
first two, you'll doubtless love all the others in due course.
Although some are a bit less intense than others, he hasn't done a bad
album yet - I'd say Sports st Percussions is his least essential, but
it still has its moments. But definitely get 'Celui ou a Joseph' which
I think is his masterpiece, and sounding even better in its CD edition.
As to the 'fart', I don't know -I would imagine he's blowing a
raspberry down a cardboard tube here. More interesting is the musical
car horn section at the beginning of the second album. The story of
this is on his website, but it's so good I'll post it here:
"To record the car horns and the engines accelerating at the beginning
of "Monsieur Lépousse", we had two solutions : either we recorded the
sounds separately on a portable tape recorder and transferred them
onto several tracks of two-inch tape, or we recorded everything at
once, live. Everyone felt the second solution was less tedious and
The five percussionists sat at the wheel of their instrument, parked
in a semi-circle for the stereo effect, and rehearsed the car-horn
bits, first silently, to spare the batteries
Mikes were placed near the engines and exhaust pipes and the five
"vehiclists" started their instruments.
As the sound of accelerating comes after one presses of the foot
pedal, we had to anticipate the commands by a semi-quaver, in order to
get the crescendos in the right places.
After a while, we couldn't breathe and had to turn off the engines.
Quick break. Quick cigarette! Ignition and back to work.
Today, we would have sampled all the sounds, we would have fed them in
at the right times and places. We would have spared ourselves the
fuming exhaustion and the exhaust fumes of engines that unfortunately
had never heard of unleaded petrol or catalytic converters."
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