18934Re: [avant-progressive] Re: Marcoeur
- Jan 18, 2006Alan
that was wonderful. Thanks for posting. It made me get up to play the CD
> "To record the car horns and the engines accelerating at the beginning[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> 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
> more fun.
> 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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