Editions Errant Bodies — coll. Critical Ear

Series of monographs featuring contemporary artists working with sound, experimental music and electronic media. The series highlights and documents the often under-represented field of sound art, with a view to fostering discourse on the subject and related auditory issues. The series articulates parameters while accentuating a diversity of approaches, bringing forward those whose work advances the use of sound through multi-media presentation and performance.

Liste des ouvrages de la collection Critical Ear :
Heimo Lattner, A Voice That Once Was In One's Mouth, 2013
Jacqueline Caux, Almost Nothing with Luc Ferrari, 2013

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A Voice That Once Was In One’s Mouth
Critical Ear Vol. 6 + CD, 2013

Heimo Lattner
(Critical Ear | édition anglaise)

Would it be a mistake to think that the concern to raise the voice has to do with a capacity that certain individuals have? Would it be a mistake to think that the inclination to speak up comes from a subject whose disposition is to doubt, query, be skeptical or be an inquisitive observer? Would it be a mistake to assume that the voice lies at the core of all social bonds?

This publication assembles six conversations recorded in Berlin between the artist Heimo Lattner and colleagues, focusing on the artist's research and practice. The conversations form a base for exposing key issues approached in Lattner's work, from Greek theater to city development, processes of displacement and gentrification to the re-interpretation and appropriation of cultural traditions, languages and ancient forms of communication and expression threatened by political and economical interests.

At the center of the conversations is the recurring theme of the voice, which Lattner's work queries as fundamental to issues concerning the formation of social and cultural identity. Lattner asks us to consider how the voice comes to carry contested meanings.

With Karolin Nedelmann, Moritz von Rappard, Judith Raum, Brandon LaBelle and Jassem Hindi.

Heimo Lattner is an artist working with film, video, performance, audio-play, room installation, installation and intervention in public space, drawing, cartography and writing. Since the late 90s he has also worked in the collective e-Xplo with Erin McGonigle and Rene Gabri, developing interventions in public space. Lattner is a founding member and co-operator of the project space General Public in Berlin. He is a guest lecturer at several universities in the fields of research-based art, public art and creative writing. He lives in Berlin.

Heimo Lattner, A Voice That Once Was In One's Mouth
(Critical Ear Vol. 6, 2013)

(textes en anglais)
14 x 21 cm / 174 pages, ill. n&b (broché) + CD
ISBN : 978-0-9827439-9-7
CHF 22,5 / EUR 17
(+ frais de port relatifs au pays de destination)


Almost Nothing with Luc Ferrari
Critical Ear Vol. 6, 2013

Jacqueline Caux
Interviews with texts and imaginary autobiographies by Luc Ferrari
(Critical Ear | édition anglaise)

Originally published in France in 2002, Jacqueline Caux’s Presque Rien avec Luc Ferrari is the first book to offer a comprehensive and insightful look into the work and career of one the most pioneering music composers of the second half of the 20th century. Errant Bodies Press is pleased to release the English edition translated by Jérôme Hansen.

True to the genre-defying career of Luc Ferrari, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 76, the book skilfully assembles original interviews conducted by the author with previously unpublished texts in which the composer reflects on some of his key works. The interviews are also interspersed with fourteen short "imaginary autobiographies", written from 1971 to 1997, and ranging from semi-factual accounts to more poetic, fictional, or even science-fictional pieces.

In her illuminating introduction, Jacqueline Caux starts by recounting some of the main achievements of this most libertarian, anti-dogmatic of artists, before identifying three constants throughout Ferrari’s tumultuous career: his passionate attention to the sounds of everyday life, his compositional use of chance and his emphasis on themes of intimacy and sensuality. In the first and more substantial chapter (History), musicologist François Delalande, composer Daniel Terrugi and musicologist Evelyne Gayou join the author to take Ferrari through his musical life, starting with his early years studying piano at the Conservatoire de Paris, where his teachers included Arthur Honegger and Olivier Messiaen. Tracing back his first encounter with fellow musique concrète pioneers Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, with which he would found the influential Groupe de Recherche Musicale (GRM), Ferrari offers a personal and richly evocative account of one of the most effervescent periods in modern music, culminating in the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and the official recognition of a new generation of experimental composers: Varèse, Cage, Xenakis, Stockhausen. Another major shift in his career occurs with his discovery of the use of unprocessed everyday sounds, leading to what is perhaps his most famous work, Presque Rien (1969). This compositional strategy, for which he coined the characteristically understated term "anecdotal music", allowed him to bring the social into the musical vocabulary – a radical artistic move appropriate for these politically radical times. Chapter Two to Five successively address Ferrari’s involvement in a variety of mediums, from instrumental composition and music theater, to radio art and even installation art. In the final chapter (Concepts), Jacqueline Caux asks the composer to elaborate on some of the key concepts that have guided his work: anecdotal, autobiography, chance, heterogeneity, heterozygote, freedom, narration, tautology, etc. The book concludes with the complete list of his works as well as discography.

Jacqueline Caux, Almost Nothing with Luc Ferrari
(Critical Ear Vol. 6, 2013)

(textes en anglais)
16 x 21,5 cm / 176 pages, ill. n&b (relié, couv. toilée, marque-page ruban)
ISBN : 978-0-9827439-1-1
CHF 29 / EUR 22
(+ frais de port relatifs au pays de destination)