[microsound-announce] NEW CD // Philippe Petit : OFF TO TITAN (a rework of Gustav Mahler's first symphonic poem)
Philippe-Petit at wanadoo.fr
Tue Jul 27 07:22:11 EDT 2010
OFF TO TITAN
(a rework of Gustav Mahler's first symphonic poem)
AN EXTRACT there:
KARL Records / Format: CD + Digital (from sept. 3rd on)
Philippe Petit: turntables + electronics
Kumo (Jono Podmore): theremin + electronics
"Post-Classical" soundtrack FOR FANS OF Gustav Mahler – Philip Jeck –
Bernhard Herrmann - Luis & Bebe Barron's "Forbidden Planet" - Kumo...
In a previous century Gustav Mahler composed a symphony named "Titan".
Created in search of a work that echoed industrialism and society in
the nineteenth century. Philippe Petit believed that even if firmly
rooted into Classical it was announcing what Contemporary music would
become so it sounded natural to recontextualize, add new flavours by
having something constantly modern in there.
Philippe began work on a recording of the original symphony - re-
editing, time-stretching, distorting, filtering. He then sent the
result to Jono Podmore as a backing track. Who began work with his
theremin and electronics by identifying areas he could enhance or
develop or even alienate further from their original form, and then
set to work improvising and layering new material into the piece,
mindful of the collage aesthetic in Mahler's work. Jono sent the
results to Philippe who began mixing both works and further processing
In a way reminiscent of "2001, A Space Odyssey" offering romantic
music in an ultra modern design which set the orchestra in a new
A little bit like if Bernhard Herrmann had scored the glorious
"Forbidden Planet" sci-fi classic, listening to the soundtrack, the
Titan you're heading for is Saturn's biggest moon!
May the stars be with you...
The backing track is now being transcribed for full orchestra by David
Plate in Köln as both intend to play the piece live: Philippe Petit
and Kumo on electronics with a full symphony orchestra - it should be
quite an event...
A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical
activist, PETIT now celebrates his 25th year of sharing his musical
passions Pursuing a tradition he had started with his "Reciprocess"
project, given away with The Wire magazine issue 301, Petit is
benefiting from the talent of Jono Podmore, aka KUMO, who has been
part of the electronic scene since the 80's and collaborates with
Irmin Schmidt from the legendary Can.
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