Radio adaptation of the vinyl record « Sounds of
silence » by Matthieu Saladin, Patrice Caillet et Adam David.
(Frac Franche-Comté / Alga Marghen, avec le soutien des éditions Incertain
Radio Grenouille-Euphonia production team :
Jean-Baptiste Imbert, Chloé Despax, Margaux Wartelle, Alex-papi Simonini, Marine-Roya Sahabi Ghomi
An anthology of silence pieces from
the records history.
Silence is an anthology of some of the most intriguing silent tracks in
recording history and includes rare works, among others, by Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Maurice Lemaître, Sly
& the Family Stone, Robert Wyatt, John Denver, Whitehouse, Orbital, Crass, Ciccone Youth, Afrika Bambaataa,
Yves Klein, etc. In their own quiet way, these silences speak volumes: they are
performative, political, critical, abstract, poetic, cynical, technical,
absurd… They can be intended as a memorial or a joke, a special offer, or
something entirely undefined.
The carefully chosen silences of this anthology are intrinsically linked to the
medium of reproduction itself and reveal it's nude materiality. They expose
their medium in all its facets and imperfections, including the effect of time
and wear. At the most basic level, these silences are surfaces. And it is in
their materiality that they distinguish themselves from the conceptual
experiments of John Cage with 4'33". From the 1950s
silence has found a place in the economic structure of the record industry and
since then it would increasingly be appropriated by a vast array of artists in
a vast array of contexts. Indeed, the silent tracks seem to know no boundaries.
The LP presents the silences as they were originally recorded, preserving any
imperfection that the hardware conferred upon the enterprise, without banning
the possibility to satisfying the ear. The liner notes provide historical
background for each track, revealing the stated (or presumed) motivations for
these silences, while providing novel sound correspondences or interferences.
This album is meant to be played loud (or not), at any time, in any
place: a true aural experience.