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Unpublished, Le Paradis Blanc was recorded in 1983, it is also the music of the movie titled Le Paradis Blanc and directed by Etant Donnés the same year.
The film and music were part of a three days installation and performance of Etant Donnés in the ELAC (Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain) at the Fifth Symposium of Art Performance in Lyon in 1983 : one day for the construction of the installation, one day with a performance and one day for the destruction.
The film on the DVD is an edit made with the movies of the construction and the destruction of the installation.
This music like all first works of Etant Donnés was made without any instrument or effect but is the fruit of a long work on a raw sound material coming from nature field recordings and other source like TV, films, radio, streets, factorys, etc.La musique de cet album est celle des films de la construction et de la destruction de l’installation.
LE PARADIS BLANC 7’15’’
Mastering : Norscq
In 1977, Eric and Marc Hurtado founded Etant Donnés that quickly became essential in the field of experimental films, performance and experimental and industrial music, recording approximately 30 albums and counting numerous collaborations with major artists of the international music scene and cinema : Alan Vega, Genesis P.Orridge, Michael Gira, Lydia Lunch, Philippe Grandrieux, Mark Cunningham, Bachir Attar and the Master Musicians of Jajouka, etc.
Etant Donnés have played on various places like Documenta in Kassel, The Kitchen in New York, Matresss Factory Pittsburgh, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, Eurokaz in Zagreb, Sonar in Barcelona, Biennale of Lyon, Centre Pompidou, Foundation Cartier, Etrange Festival in Paris, Transmusicales de Rennes, Berlin Atonal, Berlin Prix Europa, Click festival in Denmark etc.
Bleu (1994) by Marc Hurtado is part of permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou and Jajouka, quelque chose de bon vient vers toi (2011) is part of permanent collections of the MoMA of New-York. In 2016, Nicole Brenez organize at the Cinémathèque française a retrospective dedicated to Marc Hurtado and part of an exhibition titled «Cinéma d’avant-garde. After 8 years of absence, the band was back on stage on may 2017 during the Click festival in Denmark and will perform again in september 2017 at The Festival Tower Transmissions in Dresde.
Very recently I mentioned seeing a festival in 1986 where Tasaday played (but I wasn’t sure I saw that), but also Coup de Grace, SBOTHI and Etant Donnes. Especially the later made an enormous impression on me. It was super loud, super exciting and very short. Maybe twelve minutes including the overwhelming classical music (by Manuel De Falla) that was right at the start. I was blown away and since then I looked and listened to the music and videos of the French brothers Hurtado differently. With their work after 1997 (or so) I have not so much connection; the whole aging rock star pose is not my cup of tea. The box set that Vinyl On Demand released of their earliest work however I found most enjoyable (not reviewed in Vital Weekly).
"Le Paradis Blanc was recorded in 1983 as part of a three-day festival in Lyon. On the first day they constructed an installation, the second day they performed and on the third day they destroyed the installation. The DVD contains an ‘edit made with the movies of the construction and the destruction of the installation". The whole film lasts seven minutes. The record, two parts of the title piece, lasts exactly two times twenty-two minutes and sixteen second, and contains that classic Etant Donnes sound. At least that’s the sound I remember from them. The vari-speed working of a reel-to-reel tape, which is used to record all sorts of sound on and layered onto each other, they make up some intense collage of musique concrete sound. It has a mighty fine lo-fi character, and we recognize a synthesizer here or there, among the loops glass breaking, vari-speed voices moaning and sighing as well as the slowed down layering of bricks. Well, that I figured out from seeing the DVD, in which they are making a construction with bricks and gravel, with the usual stroboscopic effects from time to time. The music that is part of the DVD sounds oddly enough a bit brighter than on the vinyl, which seems to be a bit more covered in dust, but I suggest you turn up the volume quite a bit and experience the raw power of Etant Donnes. Every now and then I play a bunch of their works, and this goes straight that pile ‘to be played again’ in the next round of music to hear again from this great duo. (FdW)