Pascal Le Gall-Landscapes 1. Pascal Le Gall-Landscapes
Vinyl record (EP - 33T- 10") / Duration : 20'46"
Pascal Le Gall
Pascal Le Gall is a "curious French percussionist of jazz and musical thinker. Composer of musique électroacoustic for himself and the choregrapher Bernardo Montet, he performed alone or with the musician Marc Baron".
"A carefully thought out, simple, clean but rich performance using really almost nothing, just a turntable, teach yourself foreign language LP’s, the impeccable timing of a percussionist, and an idea.
With the intense focus of a scientist fed up with pointless repetition, Pascal takes a scalpel to composition, improvisation and performance, and (with the most basic means) examines their sameness, and their miniscule but important differences. A riveting public dissection, his performances are, maybe you could say, allegories, in that an allegory (a symbolic representation of something else) builds away from itself, outwards, towards an idea. Totally non-literal, Pascal’s performances communicate the idea that improvisation and composition are harder to tell apart than you might think."
Pascal Le Gall - Landscapes (EP)
1 - Tribute to Bach (3:52)
2 - Interlude 1 (1:05)
3 - Landscapes (4:57)
1 - Interlude 2 (3:47)
2 - Tribute to Schubert (7:05)
Landscapes was mixed and recorded at the home studio of Pascal Le Gall in Tours march 2016.
Pascal le Gall : Électrophon Phillips (6 rpm), laptop.
Mastering : Mathias Delplanque
Photos : Willy Durand / www.rosesetpoireau.fr
Pascal le Gall wants to thank all the people who helped him with their support to continue its work with trust and serenity : Jacques and Émilia Le Gall, famille Hervault, Bernardo Montet, Patrice Grente, Loïc Blairon, Marc Baron, Antoine Daurès, Bernard Aimé, Patrice Semblat, Adrien Chiquet, Jean-François Landeau, Pierrick Menuau, François-Marie Texier, Stéphane Warnet, Daniel Humair, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Michel Macé, Alain Henry, Rémi Boinot, Sébastien Holtzener, Pascal Maupeu, Guillaume Bellanger, Didier Sallé, Éric Onillon, Paul Laurent, Thomas Lebrun, the book shop Le Livre and La Chapelle (Tours), Willy Durand, Armelle Pain, and all those who will recognize themselves…
PASCAL LE GALL - LANDSCAPES (10" by Warm)
"Just like the miniCD the 10" is a format of doom. Too little to be a full length, too much to be a single. Pascal Le Gall is called a 'curious French percussionist of jazz and musical thinker. Composer of musique electroacoustic for himself and the choreographer Bernardo Montet, he performed alone or with the musician Marc Baron'. On the cover of his 10" record Gall gets credit for playing 'Electrophon Philips (6rpm) and laptop', so looking at titles as 'Tribute to Schubert' and 'Tribute To Bach' (along with two 'interludes' and the title piece), knowing he plays an ancient record player, makes me believe that Le Gall puts on a record, reduces the speed to 6rpm and maybe there is some further transformation inside the laptop of the record that he is spinning. That he is actually spinning very slowly and listening to the two piano pieces one can't help thinking of Satie, but in the other three pieces, this all becomes more musique concrete version of Satie's work. One could say these pieces are also ambient, with their slowed down sounds, percussive/bell like in 'Landscapes' (I was thinking of John Cage here and his early foray in the land of using turntables as instruments; think 'Imaginary Landscape', the first and the fifth one, for instance) and in both interludes of a more obscure acoustic nature; the surface of the vinyl becomes an additional player in this music, as was to be expected. It's a neat little concept, I thought, and though not entirely new (I saw Jan van den Dobbelsteen once do a performance with a custom designed turntable spinning very slowly or Bionulor's computer treated piano music by Satie, see Vital Weekly 959), there is a fine sense of moodiness in these pieces. It is ambient music surely, but one with a bit of spice, a certain air of darkness; music that fits the ash grey, rainy day perfectly."