Album Review

Ferrari, Luc – “Anecdotals, the ” – [Sub Rosa]

Thurston Hunger   9/22/2005   A Library, CD

I bought this and another Ferrari shortly before his passing
(8/25/2005). Quelle drag… This album is a great set of
splicing decisions with sound recordings he made from world
travels. Much of the sounds from *after* the year 2000, so
though he was 76, we still feel cheated…he still sounds
playful. Americans might jump to #10, but the polyglot power
of the other tracks cannot be ignored. The “Numero Quatro”
rhythm of the lead-off track is so insistently infectious,
it even spreads to the mad cow madness of #9. In Ferrari’s
hands and our ears, the world becomes a smaller, yet more
wonderful place…

In reading online, I see this quote from Ferrari that may
fit the recording/restructurings we find here…

“…radio was something completely new. I was a kid
during the Second World War and even before that my
parents had one of the first radio sets, and there was
Radio London. I can still remember those four timpani
strokes, and then that mishmash of voices scrambled by
electronic devices, through which you could hear those surrealistic messages, like cadavres exquis!

Though he’s an exquisite corpse now, he was better alive
…and is surely, sorely missed.

Haiku review times two:

Eaves dropping delight
Anecdotal evidence
Of Ferrari’s dreams

Sound invigorates
Decomposing composer
Concrete comes alive…

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