Les Sons Plastiques

by Lars Fredrikson

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Un grand merci à Maurice Benhamou, sans qui...

Au début des années 80, je suis allé rendre visite à Maurice Benhamou, il fut mon directeur d'école lors de ma turbulente adolescence, c'est lui qui me guida vers Brion Gysin et affina ma sensibilité poétique et philosophique.

Il me fit écouter une cassette audio qui me transporta, une richesse expressive unique et radicale, le travail sonore d'un peintre, Lars Fredrikson. Je trouvais alors ce travail bien plus musical que celui de bien des «compositeurs».

Il y a quelques mois, je retrouve Maurice Benhamou et lui parle de ses cassettes.

Elles n'ont rien perdu de leur fraîcheur.

À travers une machine militaire, le «fax», qui transcrit des messages venus de l'espace, Lars Fredrikson enregistre les sons de l'aiguille sur le papier.

Le son est la correspondance de l'image : un état de perpétuelle surprise.


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At the beginning of the "80s, I paid a visit to Maurice Benhamou, who was the school!s principal during my turbulent adolescence ; he was the one who guided me towards Brion Gysin and refined my poetic and philosophical sensitivity.

He made me listen to an audio cassette which transported me; a radical and unique expressive richness, the sound work of a painter, Lars Fredrikson.

I found this work to be much more musical than that of many “composers”.

A few months ago, I met Maurice Benhamou again and told him about his cassettes.

They hadn't lost their freshness in the least. Through a military device, the “fax machine”, which transcribes messages from space, Lars Fredrikson records the sounds of the needle on the paper.
The sound is the correspondence of the image: a state of perpetual surprise.

RAMUNTCHO MATTA

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released August 2, 2019

Edit and Mastering : Frédéric Dutertre

Inside, interview of Lars Fredikson by Maurice Benhamou (thanks to the Editions Harmattan)

Cover by : Alice Truche from work «fax» by Lars Fredrikson, 133x133mm, 1980, private collection, Paris.

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Ramuntcho Matta Paris, France

French producer, sound designer and visual artist. Ramuntcho Matta collaborated with Beat poet Brion Gysin, jazz musician Don Cherry, sound poet Henri Chopin, Laurie Anderson, Elli Medeiros, Rhys Chatham and countless others.

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