CCMCではピアニストとして、またカナダのビジュアルおよびサウンドアーティストの重鎮として有名なMichael SnowがArt Metropoleに87年に残したアート系指南書ブロークン・ミュージック掲載タイトル[The Last LP]。チベット、シリア、インド、中国、ブラジル、フィンランドなど、世界中の民族音楽文化の収集、また古代の音楽体験のフィールドレコーディングであるという主張は全てデタラメであり、なんとそれらを全て自分で疑似的に作り上げてしまった面白すぎるユニーク物件。なんとなくそれっぽく聞こえますが、やっぱりどこか違和感だらけのヘンテコ音源ばかり。個人的に氏の録音の中で最も好きな一枚。
Realized in collaboration with Michael Snow** Subtitled Unique Last Recordings of the Music of Ancient Cultures Michael Snow’s The Last LP is an extraordinary collection of tracks “of rare music derived from threatened, obsolete, or now-extinct cultures from around the world” that although the claiming of being field recordings of ancient musical experiences - purported to be a documentary disc of the dying gasps of ethnic musical cultures from around the globe including Tibet, Syria, India, China Brazil, Finland and elsewhere - are in fact a series of multi-tracked recordings pieces played, conceived and recorded by the artist himself.
As it was for Music For Piano (CY999), with this issue the Canadian artist further developed his conceptual investigation around the object-LP where the single elements (the record, the music, the text and the jacket) are so indissolubly intertwined to create what the artist calls a “sonics-sculpture-text”. Partly motivated by the announced obsolescence of the vinyl format, The Last LP is also a critical reflection on the impact of new technologies on the relationship between played and recorded music
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