Cecilia Arditto Delsoglio



5+ pieces for sound objects and tape
(visuals are optional)
ca. 26´


Musique concrete makes music with second-hand objects, mostly bought in the markets or rescued from the trash. Two performers manipulate sound-objects and slide-projectors in different spots of a dark room, producing performative-installations in dialogue with the architecture of the space. Music, sound, and space-design are organized in a score creating complete audiovisual scenes with simple means.
Flexible in format, “Musique concrète” could be played as a whole cycle, or in individual scenes.
A concert version (without visuals) is also possible.

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#I. Machine à coudre (sewing machine) for sewing machine, scissors, nails, tape and optional crank-hand projector. Recorded objects are in counterpoint with the ones played live. A 5mm movie made with dots punched in the film by the same sewing machine follow the music.


#2. Ventilateurs (electric fans) for 2 ventilators and 2 flash lights: small flash lights convert turning fans into home-made projectors. Different speeds on the fans modify the of the motors and the speed of the shadows on space.


#3. La radio…cette chambre des merveilles (The radio… that chambre of wonders) for live radio, tape and hand-crank projector. The tape is based on excerpts of Pierre Schaeffer’s voice from Solfège de l’objet sonore (1967). A home made movie comments Schaeffer´s texts.

#4. Electricité (electricity) for string telephone, tape and 2 optional slide projectors: is the story of a cable projected into a light circus circle. The sound possibilities of a simple string telephone are wide and surprising. Buzzing, shortcuts, statics, clicks and humming sounds conform the sound track accompanying the live string-telephone.
#5. La machine à écrire (the typewriter) for xylophone and 2 slide projectors. The xylophone is use as a typewriter. the performer types fragment of the text “Solfège de l’objet sonore ” by Schaeffer . Optional projectors project the same using the performer and the space around as a screen.

Musique concrète was comissioned by NFPK, The Netherlands

+ Bonus track: Vinyle (vinyl) for pre-recorded vinyl, pick up player and small flash light: a pre-recorded vinyl storage scratches, clicks, nails sounds and buzzing samples taken from a vintage  pickup player. The vinyl is  played by the same pickup player, duplicating live the sounds of the vinyl and creating some cause-consequence confusion. A small light attached to the vinyl spins around creating a low-tech disco effect. The room turns around in 33rpm.

Music and visuals composed by Cecilia Arditto

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II. Ventilateurs (fans) version #2: sinewaves

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V. La machine à écrire (the typewriter) (versions for xilophone/marimba or vibraphone in Spanish, French or English)

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