Monday 11 February 2019, 7.30pm

STEREO SPASMS FESTIVAL: Langham Research Centre + L’Escalier des Aveugles – Andrea Zarza, Jacqueline Caux & Andrea Cohen in discussion on Luc Ferrari's radiophonic works

BRUNHILD FERRARI WITH CAFE OTO, CLOSE-UP CINEMA, PRESQUE RIEN, MAISON ONA AND ECSTATIC PEACE LIBRARY are proud to present Luc Ferrari's original compositions – interpreted by contemporary composers for an 8-day program of live concerts, talks, films, readings, installations, exhibitions and the launch of the English translations of his Complete Works.

Affiliated with French Radio’s Groupe de Musique de Concrète in 1958, Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, audio plays, musical theatre, soundtracks and installations. His groundbreaking works such as Presque Rien (1967-70) rebelled against the rigid institutions of his day and scandalized the French musical establishment. In 1982 Ferrari opened the electro acoustic studio La Muse en Circuit where he continued to compose unique award-winning soundscapes, absorbing such disparate influences as serialism, musique concrète and Buddhist philosophy. Luc Ferrari’s works resisted categorization during his lifetime and they continue to surprise, inspire and challenge new generations of artists.

As part of this show, Langham Research Centre perform a new piece responding to Luc Ferrari's Les Anecdotiques.


Langham Research Centre

Langham Research Centre formed in 2003, as producers at BBC Radio 3, based in London’s Langham Place. These were the last days that open-reel tape was used for broadcast. We loved the rich sound of tape, and the tangible personalities and imperfections of tape machines. 

We wanted to keep working with tape, and recapture the spirit of the Radiophonic Workshop by making Radio 3 programmes featuring our tape experiments. An early example was Gateshead Multistorey Carpark, entirely made out of the sounds of the infamous Get Carter carpark, processed on tape. 

Much like an Early Music group, but working instead with 20th century classic electronic repertoire, LRC specialise in performing works by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Earle Browne and others, particularly repertoire which can only be performed with reel-to-reel tape and other now-obsolete devices. 

We create new music from vintage analogue devices: open-reel tape, sine wave oscillators, phonograph cartridges and other discarded technology. 

In 2014 we released John Cage Early Electronic And Tape Music on Sub Rosa, featuring previously unreleased John Cage repertoire.