Erratum musical

by Marcel Duchamp

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7 Variations on a Draw of 88 Notes

Performed by Stephane Ginsburg

Draw by Guy-Marc Hinant

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released October 27, 2016

7 VARIATIONS ON A DRAW OF 88 NOTES

The principle of musical erratum is simple: you choose a keyboard - any keyboard - you draw each note at random - no note can be struck twice, but all are struck - the resulting whole is played without any particular modulation, "a uniformity of rhythm, an accentuation" says Duchamp. The premises of minimal and aleatory art are thus expressed in "the green box", published in 1934 (although the writings date back to 1912-15). To do this, we chose to use a piano (a Bösendorfer).

The pieces heard here were recorded on one single day - the beginning is lively, full of exploration (#1) - then it becomes gentler (#2) - almost feldmanian (#3) - we reach the hard core in the centre : 36 minutes that swallow up the everyday world (it's 4 pm, children are getting out of school, people are coming and going, cars rev up...) (#4) - then there is the magic inverse version (#5) - a strong reverse, tense, strung out (#6) - then, tenuous, ending as evening falls (#7) - the last note - no. 63 - is struck for the last time - it was also the first note, played six hours earlier. Guy-Marc Hinant

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Record and production company managed by Guy Marc Hinant and Fred Walheer - releasing records in Electronics/ Experimental/ Unclassical/ Drone/ Noise/ Concrete/ Spoken Words/ Rare recordings/ Rituals genres.

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