As co-founder of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM), Luc Ferrari undoubtedly left his mark on music history, but it is only since his death in 2005 that his work has been thoroughly re-evaluated. At first glance, »Solitude Transit. Bande Magnétiques Inédites 1989-1990« may look like just another one in a constant stream of reissues, but these are previously unreleased recordings from his late period. They were created for a dance performance by Anne-Marie Reynaud and are accordingly more formally rigorous and, well, more kinetic than some of Ferrari’s electroacoustic compositions or works from musique concrète. »Roman de Gare« still works most consistently with electronic means, but also indulges in what can only be described as circus music and even inserts swinging drum grooves into the 26-minute piece, which moves from one scene to the next, picking up familiar motifs now and then. »Ligne de Fuite«, on the other hand, can not so clearly be identified with its context and occasion. Above electronic drones, owls or other birds hoot, and organ-like sounds whistle menacingly. Only after ten minutes does the music take an abrupt detour from this rather atmospheric approach, confronting the listener with something that sounds like a brass band out of tune, a carnival in hell. The fact that »On part chez Marie-Christine« begins with a relatively conventional, ballet-esque piano-led part is misleading. The music wanders, first through Tangerine Dream-like lysergic worlds, then echoes of chamber music from the early 20th century and even industrial-like rhythms and sounds at some point. These three pieces display Ferrari as (finally?) being able to fully realise the sheer scope of his compositional abilities with the technological means of his time, making this reissue an essential one.
Solitude Transit Bande Magnétiques Inédites 1989-1990