Lifework : A Unity 2. The World (Graphic Innovations & Indeterminacy) 1960-75 (CD)


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The project “Lifework: A Unity” is an overview of Philip Corner’s music, performed by Ensemble Hodos, and covering the five periods of Mr. Corner’s music over five CDs to be released successively in 2014.

This is the 2nd volume – and first to be released – of the recorded documentation of Philip Corner’s music by Ensemble Hodos. The disc covers the years 1960-75, when Corner, just back from Europe, took an extensive part in the New York Fluxus scene, and started to experiment with graphic notations, indeterminacy, performance pieces and happenings.

The pieces in this volume are all in their own way challenging the notions of traditional music theory : “Crash Actions” and its companion piece “In Intimacy – Pulsation” are both dealing in a great variety of ways with the concept of pulsation ; “Punkt” as the title implies is only points, isolated sounds ; whereas “Compare with “Exquisitely Sloppy Om”” is one of the many developments of Corner’s explorations of one sound.

The disc comes with a booklet with extensive liner notes by Philip Corner and scores extracts.

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Antonin Gerbal, Eve Risser, Fidel Fourneyron, Hannes Lingens, Joris Rühl, Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, Sébastien Beliah


Ensemble Hodos


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux
Félicie Bazelaire
Sébastien Beliah
Fidel Fourneyron
Antonin Gerbal
Hannes Lingens
Roméo Monteiro
Brice Pichard
Eve Risser
Joris Rühl


Ensemble Hodos


  1. Crash Actions (1963)
  2. Punkt (1961)
  3. Compare with « Exquisitely Sloppy OM » (1970s)
  4. In Intimacy – pulsation (1963)


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux : alto saxophone, artistic direction
Félicie Bazelaire : cello
Sébastien Beliah : double bass, artistic direction
Fidel Fourneyron : trombone
Antonin Gerbal : percussion
Hannes Lingens : percussion
Roméo Monteiro : percussion
Brice Pichard : trumpet
Eve Risser : piano
Joris Rühl : clarinets

Recording : Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Poitiers . March 2013
Engineering : Etienne Graindorge
Mixing and mastering : Pierre-Antoine Badaroux and Sébastien Beliah
Artwork : Raffaëlle Bloch