Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)
Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)

Christine Ott

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Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot)

Electronic Experimental, Electro

Sale price €12,50

In stock
Release LP

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Le futur est dans le passé. Quasi un siècle depuis leur invention par Maurice Martenot en France au début des années 1920, les Ondes Martenot ont bousculé la musique contemporaine en invitant les fées électricité et électronique au bal des instruments (alors acoustiques) du répertoire. Vestiges d’une époque charnière dans la découverte de nouveaux outils sonores, méconnues du grand public a contrario du Thérémine, les Ondes Martenot constituent pourtant l'un des tout premiers synthétiseurs monophonique et expérimental de l'histoire, associant l'électronique et la mécanique à une lutherie d'art : un instrument d'exception offrant à ses très rares ondistes une infinité de timbres, de textures et de recherches sonores.

Consacrées par les compositeurs d'avant-garde Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, André Jolivet, Tristan Murail, Giancito Scelsi ou Bernard Parmegiani, les vibrations mystérieuses et sensibles des Ondes Martenot ont transhumé au long du XXème siècle dans les musiques populaires (Léo Ferré, Bryan Ferry, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Daft Punk...), comme au cinéma où leur palette de sons modelables à l’infini et un jeu souvent très expressif (proche de la voix humaine ou du violoncelle) ont envoûté la science-fiction et certains drames oniriques (Fantômas, Lawrence d'Arabie, Ghostbusters, Mars Attacks!, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, 35 Rhums, There Will Be Blood, Minutes Bodies...). Présentes sur de nombreux enregistrements du répertoire classique / contemporain, patrimoine français ayant échappé de peu à l'oubli à la mort de leur inventeur en 1980, les Ondes Martenot n'avaient jusqu'à aujourd'hui jamais été utilisées en solo sur la globalité d'un album de musique actuelle.

Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot) est née de ce désir de NAHAL Recordings et de Christine Ott (ondiste virtuose, multi-instrumentiste enseignante au Conservatoire de Strasbourg) de proposer un album sans précédent, entièrement conçu à l’aide de ses seules Ondes Martenot. Si Christine Ott a souvent accompagné d’autres musiciens de ses Ondes (Yann Tiersen, Tindersticks, Raphelson, Dominique A, Syd Matters, Oiseaux-Tempête, FOUDRE!...), c’est la première fois qu’elle décide de placer son étrange instrument au centre de ses compositions, confiant la production musicale à Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf) et Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête) manipulant en direct le son originel des Ondes Martenot via des boites d'effets et de modulations sonores externes à l'instrument. Un album solo à plusieurs mains qui plonge la précieuse matrice, via un répertoire actuel mi-composé / mi-improvisé, dans le prisme des cent dernières années de musiques expérimentales, de culture électronique et d'habitus aux sons synthétiques.

Les huit Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot) de Christine Ott se vivent comme des bribes de rêves lointains, des chuchotements de spectres, échos des bruissements et des symphonies ayant jadis habité l’instrument, semblant ainsi avoir traversé les âges sans perdre de sa puissance et de sa pertinence. La compositrice Christine Ott raconte ici un voyage cosmique aux couleurs cinématographiques, qui côtoie les astres électroniques et caresse des planètes incandescentes. Une nébuleuse de couches d’ondes superposées et triturées par des effets qui rendent ses chants tantôt robotiques, tantôt célestes. Un magma sonique et sensuel, éclatant, comme en apesanteur.

Les chimigrammes originaux illustrant la pochette ont été réalisés, à l'écoute des morceaux du disque, par l'artiste contemporaine Fanny Béguély en peignant avec de la chimie sur des papiers photosensibles anciens.

Composé et interprété par Christine Ott sur des Ondes Martenot Dierstein // Processing et effets live par Frédéric D. Oberland & Paul Régimbeau // Enregistré et mixé par Romain Poirier à Mer Noir, Paris, entre l'hiver 2018 et l'automne 2019 // Arrangé et produit par Paul Régimbeau & Frédéric D. Oberland // Masterisé par James Plotkin // Chimigrammes originaux de Fanny Béguély // Design graphique par Thibault Proux.

The future is in the past. Almost a century since their invention by Maurice Martenot in France at the beginning of the 1920s, the Ondes Martenot have shaken contemporary music by inviting the electronic and electrical fairies to the ball of – then acoustic – instruments of the repertoire. Remnants of a pivotal period in the discovery of new sound tools, little known to the general public unlike the theremin, the Ondes Martenot are nevertheless one of the very first monophonic and experimental synthesizers in history, combining electronics and mechanics with artistic lutherie making: an exceptional instrument offering its very rare players an infinite range of timbres, textures and sound research. Consecrated by the avant-garde composers Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, André Jolivet, Tristan Murail, Giancito Scelsi or Bernard Parmegiani, the mysterious and sensitive vibrations of the Ondes Martenot have migrated throughout the 20th century in popular music (Léo Ferré, Brian Ferry, Tom Waits, Radiohead, Daft Punk...), as well as in the cinema where their palette of sounds that can be shaped to infinity and their often very expressive playing (close to the human voice or the cello) have bewitched science fiction and certain dreamlike dramas (Fantomas, Lawrence of Arabia, Ghostbusters, Mars Attacks!, Amélie, 35 Rhums, There Will Be Blood, Minute Bodies...). Present on numerous recordings of the classical/contemporary repertoire, having narrowly escaped oblivion at the death of their inventor in 1980, the Ondes Martenot had never before been used solo on a whole album of contemporary music. Chimères (pour Ondes Martenot) was born out of the desire of NAHAL Recordings and Christine Ott (virtuoso ondist and multi-instrumentalist teaching at the Strasbourg Conservatory) to offer an unprecedented album, entirely conceived using only her Ondes Martenot. If Christine Ott has often accompanied other musicians on Ondes Martenot (Yann Tiersen, Tindersticks, Raphelson, Dominique A, Syd Matters, Oiseaux- Tempête, FOUDRE!...), it is the first time that she decides to place her strange instrument at the center of her compositions, entrusting the musical production to Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf) and Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête) manipulating the original sound waves live via effect boxes and sonic modulations external to the instrument. A solo album made with several hands that plunges the precious matrix, via a current repertoire half composed/half improvised, in the prism of the last hundred years of experimental music, electronic culture and habitus to synthetic sounds.

Christine Ott's eight Chimeras are like snatches of distant dreams, whispers of ghosts, echoes of rustle and symphonies that once inhabited the instrument, seeming to have travelled through the ages without losing their power and relevance. The composer Christine Ott tells a cosmic journey with cinematographic colours, which rubs shoulders with electronic stars and caresses incandescent planets. A nebula of layers of waves superimposed and triturated by effects that make her songs sometimes robotic, sometimes celestial. A sonic and sensual magma, radiant, as if weightless.

The original chemigrams illustrating the cover have been made by contemporary artist Fanny Béguély by painting with chemicals on old photosensitive sheets of paper, while listening to the tracks on the record.

Composed and performed by Christine Ott on Ondes Martenot Dierstein // Effects and live processing by Frédéric D. Oberland & Paul Régimbeau // Recorded and mixed by Romain Poirier at Mer Noir, Paris, between Winter 2018 and Autumn 2019 // Edited, arranged and produced by Paul Régimbeau & Frédéric D. Oberland // Mastered by James Plotkin // Original chemigrams artwork by Fanny Béguély // Graphic design by Thibault Proux


A1. Christine Ott - Comma
A2. Christine Ott - Darkstar
A3. Christine Ott - Todeslied
A4. Christine Ott - Mariposas

B1. Christine Ott - Sirius
B2. Christine Ott - Pulsar
B3. Christine Ott - Eclipse
B4. Christine Ott - Burning


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