Pierre Mariétan – Rose Des Vents
2xLP in an Edition of 500.
Vinyl mastered and cut at D&M.
Includes 16-page A5 risograph insert, with introduction and photography by Andrea Zarza, and a commissioned text in French and English by Pierre Mariétan. Insert designed by Matthew Kent and Gustavo Eandi.
This re-edition of Rose des Vents. Action Musicale. includes a track-listing — found in the inlay of the gatefold sleeve — based on sequenced announcements throughout the recording.
Mana is also pleased to publish Rose des Vents. Action Musicale as a single long-running recording digitally, providing the composition with the continuity and flow originally intended.
“Rose Des Vents. Action Musicale unfolds as a continuous musical composition across two LPs. Blending influences and his background in serialism, radio-art and field recording, Swiss composer Pierre Mariétan crafted this work from materials gathered over six years, in villages and towns scattered across France. Released privately in 1987, in an edition of 300, the LP is intrinsically a musical piece rather than mere documentation of Mariétan’s investigations into the sound of urban space. The recording, as re-iterated by the composer in a recent interview “… allows the possibility to ignore the sources to only listen to what the sound, in itself, is able to say, what is characteristic to its rapport with music.”
Commissioned by the French Government in 1981, Rose Des Vents. Action Musicale was conceptualised by Mariétan as a seven-day long exploration of the sonic heritage embedded in urban space. Described as a socio-musical action, its score comprised field recording, surveys, interviews and instrumental interventions; all to reveal, study, and musicalise the sonic existence of urban space. Mariétan along with a team of sound engineers, acousticians and musicians—all members of the Groupe d’Étude et Réalisation Musicale (GERM) he had founded in 1966—carried out the first of these actions in the Parisian suburb of Bezons in 1982; with successive actions taking place in Herblay, Albi, Montmagny and l’Isle Adam in 1983.” – MANA