Ferrari, Brunhild. Luc Ferrari: Complete Works. London, U.K: Omnibus Press. 2019.
French composer Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) was one of the progenitors of Musique Concrete and a pioneer of and resolutely idiosyncratic voice within electroacoustic music. Ferrari was an early participant in the Groupe de Musique concrete and with Pierre Schaeffer and Francois- Bernard Mache co-founded the Group de Recherches Musicales (GRM) in 1958. Throughout his career, Ferrari worked in multiple forms: instrumental works, vocal music, text scores, electronic and electroacoustic music, Hoerspiele, theatre and films. This is the first English monography on Luc Ferrari and includes writings, original compositions, notes, text scores, artworks and interviews. Ferrari takes a day-long recording of environmental sounds at a Yugoslavian beach and, through editing, makes a piece that lasts just twenty-one minutes. It has been seen as an affirmation of John Cage’s idea that music is always going on all around us, and if only we were to stop to listen to it, we would realize this. I think these artists such as Cage and Ferrari and many others have a very important place in the 21st century; to remember the act of listening. I am revisiting some of these 20th century sound and literary artists as part of my research and practice to listen and pay closer attention to the details around me and to record whether audible, written, drawn, painted, and sculpted.
(Summer, 1994), pp. 34-56 (23 pages)