Chronophagie "The Time Eaters" (Mid-1960s)

1. Side 1

2. Side 2


1. Chronophagie 1 (Jean Guerin, tabla; Teddy Lasry, flute)

2. Chronophagie 2 (Aude Cornillac, voice; Teddy Lasry, flute and bass violin)

This work was issued a few times in at least the USA and France:

* The Wild Sounds of New Music Columbia Masterworks BTS 17, USA. 17.5cm.1 contains a 1'30" excerpt of Chronophagie. A promotional only record that includes excerpts from other Masterworks recordings like Riley, Partch, Reich, Nancarrow.
* Arion 30 U 060, France. 30cm4
* Arion 30 U 060, France. 30cm. first edition has a different cover than that above

Notes by Francois Baschet from the Columbia issue:

My brother Bernard and I want to make a synthesis of the following three elements:



public participation

""We make shapes and objects with which music can be produsce manually--that is, without electricity or electronics. Therefore, anyone can play on them. Beginnings in 1954 were difficult. In our attempts to synthesize new form and new sound, music people said 'this is no music.' Sculpture people said 'this is no sculpture.'

""Acoustical laws are precise--some families of shapes are good, some bad. We have to develop metal or plastic surfaces that can be compared to sails....The structures also have to be strong, some of them have been played on by more than 150,000 people, including children. Thus, we try to combine the aesthetic with the functional.

We feel that in our present-day, computer-card civilization, the public must find new ways of expression. In our performances, whenever it is possible, we invite the public to play. Reactions are very diverse. I encountered some people in a Scandinavian museum watching others playing with the instruments. 'Are you looking at the structures?' I asked. 'No,' they said. 'We are watching the public. We have never seen so many Scandinavians so happy without being drunk.'

Jacques Doyen & Jacques Lasry - UbuWeb Sound