Monday, May 13, 2013

Free Download Richard Pinhas / Merzbow

Selected Richard Pinhas quotes 1980-1994
(full text available at the Heldon home page)

Interview with Cyrille Amistani 1994:
"When I recorded my album in 1973, I really didn't know the German groups. The only unconscious influence I had was Fripp & Eno, before they released their first record. Theirs and mine were released in an interval of one month....The only real influence was the Fripp & Eno tapes we heard before King Crimson's concerts. My conscious roots are rather based on Philip Glass's work, at the time of Music For Twelve Parts - a type of music I've always appreciated a lot, even now."
"Techno is fucking annoying but I admit it's completely impersonal. For those who listen to it as well as for those who compose it or those who earn money on it. Also for the sounds, which musicians steal from each other. It's the concept of total anonymity, and I find this interesting from a theoretical point of view."

Interview with Cyrille Amistani 1980:
"One of the most important things is that I am a rock musician. I don't think that nowadays any other music apart from rock is important. The last big creator in music was I think Messaien. But his music hasn't changed since 40 and 50s. And I think that if anyone is to take the place of contemorary music, it should be Fripp and Eno."

Interview with Alan Hardman 1982:
"You know, to understand any music you must devote yourself to listening to it. When I discovered Wagner I listened to each opera thirty times, one after the other, it takes weeks and weeks. When I discovered Stockhausen ten years ago, it was the first record I discovered 'Hymnen' and he takes some real instruments, big orchestral playing, and he makes noise on it. I took the record and spent three days and nights just trying to understand what he is saying. And the more you listen, the more you realise that music and life are completely connected. When you are composing you are actually re-composing something that has been working of all your life."

Interview in Audion Magazine 1992:
"I think "Heldon Third" and "Allez-Teia" did not stand time... I should not have made those albums in the first place. But on the whole I guess I contributed to electronic music. "Rhizosphere" for example was the first combination of heavy live percussion and electronics. Drummer Francois Auger did some amazing work on that album. I'm quite content with "IceLand", "East/West" and "L'Ethique", those are my best albums."

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