Monday, 9 August 2010

a few things from... Tim Paris

I suppose it is a bit awkward to introduce the person you work with almost every day. In a way, he probably needs no introduction to you who follow what happens here.
Studio partners relationship are strange beasts though. Luckily, this one has no ego to feed on.
No flattering then. But I'll still say a few things about the humble guy. Tim also does stuff on his own and under the Challenge moniker with Pete Herbert; Tim takes piano lessons and gets up at 6am to swim 5 miles; Tim is at the top of his djing game and you should be able to hear him more often; Tim is a France Culture fanatic: Tim is a good reader and has not got bad taste in movies either; Tim has a lovely little one year old girl called Lee; Tim has always been there for me since we both ended-up in East London. So, for all this and more, and in its own peculiar way, I suppose Tim is one of my best friends. And, believe me, the people you work with not always are.

here are his few words and selection:

'Who is your forgotten hero?'
Alfred Cortot

'What motto is painted on your fighter plane?'
Blessed are the hearts that can bend

'what makes you really angry?"
The world seen through the prism of mass media

Not an easy task to link cleverly Electronic and Classical. Especially in my case as i got hooked into Classical as a reaction against the hopeless lack of meanings in Dance music. 'Entertaining' and 'Serious' music couldn't be more opposite: one may love both but how to connect them ?

Steve Reich 'Different Trains'(after the war)
Here's The piece i would dream of hearing in a club at 5am, i'm actually working on an edit. (To be followed on this page ? )

Arvo Part 'Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten'
This one affected me the same way 'Kaotic Harmony' (Transmat) did the first time i heard it. Arvo Part is certainly the most uncompromising musician alive, music is a matter of life and death to him.

Edgar Varese 'Poeme Electronique'
Written for the 1958 World's fair, it says it all in the title. One of the very first sample bank to be created ! More seriously this was a fantastic visionary project which gathered Varese, Lecorbusier and Xenakis.

Luciano Berio 'Sinfonia' 3rd movement
Composed in 1968, it's actually the principle of sampling which is invented here. Berio adapted and transposed excerpts from dozens of different plays and pieces to form just one. You'll find here some bits from Debussy, Ravel, Malher, Shoenberg, Stravinsky and others.

'Spectral' music
Terrible word which results inevitably in a sequence of yawns. But if you accept to listen to sounds for some reasons other than pleasure, it could work for you just as it did for me. The French are currently on the forefront in that field, here is a couple of work you may try:

Tristan Murail 'Ethers'
18 minutes of shaker melted with evolving woodwinds' sounds.. Challenging !

Gerard Grisey 'Le Noir de l'etoile'
If someone who studied music composition for over 50 years at the highest possible level was commissioned to compose an album for Richie Hawtin's Minus, it could be something of this kind

1 comment:

  1. Hey Ivan,

    You are really fortunate to work with such a lovely person like Tim. A lot of things on your working day to day depends, sadly, on the relationships you have with your mates. I know a little bit about, but I'm still trying. That's the only way, isn't it?


    Keep on working, boys. You deserve the best.