I Could Never Make That Music Again
I Could Never Make That Music Again is a choral album, a sound collage crafted out of interviews, where artists, musicians, DJs and sound-makers talk openly about their work, their visions, their hopes, their moments of doubt and their regrets in a loosely constructed narrative. Including contributions from a diverse roster of electronic musicians: Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Fred Judd, Tom Dissevelt, Steve Reich, The Residents, DJ Shadow, Coldcut, Ryoji Ikeda, Richie Hawtin, Autechre, A Guy Called Gerald, Aphex Twin, Mad Mike, David Toop and Matthew Herbert. Even though most of the people interviewed here have just met on a few occasions, they have all participated in the making of the history of electronic music; from the early tape experiments in the 1950s to the latest trends in techno. Derrick May and Stacey Pullen reply to an audio letter recorded in 1966 at the Phillips Research Laboratory in Holland by Fred Judd talking to a certain Tom Dissevelt about the lack of commercial interest in electronic music. Steve Reich and The Residents swap anecdotes, DJ Shadow chats with Coldcut, Ryoji Ikeda to Richie Hawtin. Autechre reflect on the beauty of machines, A Guy Called Gerald ponders on the cosmic realms of sound, Aphex Twin remembers his dreams, and Mad Mike from Underground Resistance marvels at the forces of nature. The musician and author David Toop reflects on the act of listening, and Matthew Herbert plays around with everyday sounds. The music that accompanies, underlines, perturbs and enriches this flow of words, mirrors the sonic environment that surrounds us. Everyday sounds, samples from hit records, disturbing frequencies and banging machines converse with this polyphonic chorus of voices and memories. Co-written by Jean-Yves Leloup, Eric Pajot and Jean-Philippe Renoult, this release begun as a series of interviews made between 1990 and 2004 for the French music press and were an integral part of the book Global Tekno. They were also aired on the infamous Parisian electronic music station, Radio FG and on the public radio station, France Culture. Over the past fifteen years, Leloup and Pajot have been working together as RadioMentale (originally a radio-art show on FG) and in 2000, Renoult launched "Sonotales," an experimental radio workshop originally broadcast on France Culture. This double approach is what makes this album unique and original. Historical archives, articles, sound creations and musical fragments intertwine and form a hybrid work that could remind some people of the heyday of radiophonic creation on both the BBC and Radio France. This is a radio-art piece that remixes musical criticism and sound innovation and places all the ideas born out of the late 20th century cultural and technological revolution on an equal footing.