Showing posts with label Alain Neffe. Show all posts
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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Cortex ‎– Souvenir/Souvenirs (Grafika Airlines ‎– GRA20 1984 MP3)


Cortex ‘Souvenir/souvenirs’
Published September 28, 2009 electronic , spoken word 4 Comments

Cortex 'Souvenir/souvenirs' cassette coverAlain Neffe (click to reveal Nadine Bal/Benedict G.)
Cortex 'Souvenir/souvenirs' cassetteCortex 'Souvenir/souvenirs' tracklist

01 Cortex E (1:58)
02 Cortex F (1:13)
03 Cortex G (2:17)
04 Cortex H (2:06)
05 Cortex I (3:26)
06 Cortex J (1:34)
07 Cortex K (0:38)
08 Cortex L (4:37)
09 Cortex M (2:21)
10 Cortex N (1:35)
11 [unidentified] (1:03)
12 Cortex O (23:40)


Vocals:
Isabelle Y. (#E, G, I, J, N)
Mirella B. (#F, M, O)
Nadine B. (#H, K)
Tina S. (#L)


Total time 46:10
Recorded 1975 -1982
Cassette released by Insane Music, Trazegnies, Belgium, 1984

Cortex was Alain Neffe’s musical project before he started Bene Gesserit in 1982, his duo with partner Nadine Bal aka Benedict G. 
In 1981-82, the latter was then manager for Belgian New Wave band Digital Dance. 
Cortex was active between 1978 and 1982, their music focusing on electronic ambient tonalities and female poetry reading (in French), 
with tracks merely numbered by their respective letters – so presumably the entire Cortex output amounts to 26 tracks. 
Cortex A, B and C appeared on Insane Music For Insane People #01, 1981. 
Other tracks appeared on other compilations on Insane or elsewhere. 
‘Souvenir/souvenirs’ is probably Cortex’s only full length release. 
The Belgian label Grafika Airlines published this tape as a joint release with Insane Music in 1984. 
My copy is the undated, Insane Music issue. 
Music-wise: The unsettling, metaphysical synth washes make one feel uneasy with their menacing tonalities, 
not unlike the 1972 Solaris soundtrack by Edward Artemiev. 
The readers are very young women just out of teenagehood. 
Their poetry deals with day-to-day concerns of late night cafés, neon lights, jukeboxes, 
the difficulty to find one’s place in society, lost love and lack thereof.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

HUMAN FLESH - LIFE IN REVERSE / MEDITATION AND FEARS (INSANE MUSIC-INS53, CASSETTE COMPILATION C-60, 1989) (MP3 BITRATE VARIABLE)



Una pequeña joya del proyecto sonoro belga HUMAN FLESH, considerada una cassette recopilatorio habida cuenta de la cantidad de colaboradores con que contó ALAIN NEFFE para su realización (ver tracklist). Tratamiento de cintas, sonidos al revés, loops, sintetizadores, instrumentos acústicos y mucha imaginación son los ingredientes de esta maravillosa cinta editada por INSANE MUSIC en 1989.

Apuntar que el material de la primera cara fue lanzado originalmente como una cinta C-30 en LADD-FRITH y la cara B fue lanzado originalmente como una cinta C-30 en CAUSE & EFFECT.

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Tracklist:

Life In Reverse
A1 Ideal Ideas / Idol Ideas
Bass Guitar [Bass Guitars With Violin Bow] – Daniel Malempré
Saxophone, Loops – Alain Neffe
Voice – Viviane Marc 2:10

A2 Miniature
Guitar, Bass Guitar – Daniel Malempré
Organ [String Organ], Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Loops – Alain Neffe 1:20

A3 This Is A Slow, Slow World
Vocals – Xavier S 2:05

A4 Wide-Opened Eyes (In The Dark)
Zither [Zithers], Guitar [Guitars] – Alain Neffe 3:00

A5 Basical Colours (First Part)
Organ [String Organ] – Alain Neffe 1:20

A6 Sonic Delirium
Bass Clarinet – Francis Marbais
Effects, Loops, Flute [Flutes] – Alain Neffe
Voice [Voices] – Nadine Bal 3:50

A7 Basical Colours (Second Part)
Organ [String Organ] – Alain Neffe 1:20

A8 Why Are You Bleeding?
Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Organ [String Organs] – Alain Neffe
Vocals [Female] – Nadine Bal
Vocals [Male] – Xavier S 4:00

A9 And My Love Letters Are Rotting In The Dust
Cymbal [Cymbals], Synthesizer – Alain Neffe
Guitar, Cymbal [Cymbals] – Daniel Malempré 2:15

A10 Friends
Guitar, Bass Guitar – Daniel Malempré
Organ [String Organ], Synthesizer – Alain Neffe
Voice – Anja Müller 2:10

A11 Arabesque
Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Strings [String] – Alain Neffe
Voice [Voices] – Nadine Bal 2:45

A12 Weak End
Guitar, Bass Guitar – Daniel Malempré
Organ [String Organ], Synthesizer, Drum Machine [Rythm-Box], Effects – Alain Neffe
Voice [Voices], Words By – Xavier S 2:50

Meditation And Fears
B1 First Day
Bass Clarinet – Francis Marbais
Guitar – Daniel Malempré
Synthesizer [Synthesizers], Voice, Flute, Percussion [Percussions], Tape [Tapes], Organ [String Organ], Words By, Mixed By [Mixing], Concept By [Conception] – Alain Neffe
Vocals – Nadine Bal, Xavier S
Voice – Isabelle Guillemin
Voice [French] – Viviane Marc
Voice [German] – Anja Müller
15:00

B2 Second Day
Violin [Violins] – Bernard Plouvier
Vocoder, Percussion [Percussions], Harp, Electronics [Ring Oscillator], Drum Machine [Rythm-Box], Effects, Guitar [Guitars], Loops, Mixed By [Mixing], Concept By [Conception] – Alain Neffe
Voice [All Strange Voices] – Nadine Bal
Voice [Child], Words By – Valérie Leroy



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Saturday, 3 January 2015

PSEUDO CODE ‎– FAR AWAY FROM MY OWN LAND (SANDWICH RECORDS ‎– SR03) (VINYL, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, 1980)



Quiero reivindicar el trabajo de PSEUDO CODE, el grupo belga experimental activo entre 1980 y 1982, compuesto por Alain Neffe, Xavier Stenmans y Guy-Marc Hinant y que tanto influyó en la música electrónica underground de los años 80.



Este EP a 33 r.p.m. "Far Away From My Own Land", fue editado por el sello Sandwich Records, que se encargarían también de la edición  de otro EP titulado "Moon Efect" en 1981 y de las dos cassettes "Potlatch Music I and II". 



Tras el paso por Pseudo Code, Neffe puso en marcha el prolífico sello "Insane Music" y fue el 50% del grupo Bene Gesserit, entre otras muchas actividades. Guy-Marc Hinant actualmente es socio del sello Sub Rosa y Xavier Stenmans trabaja para la radio y la televisión nacional belga.



Vamos a iniciar una serie de posts dedicados a este grupazo tan importante e influyente como olvidado por el gran público.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

BENE GESSERIT - BEST OF (INSANE MUSIC, CASSETTE C-30, 1981)



Os presento el que supuestamente fue el primer trabajo de Bene Gesserit, el dúo belga formado por Alain Neffe y Nadine Bal. En 1981 presentaban esta cassette C-30, todo un torrente de energía en forma de synth-pop underground, con esas cajas de ritmo frenéticas, esos sintetizadores y esa voz tan característica de Nadine. Una joya rescatada que no puede faltar en ninguna colección de música electrónica underground.

Añadir que las fotos fueron hechas por Luca Forest-Fiore, que conste en acta.

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Tracklist:

A1 Epitaph For A One-Way Love 3:00
A2 Hymne Au Ver 2:45
A3 Gloria 4:00
A4 Fly To Hell 4:15
B1 Kidnapping 3:35
B2 Erg Habbania 3:25
B3 Gppm 2:15
B4 Orchestral Story 3:35
B5 Live In China 1:10



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