Jean Detheux's Videos (The Visual Music Village) - The Visual Music Village 2021-12-04T16:03:17Z http://visualmusic.ning.com/video/video/listForContributor?screenName=JeanD2&rss=yes&xn_auth=no Les Barricades, revisited tag:visualmusic.ning.com,2021-11-28:2232935:Video:199337 2021-11-28T20:49:03.117Z Jean Detheux http://visualmusic.ning.com/profile/JeanDetheux (English follows)<br></br> "Les Barricades Mystérieuses” de François Couperin est une musique qui m’accompagne depuis de très nombreuses années (informations plus détaillées sur la page qui suit, "Les Barricades mystérieuses” interprétée magistralement au clavecin par Kenneth Gilbert: <a href="https://vimeo.com/284989568">https://vimeo.com/284989568</a>).<br></br> Alors que j’écoutais avec ravissement un autre beau concert de L’Arpeggiata, concert présenté lors du Festival de musique ancienne… (English follows)<br /> "Les Barricades Mystérieuses” de François Couperin est une musique qui m’accompagne depuis de très nombreuses années (informations plus détaillées sur la page qui suit, "Les Barricades mystérieuses” interprétée magistralement au clavecin par Kenneth Gilbert: <a href="https://vimeo.com/284989568">https://vimeo.com/284989568</a>).<br /> Alors que j’écoutais avec ravissement un autre beau concert de L’Arpeggiata, concert présenté lors du Festival de musique ancienne d’Utrecht lle 29 août 2021, une version magnifique, magique, des Barricades, interprétée avec une immense sensibilité à la harpe est apparue.<br /> Christina Pluhar m’a gentiment communiqué le nom de la harpiste, Carlotta Pupulin, qui est une de ses étudiantes en harpe baroque.<br /> J’ai été très touché par cette interprétation: grâce, justesse, simplicité (dans le meilleur sens du terme), je me suis senti obligé de l'écouter avec les yeux, même si je n'ai aucun droit sur cet enregistrement (cette pièce n'est donc qu'un “sketch”).<br /> L’enregistrement utilisé est d’assez mauvaise qualité (via le web) et, comme d’habitude, “mes” images naissant de ce que j’entends, c’est seulement quand elles ont acquis un petit goût de patine ancienne qu’elles ont commencé à dialoguer avec cette magnifique musique.<br /> <br /> ———<br /> <br /> François Couperin’s “Les Barricades mystérieuses” is a music which has been with me for many many years (more detailed info on this page, Kenneth Gilbert's magistral interpretation of “Les Barricades mystérieuses” <a href="https://vimeo.com/284989568">https://vimeo.com/284989568</a>).<br /> While I was listening with immense pleasure to yet another beautiful concert by L’Arpeggiata, concert presented during the Utrecht Early Music Festival on August 29, 2021, a magnificent and magical harp rendition of the Barricades appeared.<br /> Christina Pluhar kindly told me the name of the harpist, Carlotta Pupulin, who happens to be her baroque harp student.<br /> I was deeply moved by that interpretation: graceful, respectful, simple (in the best sense of the word), I felt obliged to listen to it with my eyes, even if I have no right to this recording (therefore, this makes this piece a “sketch”).<br /> The recording is of a fairly poor quality (done via the web) and, as usual, “my” images being born through/from what I hear, they started dialoguing with the music only when they acquired a bit of an "ancient patina.”<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. 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Impro 1 (v. 2) tag:visualmusic.ning.com,2021-10-31:2232935:Video:199327 2021-10-31T19:11:59.451Z Jean Detheux http://visualmusic.ning.com/profile/JeanDetheux This is a magnificent improvisation performed on an exceptional Steinway (Ars Musica 2009, Flagey, Studio 1, Brussels) by Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (<a href="http://www.collardneven.com">http://www.collardneven.com</a>).<br></br> Jean-Philippe and I have done several concerts and films together .<br></br> <br></br> I have returned to this piece several times since, using sections of it as source images for making other films, I also often use it in my live performances as one of the many streams I… This is a magnificent improvisation performed on an exceptional Steinway (Ars Musica 2009, Flagey, Studio 1, Brussels) by Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (<a href="http://www.collardneven.com">http://www.collardneven.com</a>).<br /> Jean-Philippe and I have done several concerts and films together .<br /> <br /> I have returned to this piece several times since, using sections of it as source images for making other films, I also often use it in my live performances as one of the many streams I "play" with.<br /> <br /> Have been there again just now as this is the second “movie” done with/for/to/from this music, 9 years after the first one.<br /> (First one is here, with more substantial notes: <a href="https://vimeo.com/48091932">https://vimeo.com/48091932</a>)<br /> <br /> Here’s a folder of images extracted from this new movie (work in progress): <a href="https://www.tinyurl.com/4n52md57">https://www.tinyurl.com/4n52md57</a><br /> <br /> Festival ready (digital file, .h.264, ProRes 422 HQ or ProRes 4444)<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : <a href="http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108">http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108</a> (this type of work receives very little help, if any, from the usual channels).<br /> Thank you Chaconne revisited tag:visualmusic.ning.com,2021-10-04:2232935:Video:198752 2021-10-04T18:45:06.985Z Jean Detheux http://visualmusic.ning.com/profile/JeanDetheux Last June (2021), I listened to a concert broadcasted on Musiq3 (I owe many great music discoveries to that Belgian radio), a concert presented by Vassilena Serafimova (marimba) and Thomas Enhco (piano).<br></br> <a href="https://www.tinyurl.com/2deu4tx3">https://www.tinyurl.com/2deu4tx3</a><br></br> One of the pieces they performed was J.S. Bach's Chaconne, but a Chaconne “revisited,” and magnificently so at that!<br></br> I did a quick sketch with/for/from/to that music, uploaded it to a private page,… Last June (2021), I listened to a concert broadcasted on Musiq3 (I owe many great music discoveries to that Belgian radio), a concert presented by Vassilena Serafimova (marimba) and Thomas Enhco (piano).<br /> <a href="https://www.tinyurl.com/2deu4tx3">https://www.tinyurl.com/2deu4tx3</a><br /> One of the pieces they performed was J.S. Bach's Chaconne, but a Chaconne “revisited,” and magnificently so at that!<br /> I did a quick sketch with/for/from/to that music, uploaded it to a private page, and sent the link to both Vassilena and Thomas.<br /> I never received a sign of life from them, to my great chagrin.<br /> So I set that piece aside and tried to carry on “as usual,” but that music would not let go of me.<br /> It felt like a hole in my being, forcing me to eventually visit it again until I had done enough with/for/to it to feel that the doing was a genuine gain, a gift, and that whether or not it was going to be well received by others, especially its musicians, was secondary.<br /> I do however hope that Vassilena and Thomas will receive this sketch as a sincere tribute to their fabulous work.<br /> So here’s that sketch, which I called “Chaconne Revisited” for two reasons: first reason is the beautiful way Vassilena and Thomas indeed revisited the Chaconne, the second reason being that I had done the original Chaconne already 11 years ago, with my friend Anyango Yarbo-Davenport (that version is here: <a href="https://vimeo.com/13009787">https://vimeo.com/13009787</a>).<br /> Am now very glad I indulged, though I am not sure I had the choice…<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : <a href="http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108">http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108</a> (this type of work receives very little help, if any, from the usual channels).<br /> Thank you Quartet in search of music tag:visualmusic.ning.com,2021-09-16:2232935:Video:198428 2021-09-16T02:54:33.590Z Jean Detheux http://visualmusic.ning.com/profile/JeanDetheux Here’s a sketch made of four individual videos forming a quartet, in hope of finding/being given “their” music.<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : <a href="http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108">http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108</a><br /> Thank you Here’s a sketch made of four individual videos forming a quartet, in hope of finding/being given “their” music.<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : <a href="http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108">http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108</a><br /> Thank you Danzón V.2 tag:visualmusic.ning.com,2021-09-16:2232935:Video:198233 2021-09-16T02:53:38.417Z Jean Detheux http://visualmusic.ning.com/profile/JeanDetheux This is the second version of this piece, the first one (<a href="https://vimeo.com/148887602">https://vimeo.com/148887602</a>) was done 6 years ago.<br></br> This music and, especially this interpretation, really speak to me, hence this revisiting.<br></br> <br></br> A word of caution for the mad zappers out there: this piece, like so many others of mine, needs time to establish its language, it is not dropped all cooked and pre-digested in your mouth, you have to work too in order to get in.… This is the second version of this piece, the first one (<a href="https://vimeo.com/148887602">https://vimeo.com/148887602</a>) was done 6 years ago.<br /> This music and, especially this interpretation, really speak to me, hence this revisiting.<br /> <br /> A word of caution for the mad zappers out there: this piece, like so many others of mine, needs time to establish its language, it is not dropped all cooked and pre-digested in your mouth, you have to work too in order to get in.<br /> Whether it is worth the effort or not, you will be the judge, but for Pete’s sake, give it a try, give it some time.<br /> <br /> And I highly recommend selecting the “1080p” version, it is still very far from the pristine uncompressed original, but it is less of a “porridge” than smaller size versions.<br /> This is even truer with this new version, the difference between the original ProRes 4444 version and what's left of it through web conversion and Vimeo digesting is sad, so many details and more are totally lost.<br /> <br /> I discovered Arturo Márquez’s "Danzón No. 2” through the magnificent “El Sistema” documentary<br /> (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=276oR_tEmbs">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=276oR_tEmbs</a>) in which Gustavo Dudamel performs that music at the helm of the "Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela.”<br /> I immediately knew I would have to listen to that with my eyes.<br /> When I finally found the time to do so, I also discovered another version (several in fact), conducted by Alondra de la Parra, one with the "Orchestre de Paris," and this one, with the "Orquesta Filarmónica de las Américas" (part of Alondra de la Parra’s CD “Mi Alma Mexicana/My Mexican Soul” <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/album/mi-alma-mexicana-my-mexican-soul-mw0002011147">http://www.allmusic.com/album/mi-alma-mexicana-my-mexican-soul-mw0002011147</a>).<br /> <br /> I am not qualified to make a learned comparative analysis of the various versions I have at my disposal, but I will say that this version is the one that gave me the most lucid “visual feelings” with/from which to proceed.<br /> <br /> I have a very ambiguous relationship with “mirror images,” either they are immediately dismissed as too much of an easy/cheap option, or they irk me when they manage to grab my attention (a bit akin to how I feel when I catch myself being moved by recipe-driven film/animation).<br /> Yet, this music, and this interpretation by Alondra de la Parra, progressively imposed that “mirror image” look, even adding along the way a connection with another Mexican piece, which I have also heard interpreted by various conductors and orchestras, Silvestre Revueltas’ "La Noche de los Mayas” and especially its fourth movement, "Noche de Encantamiento” (here with Alondra de la Parra conducting the "Orchestre de Paris:" <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRwExCe6iFc">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRwExCe6iFc</a>).<br /> <br /> Somehow, while creating/finding the images for Danzón, the two pieces overlapped, which reenforced the feeling that a “mirror image” approach was the right one for Danzón.<br /> <br /> One bit of personal information: my first marriage was to a beautiful woman born in Mexico City of an American father (a “gringo”) and a Honduran mother. We lasted 12 years together, years during which I was exposed to Mexican (and Yucatán Peninsula's) culture (not “just” its glorious food).<br /> Much of that revisited me during the making of this piece.<br /> <br /> ¡Vamos a bailar!<br /> <br /> ------------------<br /> Please consider supporting my work. You can make donations via PayPal, starting from here : <a href="http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108">http://www.vudici.net/movies/morphing.html#new123108</a><br /> Thank you