About the Piece
This is a short excerpt from the work ‘Almost Nothing’ composed by Luc Ferrari. The work was made from recordings taken across the course of a whole day, and then edited down through splicing.
The Luc Ferrari placed his microphones on the windowsill of his house and recorded the sounds of life in the fishing village around him.
He then took these recordings into the studio and selected his favourite sounds (through splicing) before editing the chosen sounds back together in order to create a concentrated, but realistic, soundscape picture of the village.
About the Composer
Luc Ferrari began his musical career as a pianist but became interested in tape music after hearing works by Edgard Varèse on the radio. He travelled to America to meet Varèse in 1954 and began to learn from him about making music with sounds.
He returned to Paris and co-founded the GRM with Pierre Schaeffer in 1958. He composed many works of electroacoustic music in his career making extensive use of field recordings and anecdotal sound.