Philippe Menard – Portrait Musical
A part of the CAPAC Portrait Musical 7″ series, this release is a mix of excerpts from electro-acoustic works by Menard. The clip I’ve included here, “Conte Vert”, contains a burst of energy early in the track that leaves me wanting more, and brings to mind his contemporary, Bernard Bonnier, and his Cassete album. This is an excerpt from his longer piece, “Contes Electroniques”, a collaborative effort along with Serge Rustin. The liner notes are quite descriptive, and at the time of this recording (1981-83), Menard was at work on this: “His current project involves developing a micro-computer system of musical composition, synchronized with body movement, of which a prototype was made in Paris between 1981 and 1983 with the help of Serge Rustin”.