PLATE LUNCH catalog #: PL13
Philippe Blanchard/Christian Renou - play:lunch CD
|Philippe Blanchard - Cpt. Cook
|1: to buy (acheter) 10:06
|2: to let simmer (mitonner) 3:21
|3: to season (assaisonner) 5:06
|4: to digest (digérer) 5:36
|5: to poison (empoisonner) 5:56
|Christian Renou - Cuisine et Impedance
|6. Cuisine et Impedance 6:24
|7. The refrigerator is burned, Pat! 12:48
|8. L'evier est comblé 5:26
|9. A murderous night (defiency of the gas water heater) 5:07
Total running time: 65:18
The "Play:Lunch" project came from within the German label "Plate Lunch".The
idea was to commission two French composers to write a 30 minute piece revolving
around food. Philippe Blanchard submitted "Captain Cook", an acousmatic suite
in five parts, while Christian Renou proposed the four part electroacoustic
piece "Cuisine et Impédence". This was Renou's first release under his own name
since he opted for the moniker "Brume" in the early 1980s.
Blanchard's piece uses for source material recordings he made in Syria in 1999.
Steps in the food cycle (to buy, to season, to digest) are illustrated by one
ten minute movement and four shorter pieces. A playful composition, "Captain
Cook" is an inventive exercise but it lacks involvement. The second part was
awarded a prize by Radio France.
The basic material in Renou's piece was recorded in his kitchen: pots and pans,
gas stove, refrigerator, sink, glasses, conversation, etc. He claims no computer
was used during the compositional process, which means he manipulated the sound
sources with traditional electro-acoustic techniques. Most sounds are left "as
is" and assembled to create alien kitchen landscapes. The austerity of the work
contrasts heavily with Blanchard's generous exotic palette. It recalls in part
Michael Prime's own take on home appliance aesthetics (his CD "Domestic
Science"). Fans of Renou's work as "Brume" may feel puzzled and a little left
out by this more hermetic opus.
from: François Couture - All-Music Guide, May 2001
Philippe Blanchard (previously part of Lt. Caramel and Pierre Bouchet) and
Christian Renou (who is more known as Brume) are likewise the younger generation
of electro-acoustics from France. Besides producing great electro-acoustic
music, the French are also a bit known for their cooking. Preparing food is the
theme on the split CD by Blanchard and Renou.
Blanchard takes a rigid division of the various activities involved: buying the
food, to simmer, to digest etc. Sounds in the various pieces seem like to be
derived from those activities. Renou (who rarely produces music under his under
his own name) on the other hand throws all of the stuff in his kitchen he can
find in the blender (excuse le mot) and cooks up a nice sonic meal, but it's not
that some sounds are rigidly available for one piece. In regard of the label
name, this is a very nice thought of thematic CD, which could be a nice series.
The only thing missing is a recipe.
from: VITAL WEEKLY # 255, December 2000 - by: Frans De Waard
Play:Lunch is an electronic concept album, the concept being to cook lunch. So
Philippe Blanchard goes shopping in a Syrian market, chops up his veg and meat,
boils fiercely and uses the resultant recording as musical source material.
Blanchard has a way of fading out his pieces frequently, as if to express time
passing, that renders them quiet filmic.
Meanwhile Christian Renou, who usually operates under the alias "Brume", employs
his kitchen environment as an instrument, and processes the result. Renou points
out that he doesn't use a computer; is this a boast, like tightrope walking
without safety net?
The whole album is sadly unengaging, an almost random assemblage of unremarkable
sounds that has the dry smell of a university electronic department about it.
Cute concept, indegestible result.
from: THE WIRE # 202 (UK), December 2000 - written by: Clive Bell