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Héraclès Fauqueque


We are not going to use these lines to the exhaustive account of some of the most blatant anecdotes of the artist in question (such as that occasion when he performed one of his improvised works on the piano using another composer's score turned upside down , without any relationship with the execution; performance that took place at the Sorbonne in Paris, in 1972). We promise a comprehensive study of these actions in future texts; here we only point out that Héraclès Fauqueque (Pierrelatte, south of France, 1952) now occupies his place in the pantheon of our label thanks to the task of the HAMFUGGI Records Experimental Archeology Commission. And it's not a small thing...

This happy accident will allow our audience to listen to unpublished works to date of this author, belonging to the period from 1975 to 1984, when he developed his 'microbial theory': it argues that music should be taken as a laboratory phenomenon, in analogy with the contemplation of the microscopic reality that the scientist achieves through his measuring devices. For this, the musician must interact with the elements available to perform his work "in media res", without any prior plan and in the case of recording the resulting sounds will not accept any editing or assembling, the recorded sound becoming an accurate and unalterable photograph of the precise moment of the composition.

However, the latter should not be confused with Fauqueque's criticism of conservatory music; in his own words: "The conservatory does just that, conserving music and sounds by freezing its changing and evolutionary properties without the possibility of mutation (...) the musician then becomes an operator like the frozen meat handler, when in reality should be the farmer that breeds new species of animals, feeding them and influencing their growth whose goal however would no longer be the slaughterhouse but the natural end of the life cycle: when its time comes this creature that is music must die to give way to another birth and another evolution of his species."

We will shortly publish a more extensive article in relation to the life and work of this author in the blog of this website. Stay tuned ...

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