1860 – ‘FRANCE HAS GOT TALENT’

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‘Summer Storm in Pas-de-Calais’ by Zoolon

The first song ever recorded. That’s a big thing. These days, we take our music for granted forgetting that before we were able to capture sound all there was, was live music and birdsong. No piece of music could be duplicated exactly the same as each performance of even the most basic of melodies would never sound the same twice. So, here we go. The very first song ever recorded. In 1860 the Frenchman, Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville (Ed to his close mates; bewilderment to most others), invented – although, at the time he overlooked the all-important playback facility – a piece of kit and recorded ‘Au Clair De La Lune’. Thanks to today’s technology we can now listen to it. The name of the girl singing is not known. I just hope for her sake she didn’t give up her day job. Here we go;

Right, some sound art using samples. I posted some of these when I first started blogging. My album, from 4 years ago, ‘Cosa Nostra’ is a sound art concept album. I themed it around a traditional ‘Romeo & Juliet’ type story. The track from the album I’m posting today is called, ‘Coming to the New Lands’.  It’s the fourth scene of the concept. The basic story is better explained using this extract from the album cover notes;

Cosa Nostra: He grew up on Sicily the eldest son of a Mafia Don.  She too, the daughter of his father’s fiercest rival. As children they played together although their parents knew nothing of this. Eventually they fell in love – a clandestine affair. There came a day when her father discovered their secret. She had brought shame upon her family. That shame couldn’t go unpunished. Her father ordered she be shot dead – an execution. Her own brother the executioner. Her lover found the body. That day he discovered grief, anger and thoughts of revenge.

The executioner took flight to New York to seek shelter and income running his family’s business affairs there. For his part the lover followed the executioner there. He took an ocean liner across the Atlantic. Once in the city he set a plan to kill the man who had murdered his girl.

Each scene was composed as first-person observations of the eldest son. ‘Coming to the New Lands’ is aimed to reflect his first experience of being overwhelmed in a big city like New York, before he gets his act together and goes on the hunt for revenge. Hope you enjoy;

Now for something special – the new number just released by Florence + The Machine – Sky Full Of Song. I promise you’ll love this!

As of about now, I have also posted a new piece on the Morality Part blog. Morality Park is a collective of fine poets, writers and artists. They are worth a visit. Here’s the link Morality Park

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18 comments

  1. Wild info. First recording… crazy. Florence and the Machine never do disappoint. Did he ever kill the executioner??? I really like your songs, Dream Rescuer, Rexie, Red Planet… be proud of yourself all very enticing sounds! ~Kim

    1. Thank you. He did win out and get his own back. I made a killing track for the album. I’ll get to post it soon. Florence is a bit good. ~ George

  2. JGC, ‘Summer Storm in Pas-de-Calais’ looks like a major wind event, wonderful photo. The 1860 recording is incredible, it does have a very eerie quality to it. Love the opening the sounds in ‘Coming to the New Lands’ plus you’ve captured sounds of a big city, as well as the feelings of the eldest son (hurry up/frantic) as he finds/maneuvers his way through the largeness of city, people in motion, the hustle-bustle, the stop and go of life. You’ve really got it down. Thank you for, ‘Sky Full of Song’, super. Enjoy your week ahead. ~ PM

    1. Thanks, PM. I took that photo through a window. It was a brilliant storm that only lasted about 10 minutes. France is good at those in summer. Have a great day, JGC

  3. Oh yay, I love Florence + The Machine! Love the urban grittiness here. I hope you dig my next music post; you and Mark Mothersbaugh (yes, of Devo) know how to use your synth. 🙂

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