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The Baschet brothers were French siblings born in the early twentieth century who both lived into their 90s. François wanted to be a sculptor, and Bernard studied engineering. In the 1950s, they combined their knowledge, skills and interests to develop a unique methodology of musical instrument production and sonic generation. They wanted to create new sounds for a new world, sounds of joyful strangeness emanating from innovative instruments.

François e il suo team hanno realizzato varie forme di acciaio industriale – lamiere, barre, lingotti, elementi di fissaggio – in costruzioni sonore formidabili e volutamente all’avanguardia. Tutte le sculture sonore di Baschet sono state progettate per essere acustiche, i loro suoni sono amplificati localmente da membrane a piastre, coni risonatori e vibrazioni simpatiche. Non richiedono energia elettrica, ma alcuni dei suoni che generano sono molto simili ai suoni prodotti dalla sintesi elettronica.

Les Sculptures Sonores – as the brothers named their instrument family – are a peculiar combination of minimal aesthetics and evident function. The materials are unashamedly industrial, more redolent of an engineering workshop than a luthier’s studio, including long lengths of threaded rod and wire, springs, nut and bolt fixings, panel-beaten metal sheets, fibreglass and cardboard. The most exotic material is probably the varying length glass rods of their ‘Cristal Baschet’ family of instruments.

Neuf Voix, always passionate and fascinated by sound manipulation and visual art, couldn’t resist the allure of these beautiful sound works, deciding to compose an album that included specific sounds produced by them. Neuf Voix’s work involves direct sampling of the works, played by himself, and the manipulation of these files to make the listening experience of the sounds they produce as unique and distinctive as possible. The album containing this work will be released soon, and a live performance with the same works featured on stage is not ruled out.