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Le Paradis Blanc

  • Title: Le Paradis Blanc
  • Artist: Etant Donnés
  • Label: Warm
  • Format: LP+DVD
  • Genres: 1980's, Soundtrack, Experimental Electronic, Noise, Dark Ambient, Video Art, Misc France
  • Price: €25,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€21,01non-EU

"The album Le Paradis Blanc was recorded in 1983. This unreleased album until today is also the music of a film directed by Etant Donnés the same year.

The film and music were part of a three days installation and performance of Etant Donnés in the ELAC (Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain) at the Fifth Symposium of Art Performance in Lyon in 1983 : one day for the construction of the installation, one day with a performance and one day for the destruction.

This music like all first works of Etant Donnés was made without any instrument or effect but is the fruit of a long work on a raw sound material coming from nature field recordings and other source like TV, films, radio, streets, factorys, etc.

The film on the DVD is an edit made with the movies of the construction and the destruction of the installation.

Etant Donnés:

In 1977, Eric and Marc Hurtado founded Etant Donnés that quickly became essential in the field of experimental films, performance and experimental and industrial music, recording approximately 30 albums and counting numerous collaborations with major artists of the international music scene and cinema : Alan Vega, Genesis P.Orridge, Michael Gira, Lydia Lunch, Philippe Grandrieux, Mark Cunningham, Bachir Attar and the Master Musicians of Jajouka, etc.

Etant Donnés have played on various places like Documenta in Kassel, The Kitchen in New York, Matresss Factory Pittsburgh, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, Eurokaz in Zagreb, Sonar in Barcelona, Biennale of Lyon, Centre Pompidou, Foundation Cartier, Etrange Festival in Paris, Transmusicales de Rennes, Berlin Atonal, Berlin Prix Europa, Click festival in Denmark etc.

Eleven of their movies are part of the collections of the Centre Pompidou. In 2016, Nicole Brenez organize at the Cinémathèque française a retrospective dedicated to Marc Hurtado and part of an exhibition titled «Cinéma d’avant-garde. After 8 years of absence, the band was back on stage on may 2017 during the Click festival in Denmark and performs again in september 2017 at the festival Tower Transmissions in Dresden."