Kalas Liebfried - Corps-á-Corps feat. MC Nancy
Sound Performance / Listening Session
9 November 2018, 7 pm
Full Video: vimeo.com/258882313
‚Corps-á-corps‘ is the French expression for close fighting. Literally it means ‚body-to-body‘: the close relation between individual bodies as well as their singular physical and mental condition of being a collection of „items, pieces, limbs, areas, shapes, functions. Heads, gristles, burns, tendernesses, splashes, sleep“ – corpus corporum.
Kalas Liebfried‘s electronic music piece and essayistic album named after that phrase is based on Jean-Luc Nancy‘s aphorism collection „58 indices sur le corps“ (engl. „58 indices on the body“) which tries to explore the way we can negotiate and perceive the „pieces, areas, fragments“ of what we call a body. Kalas Liebfried uses found footage material of Jean-Luc Nancy reading the indices and transforms his voice into the verses of a MC who is ready to set a dancing crowd into a dionysian flush.
After three months of collecting and home-recording a mount of sample materials relating associatively to Nancy‘s thoughts, Liebfried has sketched ten tracks out of rough percussions, noise snippets and the philosopher‘s voice. These études became the foundation for another three months of instrumental studio sessions. During this period the tracks have been decomposed and brought on a stretch as an essay about the affective relation between electronic music and the (inter-)subjective body.
A specific sound which oscillates between an organic and a synthetic „body of sounds“ is created by combining samples, synthesizers (e.g. the 1982 Roland Juno 60 and the Access Virus Ti2) and recorded saxophone and percussion patterns as a counterpoint to Nancy‘s readings.
Using minimal composition techniques, Kalas Liebfried develops a process of continuous narrative sequences. The whole composition is considered as a symphonic silent movie soundtrack which has no need for any imagery and prefers to evoke scenes in the minds of the recipient. This is why „corps-á-corps“ is presented as a listening session in a completely dark room. The sonic performance leaves the auditor alone with his hearing and the sonic affection on his body, dismissing his spare senses: the body becomes immaterial, „a sketch, an outline, an idea.“ The own body becomes audible and turns into a resonating body, together with all the other bodies in the dark space – chiming to Jean-Luc Nancy‘s disembodied cosmic voice.
Co-produced and mixed by Lobo at Kraftraum 404
Additional recordings: Mathias R. Zausinger (sax) and Miko Watanabe (tamtams, jazz drums)