Metamkine: Collection Cinéma pour l’oreille

This is an excellent series of 3” CDs (ranging from 12 to 21 minutes long) in neat packaging, focussing on electro-acoustic and musique concrete composers (if your CD-player can’t already cope with the 3” format, adaptors are readily available).

Luc Ferrari’s Unheimlich Schön comes from 1971 and is much more restrained than the Marchetti piece. It starts with the voice of Ilse Lau repeating the title, and as the verbal content of her voice is allowed to deteriorate, extraneous sounds like breathing come to the fore. The effect is interesting and reminiscent of Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room.