Friday, December 30, 2016

Colleen - Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique - The Leaf Label 2006

Here is another album by the French composer and musician Colleen (Cécile Schott) that I have enjoyed immensely over the years. Not unlike "The Golden Morning Breaks" (which you can check out here if you have not: ) "Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique" is full of delightful sounds such as gentle gamelan-like music that entrances while whispering in your ear and shimmering, delicate percussive music boxes. This sound world  allow Schott's pieces to float effortlessly like dandelion phyllaries letting go of their seeds - this is what I see and feel every time I listen. To me it's like the aural equivalent of macro photography at its most magical.

Colleen's own words about the album: 

This long EP, released in 2006 on The Leaf Label, was born from an invitation by national French radio France Culture for their programme Atelier de Création Radiophonique : I had to make a one-hour long piece and chose to explore the world of music boxes, small and large, new and old, and incorporated excerpts from films including music boxes between the songs. I was able to rely on the help and expertise of my friend musician, producer and radio presenter John Cavanagh, who owns a considerable collection of antique music boxes, and recorded me in Glasgow improvising with small mallets or my fingers on those huge Victorian models. 

Although the songs were originally intended only for that radio programme, The Leaf Label liked the music so much that they decided to release it as an EP (for copyright reasons, the film excerpts could not be included).





Pia said...

Really beautiful - so grateful for this tz

happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tzadik thank you for introducing me to the music of Colleen. It is magic, and I am adoring it!

Everything you do here fantastic.