There is a great tradition of exchange and correspondence work in experimental music. In the 80's, there were a lot of cassettes with musicians who had never met each other but were exchanging sounds by post mail. Nowadays it's even simpler and more obvious.
The imposed period of confinement - in France between March 17 and May 11, and between October 30 and December 15, 2020 - was ideal for restarting such projects.
Jean-Philippe Gross and Jérôme Noetinger have had the opportunity to play several times as a duo since 2009. They decided to start this new email collaboration based on the idea of the exquisite corpse. One musician created a first sequence and sent only the last 10 seconds to the next one who then mixed or pasted his sequence into it, and so on.
The first two "Cadavre" were published by Cafe Oto in-house label Takuroku in July 2020.
Excited by this new way of working, Jean-Philippe Gross and Jérôme Noetinger decided to go deeper into it. Each of the fourth "Cadavre" that you will find on this CD was realised in one day only, each musician having only 30 minutes to build his answer. The final result was only slightly modified in terms of volume.
The rawness of the process itself creates music that would otherwise be impossible to make. It's as beautiful as it is strange, improbable and unexpected, absurd and playful, and it is not easy to guess who does what.