A doppelgänger, as you know, means “a copy.” On Doppeldoppelgänger, you’d somewhat expect the name to live up to what’s on the grooves but that’s not the case. Experimental artists abound and Shelter Press made sure to avoid any “thematic or formal constraints.” There’s only six tracks available for preview from Doppeldoppelgänger and while the incredible Félicia Atkinson is on here, Jean-Claude Vannier’s “Gambangan” really caught my ear. Another thing to mention: literature is the mode. On the sleeve and on the record, you’ll find numerous quotations intertwined with noise from various sources, including the narration sometimes doubling back. These excerpts seem significantly shorter than what A Number of Small Things usually offers, so along with only six tracks being available, we could be missing much more variety that’s cut for play time. If nothing else, you can buy this as a curio. Listen to the preview by clicking through the Buy Now button below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

A subjective compilation by David Le Simple and Vincent Romagny after the three exhibtions cycle ‘Doppelgänger’ at Ceaac curated by Vincent Romagny.

The double LP ‘Doppeldoppelgänger’ is a purely subjective compilation of sound works by artists (Félicia Atkinson, bruant&spangaro), sound from films by artists (David Lamelas), sound poetry and performances (John Giorno, Karl Holmqvist, Lisa Holzer & David Jourdan); of works by very different cult composers (Benjamin Britten, Jean-François Pauvros, Gérard Pesson, Jean-Claude Vannier), legendary groups (Deux Filles) and unclassifiables (Potima Zen Neuman, Joiejoiejoie); and of specially recorded reprises: Aidons Antoine mixing Karl Holmqvist, Melissa Saint-Pierre reprising Colin McPhee, Anne Steffens and Don Niño performing Kurt Weill and David Le Simple mixing « Minh singt seine Sehnsucht ».

The LP reflects the same concern that drove the exhibitions making up the Doppelgänger cycle: avoidance of thematic and formal constraints in in pursuance of shifts in the concept of the « double ». Plus an underpinning of literary texts – whence the many quotations to be found on the sleeve.

Like Gérard Pesson transcribing Brahms's « Fourth Ballad » from memory years after hearing the work (Nebenstück); and like Robert Rauschenberg reading, along with other artist friends of John Giorno, from the latter's Pornographic Poem on the disc of the same name: the task here is to recompose what haunts us and to repeat what moves us.

A1. David Lamelas ‘Reading Film from ‘‘Knots’’ by R.D. Laing’ (excerpt)
A2. Bruant&Spangaro ‘OU-A-O-OUM’
A3. Benjamin Britten ‘A Ceremony of Carols, Op.28 : This Little Babe’
A4. Joiejoiejoie
B1. Potima Zen Neumann ‘. . . . ..Exalt}{Recall.. . . . ‘
B2. Torture {Aidons Antoine Remix, after Karl Holmqvist}
B3. John Giorno (w/ Robert Rauschenberg) ‘Pornographic Poem’ (excerpt)
B4. Gérard Pesson ‘Nebenstück (after Johannes Brahms’s 4th Ballade )’
C1. Lisa Holzer, David Jourdan ‘RR, Relaxed Reading or The Ambient Stylistics of Tan Lin’
C2. Félicia Atkinson ‘Gothic analytics’
C3. Félicia Atkinson ‘Minh singt sein Sehnsucht (mnong gar version)’
D1. Jean–François Pauvros ‘Cri de Coeur’
D2. Karl Holmqvist ‘Torture’
D3. Deux Filles ‘L’Intrigue’
D4. Jean-Claude Vannier ‘Browning’
D5. Jean-Claude Vannier ‘YOUKALI’
D6. Jean-Claude Vannier ‘GAMBANGAN’

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