Joe Meek was born on April 5, 1929! An English sound producer and engineer to whom we owe one, if not the first, concept album in history: I Hear a New World, a record-breaking record offering avant-garde vocals reminiscent of extraterrestrial music …
The story goes that Joe Meek will hopefully put the microphones in the cemetery Record some messages from the deceased. For him, the sound recording had the power to make us hear parallel universes, a new world.
When he scores Album “I Hear A New World”Hear a new world, Joe Mick was not yet the recognized songwriter of the 1960s. It’s 1959, before Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club for the Beatles or The Wall of Pink Floyd and Joe Meek created the first album thought to be a work in its own right: A psychedelic concept album invites us to tour space to discover amazing sounds. And whoever says the unknown world, says experimental mixing techniques! For example, stereo, that is, distributed by two separate loudspeakers to give the illusion of depth and space. Besides the stereo sound that was still of little use for recordings at the end of the 1950s, there are also male voices that were speeded up to evoke the sounds of cute aliens …
A world of science fiction where we also find strange sounds of Claviolin, An electronic keyboard invented by the French inventor Constant Martin in 1947. A machine loved by Joe Meek and whose bell was evoked by the strings of the cello or violin, hence its name.
Hear a new world that makes us hear strange machines like claviolin and also everyday things. Joe Mick and the blue man slap half-empty milk bottles with spoons, rub the teeth of a comb over the edge of an ashtray and cram on children’s toys. Entire instruments were recorded and remixed so that it was difficult to identify objects at the origin of these new sounds at the time.
This mix of catchy melodies and innovative sounds of the late 1950s predates Democratization of the present-day tactile and electro-acoustic music of Pierre Henry and his strut from 1967.
Unlike Pierre Henry, Schaeffer, or other composers who are considered pioneers in the field of electronics, Joe Meek never sought to make school. For this musician in the shade who lived only for a short time on Earth, the main thing, Schoenberg wrote of his time, was to make us feel the air of a new planet.
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