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RIP Harold Budd (1936 – 2020)

 The Plateaux of Mirror 

Harold Budd was an American composer working primarily in ambient music.

 The Pearl

His two collaborations with Brian Eno, 1980’s The Plateaux of Mirror and 1984’s The Pearl, established his trademark atmospheric piano style.

Update: it took a Facebook comment of David Toop to bring Budd’s best work to my attention:”Bismillahi ‘Rrahman’ Rrahim” (1975):

Budd’s track on the Marion Brown Vista album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjNqksj0mkk&ab_channel=ishimats

and Budd’s own recording of that track on The Pavillion of Dreams.

RIP Howard Wales (1943 – 2020)

Howard Wales was a keyboardist best known for his collaborations with Jerry Garcia in the early 1970s.

However, solo, he produced little gems such as this “Rendez-Vous With The Sun, Part. 2” on his album of almost the same name in 1976.

The tracks is also included in DJ Harvey’s cult mix “Sarcastic Disco Volume 2” which you will find on Soundcloud.

“Rendez-Vous With The Sun, Part. 2”

RIP and thank you for the music.

RIP Emmanuelle Arsan (1932 – 2005)

This happened some time ago. But the general public only found out years later that Emmanuelle Arsan had died. At first it said that it happened in 2007, but later it appeared to be in 2005.

Interview with Emmanuelle Arsan, real name Marayat Rollet-Andriane

More than any fictional character Emmanuelle was the symbol of the sexually liberated woman, celebrating her new freedom because of the pill, the main cause of the sexual revolution.

The funny thing about this Thai born woman, is that nobody today can confirm that it is she who wrote the Emmanuelle novels, some say it was her husband.

What is certain though, is that my hero Eric Losfeld published the first novel of the series clandestinely in 1959 as Emmanuelle (1959).

About the re-writing that has happened since 1959, the book Censure, autocensure et art d’écrire: de l’antiquité à nos jours (2004) by Jacques Domenech notes that the first version was ‘harder‘, more hardcore.

 Io, Emmanuelle (1969)

For the occasion of this post, I watched the Italian film Io, Emmanuelle (1969), which seems a better film than the 1974 Sylvia Kristel vehicle.

But this 1969 version has nothing to do with Emmanuelle.

The name Emmanuelle has gone on to become a by-word for erotic films and conjures up an image of the rotan peacock chair which was used as a publicity shot in the 1974 film starring Sylvia Kristel.

RIP François Leterrier (1929 – 2020)

François Leterrier was a French film director and actor. He entered the film industry when he was cast in Robert Bresson’s film A Man Escaped (1956).

Slices of Life (1985), full film
Goodbye Emmanuelle (1977), side one of the album

Goodbye Emmanuelle (1977) features a reggae-inspired soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg.

Paris sera toujours Paris” segment from  Slices of Life (1985)

His sketch film Slices of Life (1985) is a bit silly but features the prescient and good-hearted “Paris sera toujours Paris” which is an illustration of the Great Replacement theory.

RIP Jutta Lampe (1937 – 2020)

Jutta Lampe was a German actress best-known for her film Marianne and Juliane (1981).

Marianne and Juliane (1981)

In that film she plays the ‘good’ sister, the regular journalist. The ‘bad’ sister has joined the RAF.

Many people forget, but Europe during the 1970s and 1980s, witnessed a series of bloody terrorist attacks rivalling the islamist terrorism of today.