henri pousseur

Hommage au sauvage - A Portrait of Henri Pousseur


This road movie tells the tale of Henri Pousseur's last journey to Basel, Swiss.

French + English subtitles
released by SUB ROSA / OME


Over 15 years ago, the Basel-based Fondation Paul Sacher, which preserves archives related to 20th century music, sent its best expert, musicologist Dr. Albi Rosenthal, to Henri Pousseur's home. Upon finding out the scope of documents Pousseur had kept, the musical antiquarian's eyes almost POPPED OUT!
Pousseur's past, present and future archives are all donated to the Foundation: magnetic tapes, scores, correspondence, along with his most complex research work,
the most obscure sound materials, the most random memos. For the fourth time, Henri leads the convoy en route to Basel... this film tells the tale of this last journey.

We are practitioners of the marathonian talk.
And in that regard, the Road Movie format can be perfect, as we will see. For hours on end, the Road Movie conjures up far-away and ancient places, but we know nothing of the moment, the location, and the context of their emergence. The enclosed and moving space of the car can only be beneficial to them. it is the only thing you believe in then. on the way back, after sitting in the car for hours, the setting sun illuminates Pousseur's face. he remembers his first glimpse of Mount Fuji. In the car, he carefully shows us where he was sitting on the Tokyo-Kyoto train, years ago: "Right there, like that. My wife was there and I was there." through the window, he shows us where Mount Fuji stood. and suddenly, we can see it too, silhouetted on the
horizon, "in the flesh" (leibhaftig). Thanks to what happens off camera, the filmed
reminiscence turned into Presence. as we capture the tale of this vision, we can see
what Pousseur sees. and yet, beyond that, and that light: nothing. The power of the Documentary, which manages to change sensations simply by recording a living, direct, and unpredictable narration. What other art form has the same power? None.
OME team



Discography on SUB ROSA

Liège à Paris / out of stock
SR117 CD
Four Parabolic Studies / out of stock
SR174 4CD
Paraboliques remixes feat. Oval, Main.... / available
SR199 2CD
Mixed music 1966-1970 / available
SR231 CD
Electronic experimental and microtonal 1953-1999 / available
SR289 CD
Parabolic From Hell (Parabolique d'Enfer) / available
SR318 CD