24 November 2012


Rolf Liebermann composed this piece for the Swiss Expo (National exhibition) 1964. Scored for 156 machines - amongst which one can find 16 typewriters, 18 calculator machines, 8 accounting machines, 12 office perforators, 10 caisses enregistreuses, 8 humidificateurs-colleurs, 8 tele-scripteurs, 2 metronomes, 4 bells of signalisation, 2 entrance door gongs, 10 claxons, 16 telephones, 40 experimental signal receptors,1 fork lift, a duplicator and a monte-charge.
Rolf Liebermann was also the head of the main music section of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) from 1957 to 1959. In this function he was responsible for instigating the famous NDR Jazzworkshops. His most popular work might be his Concerto for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra which was premiered by Hans Rosebaud in Donaueschingen in 1954.


Side A:

Symphonie "Les Echanges"       (02:58)
Komposition für 156 Maschinen

Side B:

Symphonie "Les Echanges" - Jazzversion  (06:32)

George Gruntz, prepared piano
Daniel Humair, drums
Pierre Favre, drums

PHILIPS 423 564 PE (1962)

Another version of this EP was released on  Turicaphon EX 17-102 (1964).

Note: "Les Echanges" was composed by Rolf Lieberman.
The Jazz version "Les Echanges" - Jazzversion was composed by Liebermann with George Gruntz.
The Jazz version includes improvised parts.
Also: The  CD release does not contain the original jazz version available on this vinyl record -  instead uses a newly recorded version by George Gruntz!



onxidlib said...
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Anonymous said...

dear friend
this looks like very interesting album. thanks for posting it today.
yours sincerely
alfred venison

boogieman said...

Hi Onxidlib,

I dig extremely strange music. Thanks for posting this obscurity (to me at least).

Anonymous said...

i've been in the rolf-liebermann-studio in hamburg for jazz concerts quite a few times, but never heard a work by liebermann. thanks, onxidlib - time for studying some german jazz/new music roots!!

lucky :)

-Otto- said...

How could I have missed this one. And now the link is no more. As for Liebermann, that's a long story with him and Hamburg and all that. He was an icon in Hamburg way before it was decided to name the NDR Studio 10 after him (the studio and großer Sendesaal in the Oberstraße that used to be the last synagogue built in Hamburg before 1933). The Hamburg State Opera would not be what is it without him. I owe him and the cultural program for the youth of the city of Hamburg (Kulturring der Jugend) quite a bit of gratitude for my classical and otherwise musical education. Maybe time to brush up on my knowledge about this outstanding Swiss musician and Generalintendant.

onxidlib said...


-Otto- said...

Thank you, onxidlib, for the re-up.

-Otto- said...

It only occurred to me now that the disclaimer: "The Jazz version includes improvised parts" reminds me terribly of allergy notices on food packaging that the enclosed product may have been processed in an environment that also processes nuts. I kinda expect no less.

onxidlib said...

... "The Jazz version includes improvised parts"...
found the text somewhere at the www - but it seemed appropriate for a recording which 'dares' to mix two different approaches.
Maybe some listeners were not expecting but rather in fear of any improvisation - those were the times...are they gone...?