L’Enchanteur – The Enchanter
The Enchanter is a digital jukebox created as part of the public commission, “The Enchanted High School” by Saadâne Hafif. It’s a musical database, gathers music from the four corners of the world, classified in 32 rubrics with exhilarating titles.
These titles are not explicit, but are clues, evocations of what could be found there (Demix Roussos, Not Crete, Neighboring Rock, Acerbic Music, etc.) Inside these rubrics, we find musical pieces that are modern, contemporary, underground, experimental, improvised, etc., all connected by a theme that differs from one category to another, giving them their own identity. Humor is thus used to demystify the act of listening to this music, at times considered baffling.
The title of rubrics along with the choice of pieces appearing in the work are purely subjective, depending on the personal tastes of the artist, the rareness of the recording, its historical character or the variety of musical forms and styles. Samon Takahashi thus offers not the history of music, but a history of music.
Samon Takahashi (1970-) is an actor, composer, plastic and conceptual artist. His works often attempt to create languages between his different practices, in the form of grammar or classification.