Amyeric Leroy a eu un long entretien avec Robert Wyatt à Londres en juin 2001 à l'occasion du Meltdown Festival dont Robert Wyatt était le curateur.
Cet interview découpé en 6 parties est un témoignage inestimable des conditions psychiques et matérielles qui ont abouti à la création de Rock Bottom.



 





Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 1 of 6)



From an interview made in 2001, this is a series of edited excerpts that deal with the genesis and contents of Robert's masterpiece "Rock Bottom". In this first part, Robert talks about composing the music in Venice in the Winter of 1972/73, then on his hospital bed after his June 1973 accident, and how Alfie's gift of a cheap organ helped shape the album's unique soundworld.


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Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 2 of 6)


In this second part, Robert discusses the writing process for the album, and his music in general, and his collaboration with the participating musicians.


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Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 3 of 6)


In this part we discuss how and in what order Robert's own performances and the contributions of the guest musicians were conceived and recorded, with a particular focus on Ivor Cutler's monologue(s).


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Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 4 of 6)


In this part we discuss Robert's use of loops on "Rock Bottom" and "Dondestan", then the inspiration behind some of the references in the album's lyrics, beginning with the moles, which prompts a contribution from Alfie (there will be more in the next part).


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Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 5 of 6)


In this part, prompted by a question about the "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Little Red Robin Hood" (which will be addressed in detail in the final part), Robert explains how his lyrics for "Rock Bottom" aren't meant to convey an unequivocal message, but although they shouldn't be taken literally, they aren't devoid of meaning.


>> On YouTube here.






Robert Wyatt on "Rock Bottom" (Part 6 of 6)



In this final part, we continue to discuss Robert's use of the characters of Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood in "Rock Bottom", beginning with a contribution from Alfie. The conversation then moves to Robert's collaboration with Fred Frith on "Muddy Mouse/Mouth", before Robert concludes with some really enlightening insights into his creative process.


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Aymeric Leroy a contribué de multiples manières à faire connaître et aimer la scène de Canterbury : créateur dès les années 90 du site de référence calyx-canterbury.fr, il a publié "L'école de Canterbury" chez Le Mot et le Reste ainsi que d'autres ouvrages consacrés à la musique progressive.
Il participe à de nombreux évènements autour de cette scène musicale dont il a acquis une connaissance encyclopédique souvent sollicitée pour la rédaction des liner-notes de nos albums préférés...




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