Synchrosome II-Ilya and Vanya
Thorez, compositeur et interprète
Coulardeau, auteur et interprète
A small article essentially centered on the technical side
of things, the machines used to produce the CDs. Do not expect anything like a
real critique, or review, or even artistic presentation of the music itself.
But that is always funny to have your name page 16 of a national magazine you
will not be able to read online, only on paper, issue n° 304, February-March
Notre musique vise au dépaysement sonore,
à la recherche d’un univers où instruments, langue et chant se conjuguent en un
tout surprenant et même parfois bouleversant.. . .
thèmes sont d’autant plus développés qu’un récit ou dialogue entre Ilya et
Vanya prend corps liant les chansons et révélant deux êtres se torturant par et
pour leur propre amour dans l’album Synchrosome II, Ilya and Vanya.
visuels sont des peintures de ma cousine, Caroline Guille, tableaux visibles
pour certains, sur son site : caro-paint.com .
This story has to be dedicated to time and life. It is the result of
meeting many people in the avenues of big Paris
gay as is well-known, and gay it is, indeed.
The songs were written to the music Kévin Thorez had previously composed.
All the songs are from 2011-2012.
The dramatic story of Ilya and Vanya was written in 2013, integrating the
lyrics of the songs as part of the story. It is a full homage to a young man
who does not like his name to be quoted or uttered. Anonymous he will stay,
just the way he likes it, and he likes many things, and people.
1:19:14 – Langue : anglais/English – Indie & Alternative –
Explicit Lyrics - ASIN: B00J0B57BC - EUR 9,99 TTC
COLM McELWAIN – JAMES CLYDE
AND THE DIAMONDS OF ORCHESTRA – 2012
Do not enter this book believing
that the adventure will come to a full end. You would be mistaken. This is a
first volume OF a series though I cannot tell you if it is going to be two or
three or more volumes.
This being said you will find the
book interesting. This novel is written for an audience between 12 and 16, when
young people, and I think mostly boys, are still very much uncultured in the
fantasy genre of literature written for young teenagers. If they were they
would react like adults would and that’s where I am going to start because the deeper
meaning comes from there, but it would destroy the pleasure of these young teenagers.
This story is original but it is
great patchwork. The human world on top and a fantasy world under, that’s a
classic in teenage literature. It is first active in Stephen King’s The Talisman (1984) in which King is
associated with Peter Straub. The human world on top is polluted and
irresponsible and that has severe consequences on the fantasy world underneath
in which the young teenager hero has to retrieve a talisman to save his mother
in this world. Strangely enough the human world is superior in the fact that
what happens in it determines what happens in the world underneath. Stephen
King will use the fantasy world again in The
Eyes of the Dragon (1987) that takes place in what is the fantasy world of The Dark Tower. But it is mostly self-contained;
the superior human world is not really used as such. In the series of novels
known under the generic name of The Dark
Tower (started in 1982, hence before the two titles I have just quoted, and
officially terminated in 2004, with yet an extension in 2012) is fundamentally
based on that division of the world in two, the real human world, essentially
New York, and the fantasy world that is going through a deep crisis of death
due to the mismanagement of the human world, yet this fantasy world has no real
future since the vast picaresque journey officially to salvage it ends at the
exact same point as when it started, hence it starts all over again, hence it
is circular, not cyclical, since there is no change between the starting point
and the finishing points that are exactly the same.
None of that in this book where
the human, world is an escape or refuge world and nothing else for the
endangered people in the world underneath.
You will of course think of
Tolkien or even George Martin, but in these authors there is no superior human
world. The whole story is absolutely contained in the fantasy world. There are
many authors along that line. It is in fact a whole genre per se.
But you cannot avoid thinking of
C.S. Lewis and his Narnia saga. The great difference is that in Narnia we are
dealing with books that are all self-sufficient. Each volume brings the story
of the volume to a complete end. It starts most of the time from this world,
concerns young teenagers who pass to the other world where they have some
adventure and they come back to this world when the adventure has come to a
close. You can have some follow-up elements from one volume to another but they
are not basic, meaning they do not build the architecture of each volume, they
build a wider architecture you do not need to enjoy each volume.
There is one essential
difference. This here volume is a first volume that does not bring to a close
the various plots and stories. It calls for a subsequent sequel, which is
slightly frustrating, but which is in full similarity with Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, though maybe more
suspenseful since the epilogue of this here volume is really dropping all
business in absolute suspension.
The world underneath is divided
between a white Zara and a black Darken, the two antagonistic parts of this
fantasy world known as Orchestra, whose inhabitants are Orchins. There are two
kingdoms that are hostile and we enter the story when the two kings have been
eliminated, when the son of the good Queen Belle has been saved into the human
world and when the bad Queen Abigail is dominating the whole Orchestra but yet
misses one element to be supreme, one of three diamonds, the one that was
evacuated into the human world along with Queen Belle’s son, James Clyde. The
whole story is to bring James Clyde back to his Zara throne as the Savior, to
bring the green diamond back to this Orchestra world. And we find ourselves in
the middle of the war started by Queen Abigail to conquer the green diamond, to
kill James the Savior and to establish her power as paramount with the help of
a sorcerer, Imorex. You can note I totally push aside the plot elements that
take place in the human world. So far they are not significant in the Orchestra
It all ends up as unfinished
business at all levels, but rather advanced in a couple of domains.
This black and white world cut in
two spheres is the typical world Salman Rushdie imagined in his story book for
young teenagers Haroun and the Sea of
Stories (1990), and I am sure it has an older model or pattern in Lewis
Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in
Wonderland (1865) with the Queen of Spades against the Queen of Hearts as
an adapted extension of the original story that only has one bad queen, the
Queen of Hearts, and further becoming the good White Queen and the bad Red
Queen in the more than famous adaptation by Walt Disney. We cannot attribute this
split to Lewis Carroll himself but it was introduced rather fast into the story
by various adaptors and plagiarists. We could also think of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (1904) though then the two
worlds are really defined differently, one being the world of normal life when
awake, and the other the world of children’s dreamlike fantasy.
When all that is said – for
adults – we can wonder about the meaning of the story. Such stories are always
based on simple ethics that can be made more or less complicated, subtle and
refined. In this case it is an all-out opposition good versus bad; white versus
black; knights versus monsters (Volen and Dakotas
human and empathetic versus inhuman, un-human and by principle cruel; faithful
and trustworthy versus treacherous and deceitful. Then the only subtleties you
can have are about the level of intelligence of the characters (swift, smart,
brilliant, etc., or the opposites) and the level of self-pride that can reach
total vanity. That makes simple-minded people and heroes. They could be worked upon
slightly more in depth.
The reference to twelve knights
is a real schematic symbol because there is never any list of them. But being
obstinate I found the following names: Gabriel, Joel, Lance, Joseph, Nathan,
Tobias, Eric, David, Noah, Wilmore, Ethan, Matthew, to which we have to add
Kila, which makes twelve since Wilmore is dead, and moreover Gilbert cannot be
considered as a member, though he used to be their leader, since he is the
traitor. We can note of course the pattern of twelve containing a traitor and
that traitor being taken out we come back to twelve again and the twelve
knights are at the service of the Savior, James who is of course the brother of
Jesus, close enough, from a father who was Jacob, hence the same reference
More complex is the diamond
trinity. Since the first one we meet (in fact the third one of the trinity) is
associated to the color green we would like it to lead to the three audiovisual
colors Red Blue and Green, in which green is naturally the third diamond, the
last diamond, the missing diamond. Our author here knows these three colors
since he must have a computer that tells him regularly Red Green Blue or RGB. But
we saw the second diamond when it was stolen by Gilbert, then transferred by
Imorex to Queen Abigail, and it never had anything more than a glint and no color.
Too bad. This trinity would be enriched if it were a trinity of colors, the
audiovisual trinity or the painting trinity (Red Yellow and Blue). But it is a
trinity nevertheless and as such a pattern, the most distant and ancient
pattern of all divinity in all civilizations: the divine is always ternary in a
way or another, three gods for example, and the most famous trinity in European
mythology is the Triple Goddess that became the three weird sisters of Shakespeare.
We cannot of course ignore that it is also the basic nature of the Christian
god, though the Jewish god is binary and the Muslim god is absolutely unitary.
To thus bring a ternary pattern
in a basically binary world is quite significant and it reflects the impossibility
of our modern world to clearly choose between one way or the other, between
progressive reform or conservative reform, constantly questioning that binary
choice with ternary election results that create a third power somewhere that
slows down or blocks the basic binary choice. Maybe after all it is not that
simple and the world should not be reduced to two contradictory antagonistic
elements. Note in this story the earth, the world of the humans is the ternary
element, the escape and the refuge from the binary world underneath.
All those are patterns and they
all are significant and signifying. They build in the child’s mind some fuzzy
structure in which there is a dual existential swinging or swaying movement
between two poles and yet some kind of magical, supernatural and superior
escape from this into a third universe. That should build in the readers the
idea that you always have to keep some option in store in case the basic dual
options did not work. Between two black and white (or black and red if you
prefer) extremes it is most of the time a complex combination of the various
hues and shades of the in-between grey(s) that is the alternative, the escape,
the refuge. This is the main post-post-modern consciousness of our world. After
the fundamentalisms of the 19th century that outlived themselves up
to the early 1950s we thought there was no truth but only a myriad of points of
view, and now after 50 years of post modern belief we come to this simpler
approach that humanity is always divided between two contradictory and antagonistic
extremes and yet the truth can only be in-between in the palette of all the
grey(s) you can imagine.
Between the extreme red and blue,
infra-red and ultraviolet, the existential truth is in the vast spectrum of
yellow and green provided the two extreme margins are never completely
annihilated, even if they could ever be.
This is rich literature for
teenagers, though it could be make even richer by working more on the
in-between shades of plot, characters, genders and monstrosities. The next
volume might enrich this vision. Let’s hope so.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
BBC – PEAKY BLINDERS – 2014 – SERIES 2
This second series widens the
geographical frame and leads the Shelby’s to London. The Irish are
definitely on the back burner and Winston Churchill is quite obviously playing
a game of his own against the “new cop who came from Ireland” and cannot think in other
terms than the IRA. Winston Churchill must be seeing beyond the Irish problem
and seeing that the inner English problem is more dangerous for the crown than
the Irish rebellion to which anyway they yielded then.
That’s where moving to London and
trying to start an export business the Shelby’s came in full confrontation with
two other organized shady and fuzzy business gangs in this field of
entertainment, alcohol and tobacco. The Italians and the Jews. The Italians
want to be over everyone, so the Shelby’s who are identified as the Gypsies tie
up an alliance with the Jews against the Italians who saw the danger and then
tie up a new alliance with the Jews against the Gypsies. Three groups that are
defined ethnically, culturally and religiously who try to take control of the
entertainment business with the enormous US market presently shaken by
prohibition and yet next door to Canada which is not concerned but is a marvelous
Those three groups are in a
struggle that looks more like a war but it is essential to understand modern England. England had a
bill of rights and other more common law than constitutional basic civil rights
but for a long time limited to the Protestants, the Catholics being excluded. When
they had to move away from this segregation they introduced or maintained
(since Italian and Gypsies are Catholics and Jews are not exactly Protestants)
other discriminations against other communities essentially seen as
non-English. The Italians are obvious since they are of foreign origin and Mussolini
is going to come to power and Italian refugees, mostly communists, are going to
increase in numbers. The Jews are less obvious but anti-Semite feelings in England have always
been high in the past, Shakespeare being a good example there, or Dickens. And
these Jews have strange customs that are kind of shocking to the English. Finally
the Gypsies have always been some kind of social enemy and social marginal
group that was always engaged in shady business with the reputation of
practicing prostitution, drug dealing, illegal betting and illegal fights, and
many other niceties of the type.
The most dangerous fact is that
they are all back from the First World War where they learned how to use
weapons and how to fight and they do not want to be downtrodden any more.
In this society the real danger
is the possibility for the communists to conquer a vast influence based on
discontentment. So the best way is to come to terms with some of the shady
groups so that they will entertain the lower classes and prevent discontentment
from becoming dangerous revolutionary enterprises or adventures. In this second
series this communist danger is mostly marginalized and Winston Churchill wants
to take the control of the entertainment business and he considers the gypsies
are the least dangerous in that line.
So while the “new cop” from
Ireland, who does not from my point of view deserve a name because he is not
doing police work but civil war military action, is going on with his plan of
getting rid of one higher up military officer who has in a way or another in
the “new cop’s” mind betrayed his ideals in Ireland, and what’s more he is
going on with his secondary plan of using Thomas Shelby to fulfill the first,
Winston Churchill plans saving Thomas Shelby from the hands of this “new cop
from Ireland” and keeping him in store for some objective we cannot know.
This exploration of
discriminatory and racist England
is interesting because we would not think it was like that so little time back,
and yet it is the lessons learned from this period that explains the policy
with various communities who have their autonomy and their self governing
powers in various fields like education. What others in the world call communitarianism
is totally recognized in England
and it works rather well when connections and relations are established between
and among the communities within city councils and borough boundaries. We are
here at the roots of English reformist conservatism which kills the left most
of the time who wants to impose some principles that go against practical
realism in social matters.
Of course this series has to get
rid of a couple of people who are blocking the future and to save a couple more
without whom there would be no future. In other words the next series is thus clearly
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
– HOSTAGES – 2013
This thriller is interesting,
though not so much as a thriller, AND rather as a way the author uses to
express and air some ideas about this world.
He deals with Chile
more or less reflectS some historical consensual ideas about Allende and
Pinochet. It is a cliché that the landless and the poor were going to seize the
land and the possessions of the rich. Yet it was true that Allende was a
fundamentalist Marxist, or at least his party was referring to Stalin as one of
their main figures; Marx, Lenin and Stalin. When you used such symbols in the
early 1970s it could only generate fear and hostility. Then the author is true
about the military coup organized by Pinochet though he is wrong about Allende
being killed. We know today he committed suicide before being taken. But that
is more or less consensual. His character Amado is one of the sons of a land-owning
military family that supported Pinochet. That is intended to more or less give
us some sympathy for the chap, though he is not a victim of his social origin.
He is a privileged person in Chile
and in the USA
managed to become a citizen by buying himself an American wife for 1,500
dollars and he got a job in some American Agency thanks to his father’s
connections in diplomacy in Washington
The second opportunity comes with
Tom O’Malley and his girlfriend Amy who just graduated from Georgetown University
earlier in the day when Tom is taken hostage in Washington DC
The vision of these upper middle class white students who yet work part time at
least to pay for their expenses are more than naïve about the world: they are
described as purely blind and maybe it is better like that because otherwise
they would get completely berserk: they do not have the human strength it takes
to face the real world. These young people do not seem to have any altruistic
ideals either. They only believe in their welfare and in their pleasure that
can include an elephant walk or strutting naked on the top of an apartment
complex provided it is done within the normal codes of a celebration after a
rugby match though it could also be after a football game. But do not panic,
the version of the elephant walk in this book is a civilized and prudish one.
The Urban Dictionary would give you a completely different description not for
sports events celebration but for hazing – which is illegal though widely
practiced. Here is their description though slightly edited by me: “Often used for hazing where a group of guys form a
straight line and grab the e**** c*** of the guy in back of them with one hand
and put the thumb of the other hand in the s******** of the guy in front of
them then they walk in a circle.” You must understand they are naked of course.
Their only objective beyond their university years is to marry and start a
family with several kids. And probably one dog and a cat and several cars.
That’s the middle and upper middle class ambition in the USA.
third opportunity is the originally Christian André, the son of a hotel
developer in Beirut, turned Muslim Abdul when his three many star hotels are
bombed down during one episode of civil war in Lebanon. He becomes the main
agent of some kind of kinky propaganda operation in the USA where he takes twenty, twenty-one or
twenty-two hostages in the Agency for World Peace in Washington DC.
This is in no way in conformity with the methods used by Islamic terrorists. If
they take hostages and do not kill them it’s because they have a particular
demand, which is implied in the book but never specified, and because these
demands are satisfied, which is impossible since the USA do not bargain with terrorists
as it is clearly expressed in the book. So their killing only one after
liberating two, Amado and Tom, who were supposed to carry demands that never
came, sounds totally illogical. I am not good at suspending my disbelief too
much, and here it is a lot. Terrorists just want to make as many casualties as
possible at the lower human cost possible, generally only one terrorist agent, and
when they do not reach a dozen or more casualties it’s the result of bad
planning or hostile circumstances.
is the weak point in this novel. He is not believable. But we can make do with
general frame of the plot is slightly loose though it is tightly kept within
some clear cut limits. Loose since after the hostage operation the two freed
hostages go on a radio and TV show tour without any police protection to be
celebrities for two weeks because it cannot last more than two weeks. After two
weeks the American public needs a change. That’s loose since they go to
Washington, San Francisco, LA,
Houston and Miami and probably a few more stops but can’t
make much more in two weeks, which is tight.
the whole thing is based on the very silly character of Amado. He is hired by
André-Abdul for a double hostage taking operation, the second episode being
right at the end of the celebrity tour, and this Amado thinks (since Tom was
not included in the original plan: he comes into the picture as a pizza
delivery boy in the wrong place at the wrong time) the second operation was
just to be as fake as the first one and that he was going to go through with
one millions US dollars. You sure must be a dullard if you believe that. But he
believes it and though he is told that at the end the pizza boy will have to
killed he never believes he will be killed too. What’s more he falls in “love”
with Tom and Tom falls not in love but for Amado anyway who is only a
boy-version of Amy his girlfriend except that Amado is only one of the boys Tom
like many male American around 20 is used to go out with crawling from one bar
to the next for beer and alcohol, at least in the states where they do not have
to be 21 to be served. I could call that a bar pilgrimage whose only objective
is to get drunk slowly and to end up doing some dumb things like smoking
marihuana, taking cocaine, injecting heroin, and of course biting in the flesh
of girls who may slap you for it but you will do it again on the slapper or on
the one next to the slapper.
But do not ask me why these two
rescued or freed hostages did not have an FBI agent going along with them in
their tour. It sounds like very bad precautionary police work. I find the FBI
rather under all expectations here. It is true we are used to Dexter, CSI of
all shades, NCIS of several coasts and many others. So we seem to know better,
and we probably do. And do not forget in this case the Department of Homeland
Security and the CIA. Maybe Pizza Boy was an accident, but Amado, from Chile mind you,
was one of the original hostages and the end of the first hostage episode should
have brought up a strong suspicion that there was some kind of bizarre planning
especially since André-Abdul had disappeared from the scene when the SWAT
stormed the building. And the fact that he could be a “mole” had to be taken
seriously by security services.
But it is funny ah ah and rather
dense enough to be enjoyable. It maybe turns a little bit long at some stops
along the tour. But it is purely coincidental if American, Amy and Amado start
with the same two letters.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU