Salvador Dalí (1904-1989)

Je Suis Fou De Dalí! (1975)

  1. La Folie
  2. Le Génie
  3. Le Cinéma
  4. La Conquête de l'Espace
  5. L'Hibernation
  6. Le Sport
  7. La Jeunesse
  8. Dieu
  9. La Méthode Paranoïaque Critique
  10. L'Amour
  11. Don Juan
  12. Les Anges
  13. Le Pet
  14. La Mort
  15. La Liberté

A year after the release of his Cathar audiovisual opera-poem Etre Dieu, with music composed by Igor Wakhevitch, Salvador Dalí released Je Suis Fou de Dalí, a collection of well-chosen excerpts from an interview with three French journalists: François Deguelt, Jean-Pierre Mottier and Simon Wajntrob. If truth be told, most of it is pure joke and self-promotion, and the difference is tenuous at times between surrealism and senility. But if we set aside the many scatological jokes, some excerpts are simply mindblowing, genuine audio equivalents of a Dalí Surrealist painting. - Continuo

Presented in collaboration with Continuo

Être Dieu ‎(1985)
Salvador Dalí & Igor Wakhévitch

  1. Ouverture Et Première Entrée 22:12
  2. Deuxième Entrée Ou La Lutte Avec L'Ange 22:12
  3. Troisième Entrée Et Première Sortie 24:25
  4. Le Rêve Passe 23:33
  5. Quatrième Entrée Ou La Profession De Foi 27:42
  6. Final Et Seconde Sortie 25:00

Recorded At – Studio Pathé Marconi EMI
Composed By – Igor Wakhévitch, M. Vázquez Montalban, Pierre Delabre, Salvador Dalí
Conductor – Boris de Vinogradow
Drums – François Auger
Electric Bass – Didier Batard
Electric Guitar – J.J. Flety*, J.P. Castelain*
Engineer – Claude Wagner
Engineer [Assistant] – A. Robert Bourdet*
Orchestra – Ensemble Polyphonique De Paris Et Orchestre*
Percussion [Solo] – Sylvio Gualda
Soprano Vocals – Eve Brenner
Synthesizer – Igor Wakhévitch
Violin [Electric] – M. Ripoche*
Voice Actor [El Divino Dalí] – Salvador Dalí
Voice Actor [El Narrador Y El Recitador] – Didier Haudepin
Voice Actor [El ángel] – Alain Cuny
Voice Actor [El] – Raymond Gérôme
Voice Actor [Ella] – Delphine Seyrig
Voice Actor [La Narradora] – Catherine Allegret

Être Dieu: opéra-poème, audiovisuel et cathare en six parties (French for "Being God: a Cathar Audiovisual Opera-Poem in Six Parts") is a self-proclaimed "opera-poem" written by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, based on a libretto by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán with music by French avant-garde musician Igor Wakhévitch. It was originally published in 1985.

The six-part work features Dali as God, Brigitte Bardot as an artichoke and Catherine the Great and Marilyn Monroe do a striptease. It has been published in an extremely rare 3 LP box-set by a Spanish label. It was re-released in a regular 3CD box published by German-label Eurostar who subsequently went out of business, and there are few-to-no known performances of the work. Dalí painted "Self-Portrait" (1972) to mark the composition of the opera, which was later auctioned by the United States Customs Service after being seized after Colombian drug lords tried to use the painting to launder money.

Radioscopie De Jacques Chancel: Salvador Dalí
(French language)

1 Part 1
2 Part 2
3 Part 3
4 Part 4
5 Part 5
6 Part 6
7 Part 7
8 Part 8
9 Part 9
10 Part 10
11 Part 11
12 Part 12
13 Part 13
14 Part 14
15 Part 15
16 Part 16
17 Part 17
18 Part 18

Interview in french recorded on the 4th of January 1971 in Hôtel Meurice in Paris.

Total playing time: 38:31

Various Tracks

1. L’Apothéose Du Dollar (4:22) (1967) One-sided flexidisc 7”, published 1971.

This 1967 one-sided flexidisc 7-inch is actually for the CCF, a French commercial bank. After the Salvador Dalí monologue about his money obsession, comes a message from CCF salesman.

There was a time when bankers knew how to have fun. In 1971, the french bank Crédit Commercial de France was selling (not offering) Salvador Dali's book L'Apothéose Du Dollar to its customers in CCF agencies all over the country. To promote the book and their customer-oriented financial services they had their advertising agency Publicis create this disc for which Dali wrote a remarkably cynical Dollar appraise. The first part is Dali reading the great poem above. The 2nd part is a bank PR promoting the CCF. The final part is Dali promoting his own book.

L’Apothéose Du Dollar

Nommé par un anagramme par André Breton :
Avida Dollars
Lequel anagramme avait été fait avec une petite mauvaise intention
Croyant me gêner.
Au contraire, c’était le mot magique
Qui a fait que depuis ce moment
Les dollars ont plu sur ma tête
Comme une véritable divine diahrrée.
Ce qui fait que depuis je m’endors chaque nuit
De plus en plus entouré de satisfaction
Parce qu’il y a rien au monde
Qui me procure autant de satisfaction
Que sentir cette pluie monotone et divine de dollars.

Mais il y a un autre côté qui amusera tous les gens qui m’écoutent
C’est que justement, Auguste Comte, le grand philosophe français
Au moment d’inventer sa nouvelle religion positiviste
Il avait dit, avant de commencer cette religion :
“Il faut que nous comptions avec les banquiers”

Or ça c’est quelque chose d’apothéosique
Et qui prouve que sans banquiers il n’y a même pas de religion.
Tout le Moyen Age a été basé sur la transmutation de la matière vile en or
Puisque l’unique façon de spiritualiser la matière
C’est de l’aurifier.
Or, aussitôt que quelque chose devient de l’or
Devient de la puissance e-spirituelle.
Et dans un monde dans lequel il y a de plus en plus d’impuissance,
Il faut vraiment que l’or qui reconstitue cette barre de Jasé
Qui va de la terre vile au ciel par la transmutation de l’or.

2. Interview with Salvador Dalí (1963)

In conversation with David Bryson in 1963 (English).

3. Salvador Dalí Speaks (1960)

From ECHO Magazine, 1960.

""a hilarious discussion between salvador dali and edward mulhare (who was touring at the time replacing rex harrisson as henry higgins in the play my fair lady) where dali suggests a new way of intuitively articulating familiar words to make them more interesting. it's a nice way of making everyday words sound a bit like kurt schwitters ursonate. according to the notes: "mr. dali urges that after this initial exposure to dalinguistics echo listeners will, with words of their own choosing, employ his methods to strengthen their communicating power." try it out on your friends today..."

1960 saw the birth and death of the short lived ECHO magazine. echo was a 7" spiral bound 24 page "culture" magazine that could've only come out of ny. it was basically made up of short teaser articles on such things as jazz, james thurber, bob & ray, dances, dogs, folk music, etc. with crisp art direction by richard smith (note the andy warhol like script next to the fire hydrant). the real whallop was the idea that every story would include a recording in the form of a 7" flexi record bound into the magazine - and all for a mere $1.50.

-- steve roden

4. Salvador Dali : 'Impressions sur Nougé et Goemans'
[from The Avant-garde in Belgium (1917-1978)]

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