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    Bernard Parmegiani – Violostries, Pour un Finir Avec le Pouvoir d’Orphee, Dedans-Dehors, Rouge-Mort: Thanatos, Exercisme 3, Le Present Compose

    July 28th, 2008

    Bernard Parmegiani - Violostries

    Along with the François Bayle and Ivo Malec 2-CD sets, The Violostries… 2-CD is one of the major continents on the INA-GRM planet and is a required layover for any wayward electro-acoustic music fan. These two discs divide his career into two eras: tape splicing and mouse clicking. “Violostries” (1963) is comprised of a sustained, ominous atmosphere punctuated with violent electro bursts and spooky, tweedling violin. “Pour en Finir Avec le Pouvoir d’Orphée” (1971) is a very mesmerizing pleasure fun center full of glimmering electronics building in intensity—only to give way to downwardly circling whip-cuts, metallic crashes and echoes of the deepest kind. A very empty area of low pulsations with high-pitched tinklings again amplifies and builds in intensity—eventually turning into a swirling mass of rare beauty that abruptly comes to a sudden, beeping stop. Following that is a rather “happy” section of boinging electronic “springs” and whistles that slowly coalesce with a low-pitched drone into a hectic area of stuttered percussive sounds.

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    Bernard Parmegiani – La Creation du Monde

    July 28th, 2008

    Bernard Parmegiani - La Creation du Monde

    Bernard Parmegiani has been making stunning electro-acoustic music since 1959. Have you? La Création du Monde (1982-84) is basically the big bang theory of universal origin rendered in sound, divided into three sections. “Black Light” is an atonal, white-noise journey—pre-explosion—as “the dreamer of the world plunges down unendingly into his own depths as he strives toward the point from which he originates. Black light…a fermentation of latent, incommensurable energies with no conscious strategy. The echo within the echo increases space exponentially. Everything is set to begin.”

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    Francois Bayle + Bernard Parmegiani – Divine Comedie

    July 12th, 2008

    Francois Bayle + Bernard Parmegiani - Divine Comedie

    This is a collaborative 2-CD set with Bernard Parmegiani on one disc and François Bayle on the other. The effort here is to shove Dante’s work into your noggin via electro-acoustic means. Parm’s side is heavily laden with spoken French text (which tends to kind of bum out my day) while Bayle’s is less so. This is the only François Bayle CD I haven’t shelled out for yet, but maybe soon. (Translation: Probably never, as it’s been out of print for many years.)

    Label: Magison Cycle Bayle Volume 7 Catalog Number: MG CB 0795 Format: 2-CD Packaging: Double jewel case Tracks: CD 1: 9, CD 2: 11 Total Time: CD 1: 61:20, CD 2: 71:28 Country: France Released: 1995 Related Artists: Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Schaeffer More: Electro CD, Forced Exposure, Official, Wikipedia