Eliane Radigue (b. 1932)
Oeuvres Electroniques (1987-2006)
Tracks 1-1 and 2-1 were previously released on Chry-ptus (2007); 1-2 and 2-3 as Geelriandre - Arthesis (2003); 2-2 as Biogenesis (1996); 3-1 on Ψ 847 (2013); 4-1 to 6-1 as Adnos I-III (2002); 7-1 to 8-1 as Songs Of Milarepa (1998, with 7-1 and 7-2 originally released as Songs Of Milarepa in 1983 and 8-1 as Mila's Journey Inspired By A Dream in 1987); 9-1 and 10-1 as Jetsun Mila (1987); 11-1 to 13-1 as Trilogie De La Mort (1998, with 11-1 originally released as Kyema, Intermediate States in 1990); 14-1 as L'Île Re-Sonante (2005).
Esteemed French ambient composer Eliane Radigue is honoured with a mammoth set. Œuvres électroniques covers a good chunk of Radigue’s work in the second half of the 20th Century. Up until the year 2000 Radigue had spent thirty years exploring synthesiser composition, working largely with the ARP 2500. The pieces she made tend to shift slowly, with tones slipping slowly from aquatic gurgles to abrasive drones to eerie chords. They’re works that reward patience, and this bumper collection of her output allows the listener to get to know her work intimately.
16 hours of mind-bending pure drone incl. Chry-ptus, Ψ 847, Adnos, Les Chants de Milarepa, Jetsun Mila, Trilogie de la Mort etc.
Incredible 14xCD box set, a 16+ hour compendium of the electronic music key works from one of the most important electronic composers of the 20th century complete with a 106 page book. Born between wars, Eliane Radigue’s musical journey began in the Paris studios of musique concrète OGs Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry during the 1950s and 60s, experimenting with magnetic tapes, honing her craft in sound construction. But it wasn’t until the 1970s when Eliane moved to New York City — because as she said, “There were no synthesizers in Paris”— that many of her recorded works and beloved pieces were formulated. During this period, Eliane adopted the ARP 2500 modular synthesizer, a system that endured in her compositions through the 1990s despite radical technological improvements in electronic music. With this equipment, Radigue developed an unfolding of sound into a stasis that resembles the minimalists of her era but was nonetheless complex in its timbrel dynamics.
Radigue's music doesn't just have depth, it has narrative: it rises and falls; it dilates and contracts, utilizing pure sound rather than harmony for its development. Speaking of her music in general, Radigue said, “I am working with the perception of time.” This effect is displayed prominently in these works , whose extreme duration coupled with its tepid continuity slow time into molasses and reorients temporal reality
Geelriandre and Arthesis (1972)
Piano - Gérard Fremy
Geelriandre realized on the ARP Synthesizer in 1972; this version was recorded at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1979. Arthesis realized on the Moog Synthesizer at the University of Iowa in 1973.
1. Adnos I [71:26] (1975)
Adnos I composed 1973-74 and premiered 1974 at Festival d'automne in Paris, France.
2. Adnos II [72:44] (1981)
Adnos II completed in 1979 using the Arp synthetizer with the aid of three Revox 1/4 inch tape decks, a mixing console and an outboard third-octave filter used in synch with the filters of the Arp.
3. Adnos III [72:40] (1983)
Kyema, Intermediate States (1992)
1. Kyema, Intermediate States [61:22]
Eliane Radigue - ARP 2500
Interview with Eliane Radigue (December 11, 1980)
This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris. Radigue performs two pieces live in the studio: Chry-ptus and Triptych. This radio performance constitutes the world premiere of the first and third movements of Triptych.
Radigue's long-term study of Buddhism is reflected in this meditative work - Kyema is exemplary of the composor's interest in synthesized drones. This work is the first piece in the Trilogie de La Mort,a three-part series based on the Bardol-Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead. "Kyema" is a tibeten word referring to the state of surprise mixed with sorrow.
Eliane Radigue was born in Paris. She studied electroacoustic music techniques at RTF under Pierre Shaeffer and Pierre Henry, later becoming Henry's assistant at the Studio Apsome. She has had residendes at the New York University School of the Arts, at the University of Iowa, and at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1975, Radigue became a disciple of Tibetan Buddhism. After four years of study, she began a large-scale cycle of works based on the life of the 11th century Tibetan master Milarepa. Three recordings of this work, "Songs of Milarepa," "Jetsun Mila," and "Mila's Joumey Inspired By A Dream," have been released by Lovely Music. Radigue's music has been performed throughout Europe and the United States. She currently lives in France, where she continues to compose electronic music and to study the teachings of the Tibetan lamas.
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