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3 CD Box Set: L'Oeuvre Musicale The complete works of Pierre Schaeffer, re-digitised and re-issued with newly discovered tracks.
Book and 3 x CDs: Solfege de l'Objet Sonore This book, accompanied by 285 tracks on 3 CDs of examples is a unique and indispensable resource work for all those interested in electroacoustic music. Examples by Parmegiani, Henry, Bayle, Xenakis, Luc Ferrari etc. illustrate Pierre Schaeffer's text.
Book: Audible Design by Trevor Wishart
5 CD Box Set: GRM Archive 5 CD Boxed Set containing music spanning half a century of GRM inspired compositions
12 CD Box Set: Parmegiani: l'Oeuvre Musicale The complete works of Bernard Parmegiani on 12 CDs
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Trevor Wishart - Globalalia/Imago

Trevor wishart - Globalalia/ImagoA re-issue of Globalalia which explores human speech and the syllables common to all, and Imago, which is constructed entirely out of the sound of 2 whiskey glasses being clinked together. Classic Wishart at his best!

Wishart writes: "In Globalalia, I wanted to use human speech, but focus on what we hold in common as human beings. Although the world’s languages contain many millions of words, these are constructed from a much smaller set of sounds, the syllables. I wrote to several friends asking them to collect voices from their local radio stations, and also recorded voices from TV stations via satellite dish, assembling sounds from 134 voices in 26 different languages. I then edited these into their syllables, ending with more than 8300 sources."

Francis Dhomont - Etudes Pour Kafka

Francis Dhomont - Etudes Pour KafkaA new release from Francis Dhomont, who in the opinion of many is the greatest living composer of electroacoustic music. This CD contains 3 studies which were the seeds from which many of his other works grew. Behind major works of the scope of … mourir un peu, Sous le regard d’un soleil noir, and Forêt profonde, in these studies Dhomont experiments with the themes, tries out sound materials, and unveils glimpses of the final work. Dhomont at his best!

Denis Smalley - Sources - Scénes

Denis Smalley - Sources - ScénesrOne of our most popular titles is back in stock. Denis Smalley is one of the UK's best known composers of electroacoustic music, and this CD is a personal favourite of ours - definitely a desert island disc. The music is simply stunningly beautiful, the production and sound quality are as good as it gets. If you don't already have this CD, don't put it off any longer.
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Parmegiani: l'Oeuvre MusicaleWe are fans of Bernard Parmegiani and so we now have all of his CDs in stock, including the newly released l'Oeuvre Musicale. If you don't know his music, we recommend that you make an acqaintence with it by listening to some clips and reading the comprehensive notes which we have on the site. Click here for links to his biography and all his CDs.
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Pierre Hanry: Labyrinthe We now stock a selection of the best electroacoustic CDs from the GRM Catalog, both historic and new - Electroacoustic Classics from Pierre SchaefferPierre Henry Luc Ferrari and  Jean-Claude Risset are just some of the new offerings.

One of our most popular GRM titles is Pierre Henry's Labyrinthe - Pierre Henry says of Labyrinthe - "For the first time during my journey and ventures into the world of creation, I dreamt of a breath of fresh air deriving from the electronic realm." This CD is a real retrospective of this pioneer of electronic music.
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New from Digital Music Archives - Download a continually expanding catalogue of electroacoustic music tracks!

You can now download a selection of single tracks of music from our website. All the tracks are encoded as top quality MP3s at 320k. All you have to do is go to our tracks page, add the ones you want to your shopping cart, and you will be presented with a webpage with links to the tracks as soon as your credit card payment has been authorised. You will also be sent an email with the links and a seven day period to download the tracks.
Our UK Event Listings service is now online....

We now have a listings page for concerts, festivals, conferences and workshops of electroacoustic music in the UK. We hope it will soon be the place to check up on whats happening and where. Its already up and running - click here! to check it out.
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Looking for a course in electroacoustic composition? - Try our links page for some of the best places in the UK. You'll also find links to organisations and institutes all over the world.

Think we've missed out on something? Email us at links@digital-music-archives.com and let us know.
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Works by Bernard Parmegiani
l'oeil écoute Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: l'oeil écoute
We are great fans of Parmegiani - his music, while excellently crafted and produced, manages to take you on a musical journey that is totally involving from start to finish. If you are not familiar with his music, here's your chance!
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Duration: 51:47
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Violostries Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: Violostries
Parmegiani says of the works on the first of this double CD set: "They are from the sewing age - a period during which scissors helped us to calibrate sounds and silences" The second CD is representative of a new era where the mouse replaced the scissors.
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Duration: 62:55 - 64
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La Création du Monde Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: La Création du Monde
Parmegiani's musical description of the creation takes us from "white noises" in Black Light, through timbred and accentuated vibrated sounds in "Metamorphosis of the Void" to a more concrete and organised world in "Sign of Life". Parmegiani at his best!
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Duration: 72:58
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Sonare Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: Sonare
This CD contains one work - Sonare - a commission from CIRM in five movements. Parmegiani writes: "For each of the 5 movements, I have chosen a pseudo-instrumental or synthesis sound which I sense will allow me to bring out its very essence.
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Duration: 25:32
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De Natura Sonorum Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: De Natura Sonorum
Parmegiani writes: With De Natura Sonorum I have begun a new period. After experimenting with the relation between the sound material and the form of its development, I have become interested in the writing of sounds…
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Duration: 53:02
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La Mémoire des Sons Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: La Mémoire des Sons
3 works by Parmegiani on this CD - Capture éphémère (Fleeting Capture) (1967), Sons/jeu (Sounds/play) (1987) and La mémoire des Sons (Memory of Sounds) (2001).
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Duration: 57:50
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plain-temps Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: plain-temps
This CD contains Parmegianies latest work from 2006. Plain-Temps is a suite of 3 compositions - Le Présent Composé (2006), Entre-temps (1992) and Plain-Temps (1993) He says: "…my sounds are now linked to the times of my life - present, past and future"
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l'Oeuvre musicale Bernard Parmegiani
Bernard Parmegiani: l'Oeuvre musicale
This 12 CD contains Parmegiani's complete oeuvre of Electronic Works. Comes with 92 page booklet incl. photos and commentary
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We have been actively promoting electroacoustic music since 1997. We were one of the first websites to sell music online and are very proud of our record of helping the younger generation of composers gain exposure and recognition as well as offering a comprehensive catalogue of works from the pioneers of the genre.

Recently we have begun to offer a selection of our catalogue as downloadable tracks in the hope that for a very small amount of money, you will be willing to take the plunge and sample the music of some of the less well known names on our website. These composers are the future of electroacoustic music and by supporting them you will be helping them to continue doing what they do best as well as giving yourself the chance to hear some really outstanding music.

All the tracks are encoded as 320k (the highest quality available) Stereo MP3s. The files are consequently quite large but won't be a problem for anyone with a broadband connection.

All you have to do is go to our tracks page, add the ones you want to try to your shopping cart, and you will be presented with a webpage with links to the tracks as soon as your credit card payment has been authorised. You will also be sent an email with the links and a seven day period to download the tracks.
Bernard Parmegiani Biog
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Born Paris 1927

Amongst the catalogue of works by Bernard Parmegiani (60 opus), some of the titles testify more particularly to his musical path: Violostries (1965), Capture éphémêre (Fleeting Capture) (1968), L’CEiI écoute (The Eye Listens) (1970), L’Enfer, d’après La Divine Comedic (Hell, after the Divine Comedy) (1972), Pour en finir avec le pouvoir d’Orphee (To be Finally Done with the Power of Orpheus) (1971-1972), De natura sonorum (1974-1975), La Création du monde (Creation of the World (1982-1984), (CD Sèmes Victoires de la musique) (Triumphs of Music) (1990), cycle Plain temps (1991-1992-1993), Sonare, (1996), La Mémoire des sons (Memory of Sounds) (2000-2001).

Excepting some rare mixed pieces, the works as a whole take the farm of music for “fixed sounds”, coming within the scope of the immense repertoire of electro-acoustic music. From his training in the art of mime and his experience as a sound engineer, Parmegiani has retained a taste for a hand-to-hand approach (sound/embodiment, as we could be tempted to say) with various sound materials which he has developed throughout markedly diverse works.

In 1959 he began by creating the music for a film by Max de Hoas: Jours de ma vie (Days of my Life) which was awarded a prize at the Festival for Short Films in Tours. This experience was to be further enhanced over some 35 years, taking into account that the music for television, radio, advertising and the stage provided the composer with the opportunity to display musical accomplishment by experimenting with new musical forms and new instrumental techniques.

In this respect, his most well-known work is undoubtedly the signature sound signal at Roissy-Charles-de Gaulle Airport. He likewise went on to work with choreographs (Michel Descombey, Vittorio Biagi at the Théâtre du Silence, Christine Bastin, amongst others who, interested in some of Parmegiani’s works, later commissioned him to compose music for ballet.

Being interested in yet other forms of musical expression, Parmegiani made a foray into the world of pop music and jazz; in the company of instrumentalists such as the saxophonist Jean-Louis Chautemps with whom he created Jazzex in 1966, an encounter which he again renewed in 1971 with Le Diable a quatre, (Devil of four for the Michel Portal jazz group, then, Et après (And after), with Michel Portal playing the large accordion.

Anxious to further his exploration of the relationships between sound and the visual image, he tried out new forms in his “actions musicales” (musical ventures) wherein his wish to consider sounds as living beings prompted him to situate them in an anthropomorphic context.

In Trio (1973), Des Mots et des sons (Words and Sounds) (1978), Mess media sans (homo parleurs) (Mess Media Sounds - Homo Talkers (1979), Demons et des mats (Demons and Wards) (1988), he has created situations where sounds in the guise of sonorous actors are confronted by a human actor in encounters which are alternately humorous and dramatic. Also having an interest in video art, as discovered in the United States in 1971, he made a video film based on the music in “L’il écoute” (The Eye Listens), featuring visual imagery processed through a synthesiser.

Two experimental works were to follow: L’Ecran transparent (The Transparent Screen) (1973) and Jeux d’artifice (Artful Games) (1978), the first work having been produced by the WDR in Cologne and the second by INA.

Notes: INA/GRM
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