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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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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The Door Study Stelios Giannoulakis
Made from a sample of the gent’s toilets doors at the Berliner Kulturcentrum, recorded during icmc2000 for The Door Project, conceived by John Ffitch for icmc2001.
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About the Artists

Stelios Giannoulakis (b. 1971 Athens, Greece) completed a degree in Electronic and Biomedical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and an MA in Digital Music Technology at Keele University. He is currently working towards a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Wales Bangor. He has been composing, recording and performing independently or as member of music/theatrical groups since 1990 in Greece and the U.K. His electroacoustic music sets on a personal exploration of different compositional and aesthetic directions integrating diverse sonic materials into active sonic landscapes or restless sonic sculptures. Fast and complex, it draws from the intense rhythms of urban life and plays with everyday symbols and anxieties filtered through a strange sense of humour. His compositions are being regularly programmed in concerts around the world. Zrrraam! received a mention at the 26th International Electroacoustic Competition, Bourges 1999.

About the Music

Zrrraam! (5:00)

The piece integrates various types of material into a stream of interrelated short scenes. Transformed environmental sounds and speech shape a dynamic collage of personal memories, with the mutated sound of a door separating different places of action. Instrumental phrases mediate these shifts by becoming part of the frantic activity, until they are left free to unfold towards the end of the piece. Realized with CDP and The Soundscape hard disk recorder-editor at Keele University between November 1998 and January 1999

The Way In (14:12)

Bad dreams, a small room, loneliness, eating disorders and a routine of self abusive behaviour are continuously re-absorbed like some sort of superdrug (eaten, inhaled or otherwise). Condensed in an act of personal magic, they finally provide a way out of our hero's deadlock. Everything blurs into a strange discomforting melody leading to a birth. The beginning and the end are one. Basic concepts in the piece recur over and over, like the melody of a musical box, forcing the participant to transcend through the sonic symbols to an abstract level. Through this orifices transmute your body...The way OUT is the way IN. (W. S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch 229). Composed at Keele University between March and August 1999.

Love Raga (5:33)

Contrasting sonic images and references to musical styles are brought closely together to create high tension. The piece is articulated in convulsions and outbursts of an unstable nature trying to communicate laughter, crying and craving for affection. The behaviour of the interleaved sound streams unfolding out of the raga changes from soothing to raging to tender and nostalgic again, finding no release except for few moments of rest before a bigger outburst. The piece is also a study on the electric guitar, as most of the material was generated on a Fender Stratocaster played in any imaginable way. The resulting array of sounds and phrases was enriched by careful implementation of spectral transformations such as time stretching and transposition. Composed at Keele University and Bangor University between April and October 1999 on the Soundscape and Protools systems. Guitar: Stelios Giannoulakis, Voice: Vangelis Psareas.

The Maze (12:06)

....cold wind. ...I opened a door with echoing noise. It was leading out of a strange room with very high ceiling. I had no idea how I'd got there. My brain was flooded with memories which were not my own and behind the walls were all these noises... All I can say is that nothing I felt at that moment could compare to what I experienced wandering through the building. Was I trying to get out? I wasn't sure. I sensed that the corridors I was walking down and the stairs I was climbing existed just for me, because of me! There for me to wander around in amazement and disbelief. The MazStudio 1, Main Arts Building, University of Wales Bangor 2000.

Jam Trace 2:06

Long improvisation on a prepared Yamaha Disklavier, a late 19th century Broadwood piano, a cheap trumpet and a collection of makeshift percussion instruments (tables, chairs, music stands and various other objects) was edited with no transformation into a series of short movements. This one is a lament looking at the unbearable feeling of helplessness caused by the premature death of a very close person.

Performed by Tassos Stavroulopoulos, Vangelis Psareas and Stelios Giannoulakis in Tim Suster Studio at Keele. Edited at IEMA in Athens Greece and in Bangor during summer 1999.
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