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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.
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12 CD Box Set: Parmegiani: l'Oeuvre Musicale The complete works of Bernard Parmegiani on 12 CDs

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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.
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CD Details for Bernard Parmegiani: La Création du Monde

La Création du Monde Bernard Parmegiani
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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Moins l'infini
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Instant 0
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Premiéres forces - Premiéres formes
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Jeux de Configurations
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Expression 1
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About the Artist


Among the catalogue of works by Bernard Parmegiani (60 opus) some of the titles testify more particularly to his musical path: Violostries (1965) Capture éphemére (1968), l’Enfer, after The Divine Comedy from Dante (1972), Pour en finir avec le pouvoir d’Orphée (1971-1972) De natura sonorum (1974-1975) La creation du monde (1982-1984) cycle Plain temps ( 1991-1993), Sonare (1996) La Memoire des sons (2000 2001).
Except for some mixed pieces, his work as a whole takes the form of music for ‘fixed sound’, coming within the scope of the immense repertoire of electro-acoustic music. 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.
In 1971 be mode a video film based on the music in L’oeil écoute featuring visual imagery processed through a synthesiser.

About the Music

No one is ever truly seen the world who hat not dreamed what he saw.
In a solitary moment’s reverie that increases the dreamer’s solitude
two states of deepness come together and echo against each other.
Their reverberations travel back and ,forth between the deepness of the worlds existence and the dreamers own profound existence,,
The World is so majestic that nothing further takes place in it.
The World rests in its own tranquility.

G. BACHELARD, Rêveries et Cosmos.
The Creation 1982 - 1984

1 — Black Light 17’36”

The dreamer of the world plunges down unendingly into his own depths as he strives towards the point from which he originates.
Black light.., a fermentation of latent, incommensurable energies, with no conscious strategy. Unresolved chemistry. Liquid sheets traversed by the most essential of elements. The echo within the echo increases space exponentially. Everything is set to begin”...
The beginning of the movement represents the most obscure phase of cosmic evolution. The musical reverie is inspired by what precedes the astro-physician’ “big bang”.
The absence of tonality that characterizes a good deal of the sound material in Black Light is due to the use of “white” noises, that is to say sounds whose mass theoretically contains all the frequencies that can be accumulated statistically. The deliberate choice of these unprocessed sounds which are given a profile, broken up, treated as sudden gushings and glidings or repeated with increased strengths corresponds within my private system of images to the more suggestive physically indescribable phenomena.
In the next stage, the merest suggestion of organisation gives rise to diverging and converging forces, to a dynamics of matter emerging and then evolving toward as yet fragile and constantly abortive forms.
Finally, sounds ranging between medium and high pitches intimate the first glimmerings of light.

2 — Metamorphosis of the Void 23'11"

Something changes into form, heat, light, movement, anarchic corpuscular vibrations. Everything becomes the “energy of existence”,
In contrast to Black Light this movement uses timbred sounds to suggest states of coloration which are superposed or strung out sequentially. The internal dynamics of these states or “layers”, which vary between zones of extremely low and extremely high pitch, is veiled by the presence of more or less strongly accentuated vibrated sounds moving at variable speeds. Light makes its presence felt in a long continuum of increasingly compact vibrations which change into harmonic accumulations. These accumulations, which are in turn dilated or contracted, generate very brief color effects, slidings of sound masses of variable complexity, repetitions of periodic events succeeding one another at various tempi (accelerando-slow-medium). Following this gradual, continual filling of the void, the end of the movement heralds, in a quasi-melodic melopoeia, the signs of light that are the culmination of all these slow, drawn-out transformations.

3—Sign of Life 32’

A planet — our planet — emerges and a “life logic” organize itself around
it. From amoeba to (newborn) man everything is obviously a sign of life, the interaction of all the elements of transformation.
This final “moment” of Creation is paradoxically the longest (compared to the two previous movements). It discloses a greater number of intermediate stages. The sound material becomes more concrete, in other words it begins to approach what we are able to grasp through auditory recognition. Made musical, these sounds unfold relative to one another through rhythmic forms and through the treatment of their timbres.
Initially uncertain and fragile, they elude all attempts to give them individual shapes.
Breath (in all his aspects) repeats its primal thrust, then settles into a mode of existence based on mutual exchange with its environment, Water (in its most concentrated aspect) generates micro-melodies using repetitive forms. The same process applies to the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Proliferating divisions create further divisions until at last our own reality can be deduced from the musical and sound reality of this “creation”.
The process mapped out here is therefore not the one described in the Book of Genesis. Scientific and parascientific works (H. Reeves, C. Sagan, R. Clarke, S. Weinberg) suggested the main stages to me. The words that describe the phenomena of astrophysics are sufficiently suggestive to stir the musical imagination and to sustain a cosmogenic reverie like this. Nothing is more conducive to such a reverie than an acousmatic* view (to state things somewhat paradoxically) of the Creation.
* acousmatic: adj., said of a sound heard without seeing what causes it.

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