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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: Chants Magnétiques
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $20.00
"Here is a masterpiece of electronic music! French musician Bernard Parmegiani has composed Chants Magnetiques in 1974, one of the most sought-after Parmegiani albums - a monster rarity which is almost impossible to find. This obscure album was composed around the same time as De Natura Sonorum during the mid-70s, a particularly important and effervescent era for Bernard Parmegiani. Indeed, as if one can say that De Natura Sonorum is one of the best of Parmegianis serious works in terms of technics-sound-harmonic-tone, then there is no doubt that Chants Magnétiques is his chef-doeuvre on his dark side, the Parmegianis hidden face that few people know nowadays. A collection of 10 united tracks under the title album name Chants Magnétiques/Magnetic Fields - titled before Jean Michel Jarres album - and musically, in summary, more experimental, more organic, more spacey album in comparison to his famous INA-GRM works. This reissue on CD for the first time will rejoice all music lovers from Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tod Dockstader to Musica Elettronica Viva, Nurse With Wound, Organum, Conrad Schnitzler. Official remastered edition from the original master tapes with the original cover sleeve." - Fractal.
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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: Jazzex
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $19.00
"This album is a collection of early works from the late 60s by the French electro-acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani. Born in Paris (1927) and rich of a catalogue des oeuvres of more than 60 pieces, including classics such as Violistries 1965, La Roue Ferris 1971, Pour en finir avec le pouvoir dOrphée 1971/72, De Natura Sonorum 1974/75, the 4 pieces presented in this edition is a perfect exemple for discovering the unusual territories and the eclectism language of the composer : JazzEx for electronic tape and Jazz Quartet (Jean-Louis Chautemps : saxophone, Bernard Vitet : trompet, Charles Saudrais : drums, Gilbert Rovère : bass) create at the Festival de Royan in 1966. Pop Eclectic 1969, is an electro-acoustic divertimento composed for the Peter Foldés movie. Du pop à lâne 1969, is a collage plunderphonics work. And Et après 1973, is an electronic tango featuring Michel Portal on bandoneon. The present version is unreleased and was recorded live at the Festival Manca in 1996. Liner notes by Jean-Louis Chautemps." - Fractal.
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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: De Natura Sonorum
Format: Double LP
Label: Recollection GRM
Country: Austria
Price: $31.00
"De Natura Sonorum (1975): Premiered at the Salle Wagram in Paris on June 3rd 1975. A suite of 12 movements, divided into two series of six. The first series comprises six related movements, usually organized in pairs, electronic sounds with instrumental and more rarely, concrete sounds: Incidences/resonances bring into play controlled resonances akin to sounds of concrete origin in a process that helps to expand the variable electronic sound sources. Here, incidents are opposed to one-off accidents in the second movement: Accidents/Harmoniques (Accidents/Harmonics). In the second movement, very short events of instrumental origin change the harmonic tone of the continuum they interrupt or overlap. Moreover, the high notes are underplayed, which stimulates the attention given to other phenomena generally hidden by the melodic form applied to the instrumental play. Géologie sonore (Sound Geology) is similar to a flight over an area where different sound layers come to the surface one after the other. When seen from high above, instrumental and electronic sounds seem to fuse. Dynamique de la resonance (Dynamics of Resonance) is a microphonic exploration of a single sound resonating through different forms of percussion. LEtude élastique (Elastic Study) places together various sounds produced by touching elastic or instrumental skins (balloons, doumbeks) or vibrating strings and a number of instrumental gestures close to this touch, using electronic processes to generate white noise. Conjugaison du timbre (Conjugated Tone), the last movement in the series, uses the same substance to apply rhythmic forms onto a perpetually varying tone continuum. The second series of movements draws its inspiration from concrete and electronic sources rather than instrumental ones. Incidences/battements (Incidences/ Beatings) is a reminder of the first movement in the first series, which then quickly moves into Natures éphémères (Ephemeral Natures): an ephemeral play on instrumental and electronic sounds, singled out by their internal trajectory rather than by the material itself. Matières induites (Induced Matters): just as molecular effervescence triggers changes of state, it seems that the different states of these sound materials can be generated by each other or through induction processes. In Ondes croisées (Crossed Waves), the pizz vibrations interfere with somehow visible water drops on the surface of a similar material. Pleins et déliés (Downstrokes and Upstrokes) can be listened to as the energies absorbed in the motion of bouncing bodies, while hollow bubbles and points bring together some peoples gravity and others downwards movements. The work finishes with Points contre champs (Reverse Angle Points). Here, the notion of perspective of the different sound threads weaving a kind of network, or field, traps the occasional iterative elements in the foreground and progressively absorbs them, giving more space for the angle -- and the chanted sound -- to grow. --Bernard Parmigiani; De Natura Sonorum whose title echoes Lucretius De rerum natura, similarly explores the multiplicity of sound possibilities. This profuse work, with countless discoveries and dazzling intuitions, has influenced several generations of composers and remains a truly seminal piece in the experimental music soundscape. De Natura Sonorum, one of Parmegianis masterpieces, has left an indelible mark on the classical period of electroacoustic music. At last, it is being reissued on vinyl and for the first time this includes the whole of its 12 movements." - Christian Zanési & François Bonnet. Housed in a gatefold sleeve.
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Artist: PARMEGIANI, BERNARD
Title: LOeil ecoute/Dedans-Dehors
Format: LP
Label: Recollection GRM
Country: Austria
Price: $23.00
"From the very first moment, caught by the musical tone heard from inside a train, the trip offered by this piece, woven with different materials, triggers in us various climates able to give our imagination power over sounds: the power to guide them through our secret mazes rather than to blindly follow them like Panurge. This form of (auditory) contemplation thus attempts to enable us to lose ourselves outside our far too familiar and usual territories. Perhaps, in looking too hard, man eventually stops listening. And, as I said when creating the piece in 1970, the eye, now a solitary wanderer only has ears for what assaults it." Dedans-Dehors (1977): "When listening to the sound material, we metamorphose the inside into an outside. This notion of metamorphosis is one of the principles that leads the course of the musical suite, reflecting changes (fluidsolid passages: water/ice/fire) or movements (ebb/flow/wave, inspiration/expiration) or inside-outside passages (door/individual/crowd). Thus, the perceived object is not entirely what we would have liked it to be. Our music brings us closer to some while it takes us away from others: each with their own inside." --Bernard Parmegiani; Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, June 2012.

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