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Title: Choeurs Imaginaires
Format: CD
Label: Ina Grm
Country: France
Price: $16.00
"CD issue compiling three of Reibels voice-themed works over the years: On eût dit des coups dailes (an homage to Pierre Schaeffer from 1996 incorporating digital processing into a post-Penderecki/Ligeti landscape), Suite pour Edgar Poe (a super-bleepy setting of three poems from the Beaudelaire translations of Poe (Nouvelles Histoires Extraordinaires) to concrete sound from 1973), and a section of Langages imaginaires (also a grouping of poetry, in this case Rimbaud and Butor, and word-sound from 1981). Reibels up there in my book with Parmegiani and Bayle as one of the chief architects of the digital-age INA sound and this serves as a fine introduction to his monde de bruit. For those who dont mind a little human breath in their computer world." -Hrvatski.

Title: Douze Inventions en Six Modes de Jeu
Format: LP
Label: Karlrecords
Country: Germany
Price: $21.00
“Karlrecords kicks off its Perihel series with previously unreleased material by GRM member Guy Reibel, one of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th centurys electronic avant-garde. 180-gram LP including download code and insert with liner notes byReinhold Friedl (zeitkratzer). Limited edition of 500 copies. Guy Reibel (born 1936) started out with a double qualification; he first became an engineer and then studied composition in Paris with Olivier Messiaen, teacher of Karlheinz Stockhausen,Iannis Xenakis, François Bayle, to name just a few. Pierre Schaeffer, the director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), soon offered him a chance to edit and work out the famous 1967 Solfège de LObjet Sonore three-LP box (the practical part of his theoretical manifest Traité des objets musicaux), and to codirect the class for electroacoustic music at the National Music Conservatory. During that period Reibel worked intensively in the studios of the GRM. Not only did he compose some milestones of electronic music, he also developed a very music-based theory of electronic music, implementing ideas of musical gesture and game theory -- in the 60s, long before anyone else discussed those issues. Conflicts with other members of the GRM led to Reibels departure from the group (though he had been considered Schaeffers successor as director), and Reibel toured the world as conductor of his newly-founded Groupe Vocale de France (who realized the first complete recording of Ligetis choir work) and took over a directors position at Radio France. Meanwhile, his electronic music almost disappeared (there were only two or three LPs available on the early GRM series, later just one CD). Douze inventions en six modes de jeu was digitized by Reibel and Friedl at the GRM studios in December 2014 as part of the archive of Reibels electronic pieces. Its a milestone in electronic music and a perfect example of Reibels musical austerity, in which defined, limited musical material results in concentrated and dense forms. The unusually vital character of the music is also due to Reibels use of hybrid sound production; he often combined amplitude envelopes of acoustic sounds and noises (especially of polysteron) with synthetic electronic sounds. A few of the pieces are even played at least partly live. This album documents how Guy Reibel succeeded at composing a music that combines the density and purity of electronic music with an unbelievably sensuous sound. A real listening experience, here released for the very first time.” - Karlrecords.

Title: Granulations-Sillages/Franges Du Signe
Format: LP
Label: Recollection GRM
Country: Austria
Price: $23.00
"Franges Du Signe, the third part of an electroacoustic triptych completed in 1973-1974, is the first major "purely acousmatic" work composed by Guy Reibel. Franges Du Signe explores the mathematical idea of the limit by translating it musically, searching for unstable states of equilibrium. Thus, several conflicting tendencies or logics act upon the sounds. They overlap and fight, each one seeking to assert its trace on the phenomenon in progress, generating de facto an ambiguity that is unique to all phenomena that obey the "logic of the living." Granulations-Sillages (1976) develops an idea glimpsed at in Franges Du Signe: the existence of extreme times at the edge of our faculties of perception, which only the electroacoustic music tools allow us to realize. Two natures of phenomena, opposed in all respects (the "Granulations-Trails" and the "Tutti"), alternate through seven movements that constitute the piece. The work is designed for six channels diffused in concert on a main stereo system facing the public and two auxiliary stereos (group of crossing speakers: front-back and left-right in the room). Featuring bi-lingual (French/English) texts, with translation by Valérie Vivancos. Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, March 2012. Layout: Stephen OMalley. Executive Production: Peter Rehberg." -Recollection GRM.


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