MAGNE, MICHEL - Musique Tachiste

2018 repress, 2013 release. "Cacophonic presents a reissue of Michel Magne's Musique Tachiste, originally released in 1959. As the debut release on Finders Keepers' experimental/jazz/avant-garde imprint, Cacophonic releases Musique Tachiste, the first in a series of rare records by French experimentalist Magne. Musique Tachiste is one of the very earliest full-length French concept albums: part radical manifesto, part pantomime. This anti-intellectual "physical" reaction to the burgeoning Musique Concrete movement combines found sounds and industrial noise with piano jazz alongside imposing avant-garde orchestral elements and Magne's own hammered cimbalom flourishes. This unique debut LP also provides an early insight into a fruitful soundtrack/conceptual jazz career collaborating with Jean-Claude Vannier, Martial Solal, and Artie Kaplan, as well as founding the French Strawberry Studio at Château d' Hérouville where French groups like Magma, Catherine Ribeiro, Brigitte Fontaine, and Ange shared a diary with Terry Riley and Pink Floyd. As a dedicated producer of thematic composition, anti-intellectual experimental performance and modern jazz, Magne was also a well-respected pioneer of France's signature film score sound of the late '60s. Musique Tachiste marks a stylistic cross roads where the likes of Egisto Macchi, Harry Partch, Rolf Liebermann, and Igor Wakhevitch meet; this LP is an essential forefather of European conceptual pop made at the start of a career that begat a discography of challenging albums before his untimely suicide in the early 1980s. Presented here for the first time since its initial humble pressing in its unabridged entirety complete with its collectible illustrated sleeve art, this LP stands as the perfect debut release and musical modus operandi for this new archival imprint." - Cacophonic.
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