Bernard Parmegiani - L'Œuvre Musicale En 12 CD

>> Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Wire magazine recently described this amazing package as "A bargain price treasure chest....containing worlds of inexhaustible spaciousness and strangeness" and, indeed, listening through just some of the 12 cd's included you find yourself drawn into a multi-faceted world of strange sound sources and audio manipulations designed to play tricks on your senses to an extent that has left this reviewer almost paralysed with wonderment. Parmegiani started out working for the French equivalent of the BBC and soon found himself mentored by the founding father of Musique Concrète, Pierre Schaeffer. Making use of technological advances that gave the world magnetic tape and microphones, Schaeffer pioneered a method of taking everyday sounds and transforming them into unrecognisable, detached pieces of music with no identifiable sound source, a style that became known as Acousmatic music. Parmegiani was hugely influenced by Schaeffer's pioneering work and Groupe de Recherche Musicale (GRM), the French Radio institution that is often described as the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The work Parmegiani would go on to create would make use of these Acousmatic techniques in creating a body of work which is not only one of the most significant of the 20th century, but also hugely influential on a whole host of musical pioneers that would follow in his wake, with Christian Fennesz, Aphex Twin and Jim O'Rourke being notable disciples. These 12 cd's cover the majority of Parmegiani's musique concrète legacy and include pieces recorded between 1964 and 2007. You can barely believe the immersive and often woozy effect of these recordings, ranging from eerie cut-out tape loops through to popular music plunderphonics and proto-distilled-dub that's impossible to absorb in one sitting. Having so far only made it through half of this gargantuan collection (with the very handy aid of the 92 page book included in the package) - I can safely say that L'Œuvre Musicale is not only one of the most impressive and important collections of music I've heard this year, but also one of the most culturally significant and rewarding.


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Burek January 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

This is great! Thanks a lot for this one!

icepick method January 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

I got a FLAC rip of this a few months ago and sat around listening to it, discs 1-7 in order. By disc 7 i started zoning out though and started getting pop songs stuck in my head. Some of it's a little too ambient for my tastes.

Andrew Arnold January 2, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

i keep getting unexpected-end-of-archive errors with only five tracks showing up in winrar.

Cantankerous Records January 2, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

It worked fine for me; Andrew try joining the files first before unraring them.

Andrew Arnold January 2, 2009 at 5:39 PM  

there we go. winrar didn't work but 7-zip did the trick. forgot I had it. thanks

defacebook January 4, 2009 at 1:28 AM  

Thanks for this amazing gift but
I'm having problems unarchiving the files on a UB macbook. Neither unrarX, rarexpander or stuffit work. Any suggestions?

Fuck, The Retarded Girl January 4, 2009 at 2:36 AM  

I used hjsplit followed by winrar, not sure if these programs are available for mac but regardless you may need to try joining the .001 files before exstracting them.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

track "2-5 Musico-Picassa" is broken

Cantankerous Records January 6, 2009 at 7:20 AM  

I've played the first 11 discs now and found neither 2-5 Musico-Picassa or any other track to be broken, try re-downloading whatever part that track came from zobero

culturalsnow January 11, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

Thanks for sharing this monster!

galaxy san juan November 30, 2009 at 5:20 AM  

terminal beach - there is a program for mac called "split and concat" that can join the files together.

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