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V.A. (VARIOUS ARTISTS) - Adventures in Sound

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: EL / Cherry Red Rec. ACMEM159CD
Release Year: 2009
Note: the ideal introduction to some of the main pieces of early electronic music & musique concrete, like "Gesang der Jnglinge", "Poeme Electronique", or "Diamorphoses", by KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN - PIERRE SCHAEFFER - IANNIS XENAKIS - EDGAR VARESE - PIERRE HENRY - great collection with some hard to find historic pieces
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"Across Post-War Europe composers like the young German, Karlheinz Stockhausen, the Romanian-born architect, Iannis Xenakis and the Frenchmen, Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry began to seek out new ways of organising sound and looked to science for inspiration. Science and logic, after all, held out the promise of a new civilisation unsullied by irrational forces like nationalism; might it not do the same for the arts? These composers constructed their music according to widely differing philosophies, systems, formulae and beliefs. What drove them on was a hunger for new sounds and new soundscapes that pointed the way to-wards a world in which there was simply no place for the horrors of war. And there can be no doubt that their pioneering work proved an inspiration for future generations of musicians. They too were looking to free themselves from the dead weight of convention, and when in 1967 Paul McCartney discovered how much further Stockhausen had already gone with Gesang der J, he encouraged the Beatles to experiment with techniques ranging from the use of reversed tapes to the total abandonment of metre and melody - most notably on Revolution 9 and the (to date) unreleased 14-minute free-for-all Carnival of Light. All of the recordings in this set are beyond groundbreaking and historic. Everything is out of print or impossible to find and as an overview of the development of electronic and electro-acoustic music in the post-war years our edition is an invaluable document." [label info]