Monday, April 16, 2007

Bernard Parmegiani -Chronos(LP,1971)+La Création Du Monde(CD,1996),France


Bernard Parmegiani (Paris, France, 1927) started off as a sound engineer for French television (ORTF later known as RTF). Originally a mime during the four years studies at Lecoq & Decroux school, he joined the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in 1959 for a two years master class. His first major work (Violostries) is composed in 1962 for a choregraphy performed for Théâtre Contemporain d’Amiens directed by Jacques-Albert Cartier.
Pierre Schaeffer gave him the direction the Musique-Image departement at ORTF. He composed during that period for numerous film directors, such as R. Lapoujade, P. Foldès, P. Kamler, V. Borowczyck, P. Kast, J. Baratier or P. Kassovitz. He furthermore extended his musical researches in the field of video-art after a journey through the US. He directed three musical videos when he returned: L’Œil écoute (1973), Jeux d’artifices (1979) for the research departement of ORTF, plus L’Écran transparent (1973) in Köln (Germany) at West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR) during his residency.
His interests goes also live: he interacted during the seventies with jazz practitioners for improv sessions with french jazz fellows J.-L. Chautemps, B. Vitet or M. Portal. He went in London to perform live with The Third Ear Band.
He realized numerous jingles & soundbites for public radio stations (France-Culture or France-Musique), public television service (Antenne 2) or airport (Aéroport de Roissy).
During his entire career, he finally realized music for stage (dance & theater), screen or media (radio & television alike). But he remains focused on electroacoustic music (or acousmatic music as defined by GRM long-time director François Bayle) conceived to be played back for the best rendition on the acousmonium broadcasting system developped by Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM).
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4 comments:

Over the Moon said...

Jim,

Very good post to start off the day!

Lots of Parmegiani fans here, I'd imagine.

Plus, the "Chronos" LP is really, REALLY hard to find now, if I remember correctly.

Thank you very much!

- OTM

John P said...

Chronos is impossible to find. Thanks!

Speaking of Kronos, do you have Kronos Krystal (sp?) by La Monte Young? I have a CD-r of it, but it was burned poorly.

Over the Moon said...

Parmegiani's "Chronos" is EXCELLENT!!!! Everyone should try it out.

Thanks again!

-OTM

Anonymous said...

whilst I was returning from Peter Christopherson's (Coil) latest project The Threshold Houseboys Choir I gave my friend William and his buddy Hugo a lift home. Hugo put his prinstine Philips Prospective copy of Chronos on the turntable and what i haerd was pure magic. Thanks fdor posting, I asked if he wanted to sell but it was not for sale. He advised me to check ebay or Musicstack but i may cost over 300 euros

Thanks for posting,
Thierry from Brussels