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*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* **Super-heavyweight 10 x LP edition containing almost 10 hours of music sharing Pierre Henry’s personal listening organised by progressing themes and by technological progress covering his output between 1950 and 1985, the ultimate anthology covering the first 35 years of his work - housed in silver-debossed holder with 4-panel booklet of liner notes. Individually numbered edition of 400 copies only** Vinyl on Demand land a jaw-breaking and invaluable 10LP anthology spanning half a lifetime of Pierre Henry's pioneering electro-acoustic composition. Henry is undoubtedly one of the 20th century's most important sonic thinkers. Following studies with Olivier Messiaen (harmony) and Nadia Boulanger (composition), he formed the pivotal GRM (Musical Research Group) with Pierre Schaeffer around 1950 in order to fully explore their shared notion of a concrète, electro-acoustic music, creating a facility where sounds could be uprooted, processed and transformed as far as their imagination and technology could take them. Henry's work during the period covered in this boxset more or less set a precedent for electronic music: he would be among the first to explore myriad techniques for processing sound, advancing a sonic spirit which would deeply feed forward and irrevocably open the dimensions of contemporary music ever since, from AFX's mechanised instruments to the filigree dynamics of Arca and so, so much between. Henry's oeuvre deals with sound at elemental levels, effecting painstakingly-edited fragments of tape recordings thru a matrix of self-built modules in order to render and focus upon their resonant qualities and spatial values and their place "in-the-mix". Bearing that in mind, the music in this boxset has been restored and mastered by Jos Smolders of Earlabs according to the artist's intention and approach, yielding near enough 10 hours of seminal composition in uncanny clarity. From earliest endeavours such as the haunting 'Symphonie pour un homme seul' 1950, to the prototypical studies of 'Spatiodynamisme' (1952), thru the Greek epic-inspired 'Voile d'Orphée' and later cut-ups of 'La Xème symphonie de Beethoven' (1979), he consistently pushes the doors of perception wide open to reveal new dimensions of sound and audition.