Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most important musique concrète recordings of the 20th century - nah scratch that - one of the most important works of art of all time - Bernard Parmegiani's 'De Natura Sonorum' is now finally reissued in its entirety.
It's a mind bending feat of spatially diffused dynamics and precise electronic processing providing entry to an extraordinarily vivid and otherworldly soundsphere perfused with sheer, isolated tones, acousmatic alien scree and sudden percussion organised with an abstract yet palpable sense of dramatic narration and timing.
These are rare and incredible sounds, plucked from nature and reformed in a hyperreal ecology with its own measurements of gravity and energy informing their momentum and trajectory within fractured dimensions. Whilst ostensibly as far from pop and dance music as you'd think, the sparse and deliberate coordinates of these musical schematics or sound designs in fact feed forward into much contemporary music when considered in relation to the sampler-chopped and flung dynamics of say, '90s hardcore and jungle, thru to the simulated hyperspace of Monolake and the aerodynamic geometries of Total Freedom's Ableton sculptures.
Ultimately, it's an indispensible entry point for anyone intrigued by the crenellated climes of institutional electro-acoustic music, and on a much broader level, a jaw-dropping listen for anyone into the further reaches of electronic and experimental composition.