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Wow this is a stunner. Else Marie Pade's 'Electronic Works 1958-1995' is a truly precious survey of a lone, pioneering voice in electronic music.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1924, Else created the first piece of electronic music played on Danish radio, 'Syv Cirkler (Seven Circles)', marking the early development of an (up until now) largely hidden body of work inspired by her experiences while interred at a Nazi prison camp as a teenager, and subsequent studies with Pierre Schaffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen in the following years.
To date she's mostly remained an outpost unto herself, save for Dacapo Records efforts in the '00s with the 'Et Glasperlespil' CD - and some remixed arrangements in 'Face It', plus a handful of compilation appearances, before Jakob Kirkegaard stepped up to work with her on the collaborative 'Svævninger' album and curate 'Electronic Works 1958-1995'. These are her most important works; a microcosmos of plangent bleeps and spectral tones illuminated by her inner moonlight.
The most obvious comparison is with Daphne Oram, who, at the same time was conjuring her very own electronic worlds from imagination and engineering, and also manifesting a sense of quiet wonder and trepidation towards the world in her compositions. As she explains: "The sounds outside became concrète music, and in the evening I could imagine that the stars and the moon and the sky uttered sounds and those turned into electronic music.”
This set is arguably one of the most evocative, enchanted examples of early electronic music we’ve encountered yet - another totally immersive find from Important Records