Boomkat Product Review:
Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers.
Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore to the deepest degrees after joining Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de recherches musicales in 1959 for a two year masterclass. With his first works composed in 1962 and released in 1969, he essentially headed up the 2nd wave of sonic pioneers, following the foundational musique concrète of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry into a brave new world of electro-acoustic (or acousmatic) sound.
Here we find two of his seminal works, pieces of ultra-vivid, immersive, visceral and shocking sound organisation marking the generational distinctions between his tutor's creations, and those of the next generation, now ready to inform future musical explorers. We've lived with Parmegiani's incredible 'L'Œuvre Musicale' CD box set for a few years now and it has offered us something new every single time - it's a real treat to finally have some of this work on vinyl, making this one of the most crucial of all of the concréte reissues of recent years.
Required listening, to all.