Boomkat Product Review:
Editions Mego inaugurate their hugely exciting Recollection GRM series with a radical piece by the inventor of musique concrete and Groupe de Recherches Musicales founder. Created in 1975-76, with electronic sounds prepared by Bernard Dürr, 'Le Trièdre fertile' is important not only as Pierre Schaeffer's only purely electronic music piece - his work up until this point dealt with "acousmatic" or "sound that one hears without seeing the causes behind it" - but also as the point where he confessed "of a late repentance" to the fertility of the three fundamental measurements of sound: frequency, duration and intensity (pitch, rhythm, duration) - precisely those factors which his work had eschewed until this piece. Now, there's no shortage of early electronics recordings currently in circulation, but this record simply blows so much of the rest out of the water. It sounds incredibly alive, visceral and alien. Schaeffer conducts his sounds as though they're malleable forms in a vast, non-linear space; they attack from all angles with a vivid, visual quality, occupying and utilising the full frequency spectrum afforded to him. It shouldn't really need to be said, but for clarity's sake: this is an absolute essential for fans of pure electronic music. Certainly one of this year's finest.