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Onetime GRM research director and electro-acoustic composer Daniel Teruggi takes a maiden bow on Recollection GRM with the first vinyl edition of his elementally-focussed 1983-89 works, as issued on CD in 1993 and now pressed on vinyl for the first time, newly mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Daniel Teruggi hails from Argentina, where he worked as a physicist, before studying electro-acoustic music in France from 1977, joining the GRM as a specialist in computer music - particularly the SYTER (système en temps réel) audionumeric system - from 1983. He became its artistic director in 1997, while continuing a parallel career teaching at the Sorbonne since 1986. Teruggi’s first published work ‘Sphæra’ represents his thoughts on the materiality of sound as influenced by Greek philosophy and modelled in acousmatic parameters. The four works here crystallise his subjective perceptions of sound’s physical and noumenal substance via the metaphysical frameworks of his imagination enabled and unleashed by computer music paradigms.
‘Sphæra’ speaks vividly to fascinations with the idea of proprioception - sensing one’s relative place in time and space - that has eternally fascinated human thought for as long as anyone can remember, manifest across the ages from Socrates to the unfathomable scope of music by Roland Kayn and Xenakis, for example. The four works of ‘Sphæra’ are Teruggi’s attempt to project and codify these obsessions with world-building imagination and objectivity. They range from explorations of air’s ethereality in the vast spatialisation of ‘Eterea’ to an icy evocation of water’s paradoxical scales and primordial nature in the sensual synthesis of ‘Aquatica’, with a poetic articulation of fire’s unsteady ephemerality in ‘Focolaria’, and the very formation of land at its crudest, proto, in the crunching and buzzing tectonic forces of ‘Terra’, which recalls the rawly atavistic might of Gottfried Michael Koenig’s earliest work with computers.