musique concrete in INA/GRM
- I've been really impressed with this re-issue series. I'm afraid a lot
of them have simply sold out at FE (though I just got an e-mail of new
releases and it had re-stocks of several items).
The Bayle stuff works on a big scale -- they're up to the tenth CD of
his material -- some of them I like more than others; Bayle went through
several phases during his long time as director of GRM. The Bayle works
generally provide a nice environment usually based on permutations of a
set of sometimes recognizable, sometimes heavily processed noises. Bayle
calls them "sound utopias" and as such, I find them nice to sink into
and not boring.
I was really impressed by double CDs of Parmegiani and Malec -- both of
these are such good career-spanning collections that there are multiple
entry points to the works. Other discs from Parmegiani are singular
larger pieces also worthy of investigation.
Ferrari, Reibel, Zanesi, Redolfi, Schwartz, Risset; all their discs have
been rewarding, and all in ways particular to the composer. This
re-issue program is serious if not comprehensive, providing good
viewpoints into the important concerns of a number of composers who've
passed through the GRM.
Compare this current state of affairs to the output of IRCAM and one
gets the feeling of an open-minded, even breezy collective approach to
making GRM work. That electro-acoustic works have been presented in
editions dedicated to a composer shows recognition of these various
distinct personalities as deserving of CD rack space dedicated to them,
something rare for many electro-acoustic composers. Frankly I get fed up
piecing together the lifes' works of composers from compilations --
often the inclusion of an electro-acoustic work on an otherwise
orchestral program has seemed like lip service to me, but then I guess
integration of electro-acoustic music within the general body of 20th
Century works is a good idea too. For instance, I think I own half of
Davidovsky's 'Synchronism's spread over as many LPs over CDs.
A little bit of detective work is all that's needed to track down
apparently sold out items like the Schaeffer box -- though the chase is
really only the beginning of the delights when it comes to that item.
Hopefully all enjoy their explorations