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RADIGUE, ELIANE - Feedback Works 1969-1970

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Alga Marghen plana-R alga 40
Release Year: 2012
Note: three so far unpublished tape-pieces / sound installations from 1969-1970 using processed feedback sounds, plus two new mixes of VICE VERSA done by EMMANUEL HOLTERBACH on the second record; pure transcension-vibes & strange microsounds, minimal & contemplative... lim. 400 gatefold cover & 16 p. 12"x 12" booklet
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"Edition limited to 400 copies. alga marghen very proudly presents the complete documentation of Eliane Radigue sound installations from 1969-1970. These previously unpublished recordings include the broad tectonic vibrations of 'Omnht', the celestial voices of 'Usral', 'Stress Osaka' massive chant, the moving horizon in 'Vice-Versa, Etc...', or the works of the feedback period finally revealed ! It is amazing that she could build such formidably organic sonic edifices in her home studio with the primitive machines given to her by Pierre Henry: three tape recorders, a mixing board, an amplifier, two loudspeakers and a microphone. Eliane previously worked for him at the Studio d'Essai of the R.T.F. from 1955 to 1957, after having met Pierre Schaeffer almost by chance who invited her to learn the techniques of Musique Concrte. Created 10 years after her Studio d'Essai experience, the Feedback works of Eliane Radigue immediately take a new direction from the explorations of Musique Concrte. Her adventure is intuitively going towards flux, towards contemplative stasis - a music of continuous sounds, of apparently simple structures, which permits the revelations and expansion of rich acoustic phenomena. It is as if her musical work was in some way a martial art as if she meditated for 10 years before striking the first blow, with an impressive precision! This is the context in which Eliane composed 'Omnht' in 1970 for the architectonic spaces of the visual artist Tania Mouraud titled 'One More Night', presented at the Gallery of the Rive Gauche in Paris; 'Usral' (the title comes from a phonetic compression of ultrasounds slowed-down, in French 'ultra-sons ralentis'), one of the first works by Eliane Radigue to be given in public as sound environment for a sculpture by Marc Halpern in the Salon des Artistes Dcorateurs at the Grand Palais of Paris in 1969; 'Stress-Osaka', conceived when the artist was invited to create a sonic environment for the International Fair in Osaka in 1970. There is no doubt that Eliane Radigue vocabulary is based on observing and entering into dialog with the fundamental behavior of sounds: pulsing, beating, sustained, very light, a subtle and delicate evolution. When she moved from feedback sounds to the ARP synthesizer she naturally continued the same music. A continuity where the original use of feedback sounds stands out for its cruder and more savage inner character. One could say that somehow it's the very texture of the sounds, which leads the form of her compositions. At the same time this approach favors an intense sensuality in the listening. First pressing of 400 copies also including a 16-page LP-size booklet with original photos, scores and liner notes as well as a second LP titled 'Vice-Versa, Etc...', originally a small handmade box, signed and numbered, realized as a multiple on the occasion of a show at Lara Vincy's gallery in 1970, which contained a reel of magnetic tape and the instructions for use. It indicates that all playback speeds are possible, forward or backward, as well as any combination of two channels, on several recorders, ad libitum This LP presents two versions done by Emmanuel Holterbach following the indications of Eliane Radigue to the letter, respecting her composition methods." [label info]