A 6 CD set that features some of the best work we've ever heard by French experimentalist Pierre Henry! CD 1 contains 3 works in all: "Pierres Reflechies" dates from 1982, and is a long, droning electronic work with slow pulsing changes, and some very noisy bits! "La Noire A Soixante" is from 1961, and is a much quieter and darker work. Electronic pulses explode with great depth – buried underneath a lot of silence, welling up slowly in the darkness. "Gymkhana", from 1970, works in a similar fashion – again at the frontiers of silence, with a similar dark, muffled, explosive quality. CD 2 again contains 3 works: "Fragments Pour Artaud" (1970) features shorter tracks that feature words from the poetry of Artaud, set to electronics by Henry – a very dark exploration of his experimental writing. "Entite" (1959) is very muted – slow bubbles in mud, churning with a dark intensity that's pretty striking. And "Prisme" (1973) is a "spectacle spatio-lumino dynamique et cybernetique" that was recorded in 1973 in Hamburg. The piece is a ballet, and has lots of swirling walls of electronics, and a very rich sound – equally dark as "Entite". CD 3 is a 2 disc set – one that features a wealth of Henry recordings from the 50s – early electronics and musique concrete, darkly noisy, and with lots of jagged edges and striking twists and turns. The sound is incredible – primitive, but with a simple approach that makes the recordings almost more striking than anything Henry did in later years. The package is overstuffed with brilliant work – and pieces include "Microphone Bien Tempere", "Bidule En Mi", "Musique Sans Titre", "Spirale", "Concerto Des Ambiguites", "Coexistence", "Haut Voltage", and "Spatiodynamisme". CD 4 is another 2 disc set – and features the extended work "Dieu", from 1977, based on the work Dieu by Victor Hugo, and featuring recitations by Jean-Paul Farre, set to electronics by Henry! (Out of print. Slipcase has some light edge wear.) © 1996-2017, Dusty Groove, Inc.
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