Eliane Radigue

01.10.2003 / 20:00 h
Villa Elisabeth

20 Years Freunde Guter Musik Berlin

L’Ile Re-Sonante – 8-track / 3-part piece (2000)

Eliane Radigue (Paris) studied with Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry in the ’50s, and for many years was Henry’s assistant. She did not, however, follow her mentor into the pastures of “musique concrète”, but turned rather to synthesizers as sound sources and went her own way. Her electronic sounds, usually generated on Arp or Moog synthesizers and recorded on tape, have a hypnotic power and are uncompromisingly minimalistic, even ascetic. They change almost imperceptibly and create a continuous flow in which the music seems to be moving around the listener. It could be said that she has been working on a single large piece for her entire life: “there are no real differences between my various works, no more than between the beginning and end of a piece”, as she puts it. The idea for “L’Ile Re-Sonante” came in 1998, and the composition was realized at the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis in 2000.

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