Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Musique Concréte Soundtracks To Experimental Short Films, Vol. 1 & 2 (New England Electric Music Company, 2001)

A blue ribbon six parter of musique concréte works for various short films, sourced straight from the films themselves at the SBS Archives in Melbourne, Australia. The first two volumes span works from 1956 to 1978.

The first volume includes:
Tom Dissevelt - Glas (dir: Henstra, 1959)
Gershon Kingsley - Pixillation (dir: Schwartz, Bell Labs, 1971)
Percy Grainger - Free Music (dir: Unknown, 1970)
Pierre Boulez - Symphonie Mechanique (dir: Mitry, 1956)
Joan LaBarbara - Dance Frame (dir: Chase, 1978)

And the second features:
Bernard Parmegiani - Jeux Des Anges (dir: Borowczyk, 1964)
Wlodzimierz Kotonski - Dom (dir: Borowczyk & Lenica, 1957)

Take note, "Symphonie Mechanique" is Boulez's only concréte work, but a doozy if ever one was heard. Everything here hits the spot in a delightful way. The remaining four volumes are soon to follow. In the meantime, I've included what films I could track down from this series.


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