Mémoire Magnétique, Vol​ 1.

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“Transversales Disques is very glad to announce the release of « Mémoire Magnétique, vol.1 » spanning 1966-1990, revelatory collection of commercial and secret music by electronic music pioneer Bernard Parmegiani.

Since the late 50’s, Bernard Parmegiani, a major figure of electroacoustic music and a founding member of GRM has created some sixty concert music.

From the start, Parmegiani’s work was closely linked to the screen, with dozens of documentaries, films, long features, animation films but also musical pieces for dance, stage or television.

If many of his pieces are landmarks in the history of electroacoustic music (De Natura Sonorum, La Roue Ferris…) his application music compositions are strongly embedded in the subconscious landscape of the French public (Stade 2, Roissy CDG Paris Airport…).

The first volume of this compilation allows us to discover some of these lost tapes and unpublished recordings which were composed for the screen or the performing arts.

This series of rare application music compositions are representative of the vast scope explored by Parmegiani. Far from the strict format of concert music, its codes and usages, this music designed to fit with the screen is a work of amazing freshness and spontaneity.

It is pervaded with a singular balance, between minimalist music and a more articulated language. There is a space for melody, for word repetitions. Actually, repetition is a constant feature, blurring the line between his concert work and the rest. More than a border line, it seems to define two worlds, which communicate through it.

With an impressive number of application works, and some time spent at the head of the Sound / Image sector in the research service led by Pierre Schaeffer, the composer has managed to build up a framework designed for research and mutual exchange. Bernard Parmegiani presents us with lights, gestures, lines, various registers. Besides, how could one perceive these pieces of music without the pictures they are supposed to enhance? Each title is suggestive, and the best answer is in the field of imagination.

In the middle of the B-side, there is a true gem dated 1977. In this second extract of “Versailles… peut-être“ Bernard Parmegiani gives us a glimpse of the future. One can feel the pulse of the 80’s and of the first accents of Techno Music. It feels like driving a drop head car at 134 BPM, faster than on Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn”. One can also sense that soon the LFO will be replaced by the drum-machine.

Listening to these pieces of music arouses the same sensation as reading the prose of an author already known for his poetry. If one has never read his poems, here is the record that will open the door on a new world to be discovered.” Maxime Barthélemy.

Remastered high-resolution audio transferred directly from the original tapes.
Exclusive Liner Notes + OBI STRIP.

A1. Indicatif Pour L’Émission “Stade 2” (Version Inédite) 1:13
A2. La Guerre Des Insectes I 1:53
A3. L’Herbe Rouge I 2:48
A4. Je Tu Elles 1:32
A5. Versailles​.​.​.​ Peut​-​être I 2:58
A6. La Guerre Des Insectes II 1:25
A7. Opération Ypsilon 3:33
A8. Image De Marque I (Extrait) 2:57
A9. L’Herbe Rouge II 1:58
B1. La Ville En Haut De La Colline I 1:50
B2. Image De Marque II 2:51
B3. Abel-Abeth 4:03
B4. La Guerre Des Insectes III 1:45
B5. Versailles​.​.​.​ Peut​-​être II 2:36
B6. La Ville En Haut De La Colline II 1:33
B7. Récession 2:26
B8. Versailles​.​.​.​ Peut​-​être III 2:12