Today I pay tribute to Bernard Parmegiani, one of the founding founders of electroacoustic music, who left this world on November 21, and has contributed to awaken me to electroacoustic music and cultivate my passion for this discipline. Bernard Parmegiani is responsible for my first big acousmatic shock, which occurred while experiencing “De natura sonorum”, aired on the acousmonium in the Olivier Messiaen room at Radio France in the 80s.
The acousmonium is an orchestra of loudspeakers “for the projection and spatialization of sound, it consists of a highly variable number of speakers, ranging from a few pairs to over a hundred. Sitting in the room, you are literally surrounded, as if propelled inside the sound. I still remember the incredible sensations related to this discovery, this strange and wonderful world that opened up to me, this world where possibility and infinity met one another.
“This music makes puts the beyond-ear to work, and touches the inside… ” (Bernard Noël )
I suggest you listen to two pieces written by Bernard Parmegiani, the first is called En phase/Hors phase and is part of the Dedans-Dehors suite.
Here is what Bernard Parmegiani has to say about this piece :
Dedans-Dehors (1977) ”When listening to the sonic material, we turn the inside into the outside. This notion of metamorphosis is one of the principles that led the development of the musical suite, reflecting changes (transoformations from liquid to solid : water/ice/fire) or movements (ebb/flow/wave, inspiration/expiration) or of inside-outside passages (door/individual/crowd). And so, the perceived object is not exectly what we wished it to be. Our music brings us closer to one and pushes us away from the other : to each his own inside” (Bernard Parmegiani ).
The second piece is “La roue Ferris”
Also enclosed is the accompanying text by François Bayle
“We imagine it – writes Bernard Parmegiani – wonderful; it is literally sparkling, when in Mexico we light It up and it becomes a gyrating sun, symbol of perpetual motion…” At each of its “turns” the music takes with it thicknesses, blocks and layers, brewed until they become sonic threads, their lightness recalling the thin clouds that swirling swallows inhabit with their woven cries when the air is hot”… François Bayle
And finally, did you know that the jingle at Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport is Bernard Parmegiani’s work? (1971 to 2005) : Listen , does it remind you of anything?