avant-garde

avant-garde

Henri Pousseur, Rhymes for Different Sound Sources, 1958

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The sound sources come from live orchestral instrumentalists, with electronic generators and combinations that are electronically manipulated and played from magnetic tape through loudspeakers at the front and rear of the concert hall. It dates from the earlier period of avant-garde electro-accoustic experimentalism when Edgard Varese was producing his famous "Poeme Electronique" and Henk Badings his "Cain and Abel". Pousseur's electronic sounds are quite crude by today's standards, but the orchestra parts are still very entertaining, similar in style to the contemporaneous Luc Ferrari. There are three sections: 1) 0'00": A small group of instrumentalists are gradually joined by the taped parts until the latter completely overpower the live performers. 2) 4'10": The electronically generated sounds now become more complex and dominating, and the orchestra is much larger. 3) 10'04: A sort of "coda" played by the orchestra alone. This work might be better known by it's French title, "Rimes pour differentes sources sonores". Henri Pousseur was Belgian and one of the most ingenious and bold experimenters of the new music techniques during his time. He lived from 1929 - 2009. The Rome Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bruno Maderna (1967).