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Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Maléfices
Format: LP
Label: Cacophonic
Country: UK
Price: $26.00
“Cacophonic presents Maléfices, an outstanding film score by Pierre Henry, often overlooked in lists of the composers work. The score is a dream record for fans of early electronics, female vocal manipulation, and horror soundtracks. Widely recognized as one of the original sonic architects of the movement known as musique concrète (having joined Pierre Schaeffers initiative as early as 1949), Pierre Henry was arguably the first musician to entertain the notion of this defiant musical revolution coexisting with traditional and popular music. Initially using the media of modern dance and spoken word as a platform to contextualize his tape-music mutations (notably in unison with Maurice Bejart), Henrys fusion of academic with thematic ideas led to the birth of electronic sound design for film and theatre, exemplified most prevalently in the macabre. His score for Henri Decoins 1962 film Maléfices (Where the Truth Lies) (starring Juliette Gréco) is the missing link between his earliest avant-garde recordings and his later celebrated pop experiments with Michel Colombier and Spooky Tooth. It rivals such cinematic sound as Daphne Orams work for Jack Claytons 1961 horror film The Innocents, and features Henry at what is perhaps his most melodic, fragile, and enchanting (especially for this unforgiving, formative era in his career). Layering vocal tape loops and gossamer feminine voice treatments with plucked strings, white noise wind, and brooding, industrial treated piano textures, Henry magnifies the films intoxicated, hallucinatory narrative. This concise set of complete themes is presented here, fully remastered for the first time, alongside rare excerpts from two of the composers very earliest and least obtainable forays into theatrical sound design: instrumental parts of Henrys first stereo reconstruction of Maurice Bejarts 1961 ballet Orphée, and his seldom-heard concrète interludes from Darius Milhaud and Max Gérards opera Mariage de la Feuille et du Cliché (1958).” - Cacophonic.

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Haut-Voltage/Coexistence
Format: LP
Label: Doxy
Country: Russian Federation
Price: $25.00
"Last available copies. "The 22-minute Haut-Voltage is a product of Henrys collaboration with French choreographer Maurice Béjart, recorded in 1956 for one of Bejarts stage productions, and featuring the vocals of Henry himself. By 1958, Henry had left Pierre Schaeffers RTF and had begun working in his own private studio. Coexistence, recorded in 1959, comes from this new period, when Henry had begun to realize that in order for musique concrète to evolve, it would have to begin to use electronics. Coexistence is one of Henrys first attempts at bringing the two together."" - Doxy.
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Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Le Voile dOrphee
Format: LP
Label: Doxy
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Pierre Henrys 1953 Veil of Orpheus is the first example of symphonic musique concrete, the use of non-traditional sources and real sounds like trains, dogs barking, footsteps, etc., in place of actual instruments and then electronically manipulating these sounds in new ways. It was originally composed for the opera Orpheus 53, which was written with movement founder Pierre Schaeffer for the Donauescliingen Festival. Despite the quantum leaps made in the field of electronics over the past 50 years, this initial experiment still manages to convey its original importance. The piece uses concrete sounds much in the same way a traditional orchestra would use individual instruments. Besides two versions of Veil of Orpheus (the original 27-minute version and the second 15-minute version used in the Maurice Bejart-Pierre Henry ballet Orpheus in 1958), there are two shorter pieces -- Entity and Spiral -- which evoke an unsettling search for meaning that is so often associated with Henrys work." -Doxy.

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Le Voyage
Format: LP
Label: Doxy
Country: Russian Federation
Price: $25.00
On 180 gram vinyl. "After being out of print for decades, Pierre Henrys 1962 Le Voyage is finally available again on vinyl. Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Le Voyage deals with the souls journey between death and reincarnation in the next life. Just two years prior to the recording of this album, electronic and musique concrète pioneer, Pierre Henry founded the first private electronic studio in France, realizing that, if he wanted musique concrète to evolve, he would have to begin experimenting with electronics." - Doxy

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Musique Sans Titre/Spatiodynamisme
Format: LP
Label: Doxy
Country: Italy
Price: $25.00
"Musique Sans Titre, composed in 1951 at the Studio dessai of the RTF, was one of Henrys earliest attempts at musique concrète. Spatiodynamisme, on the other hand, was based on the 1954 recordings of a Nicolas Schöffer sound sculpture. Metallic parts, mirrors, lights and sounds emanating from a 50-meter building interacted with the environment and visitors. Henry recorded various grating and scraping sounds from the metallic sculpture and then manipulated them for this piece, which was influenced by Italian Futurist Luigi Russolos LArte Dei Rumori." -Doxy.

Artist: HENRY, PIERRE
Title: Choix doeuvres de 1950 à 1985
Format: 10 LP Box
Label: Vinyl-On-Demand
Country: Germany
Price: $252.00
"Limited to 400 copies. This ten-LP box set, presented in a deluxe book-like folder in an outer box, covers half a lifetime in musical history. It is more than a regular retrospective; it shares Pierre Henrys personal listening, organized by theme and technology. The box set emphasizes previously unpublished works, and highlights comparisons and contrasts between them. This ultimate anthology covers the first 35 years in the career of the French mastermind of electronic and electroacoustic music, the avant-garde, and musique concrète, enhanced by careful remastering and restoration in correspondence with the artists intention and approach to the recordings. Transparency, detail, and logical history are the substance of this release." - Vinyl-On-Demand.

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