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Eliane Radigue


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Paris, France (1932 – present)

Eliane Radigue (born in 1932) is a French music composer whose work, since the early 1970s, has been almost exclusively created using a single synthesizer, the ARP 2500 modular system, and tape.

Raised in Paris by middle-class parents, she married the sculptor Arman with whom she lived in Nice while raising their children. She had studied piano and was already composing before having heard a broadcast by the founder of musique concrète Pierre Schaeffer. She met him shortly thereafter and, in the early 50s, she became his student. Subsequently, during periodic visits to Paris she worked at the Studio d’Essai. Later, when the studio’s contents were moved to the studio of the Groupe Recherche Musicale, her work was discarded, due to sexism.

During the early 60s she was assistant to Pierre Henry at which time she created some of the sounds that appeared in his work. As her work gained maturity, Schaeffer and Henry considered her use of microphone feedback with long tape loops as treachery to their own ideals.

Around 1970, she created her first synthesizer-based music at NYU at a studio she shared with Laurie Spiegel on a Buchla synthesizer left by Morton Subotnick. Her goal by that point was to create a slow, purposeful “unfolding” of sound, which she felt to be closer to contemporary composers of New York than to her previous influences, the French musique concrète composers.


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  • vlijm


    1 May 11:20pm Reply
  • cheeze5

    Like glaciers, her drones slowly move through the landscape... Pure bliss.

    29 Apr 11:12pm Reply
  • DissecteDnigger


    30 Mar 9:54pm Reply
  • BelatedListener

    nyaa (^ں^ @)

    15 Mar 5:27pm Reply
  • weichezaeune

    L'île re-sonante got me into her [2]

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Tuntury

    L'île re-sonante got me into her

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • spreadblood4

    triptych or jetsun mila

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Randwer

    any idea, which album to start with?

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Ececea


    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • djb1993djb

    "In a swimming pool you can see the reflection of the ripples on the bottom or have a vision of the whole and let yourself be carried away by what i call 'dream gazing', or fix on a detail and make your own landscape."

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Jahuatl

    Radigue a couchée avec ses parents Musikconcrete et Musikminimalist. Son enfant est un bel hydrocéphal.

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • helloimjoshua

    And it's phenomenal!

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • _duif

    Finally, the complete Naldjorlak trilogy on CD!

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • _duif

    Yes, usually I choose to go for the spelling found on the first release by the artist, although exceptions are always possible. And some people are simply very anal about this kind of thing - I won't pretend I'm not one of them from time to time! :)

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yourmilk

    Well, Psi 847 was released with the accent, but who knows if that was the record label's decision or hers anyway. And regardless of that, she'd released music for what, three decades without it? That guy doesn't even seem to listen to her so I'm not really sure why it matters to him.

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • _duif

    To my knowledge (correct me if I'm wrong) there is not a single album of hers where she puts the accent on the E, so let's stick to this tag for now shall we. Anyway I don't feel like rescrobbling 177 plays under a new name.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • igloopieface

    an interesting experience. triptych has been rotting in my library for months, but i just turned on trilogie de la mort, and it has been a nice accompaniment to my essay writing. strangely cozy.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • red_horse

    да ерунда

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • kobushi_

    I could listen to her drones forever

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • trtb really interesting documentary about Eliane, really cool and talented woman.

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
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