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File under: Minimalism

Charlemagne Palestine

Relationship Studies

Label: Alga Marghen

Format: Vinyl LP

Genre: Sound Art

In stock


Relationship Studies" LP includes 2 seminal electronic music radical realizations by Charlemagne Palestine, or "Relationship Study No. 1" (1967) and the generally titled "Electronic" from the same year.
Sounds in motion like race cars, motor cycles, war planes, rocket ships excited Charlemagne sonic imagination when we was still a young teenager. Then came the experience of listening to the electronic music of Tod Dockstader, Alwyn Nikolais, Pierre Henry and Pierre Schaffer, Xenakis and "Poeme Electronique" by Edgar Varese. Immediately fascinated Charlemagne Palestine bought a primitive electronic equipment and started to experiment, creating his original electronicesque language.


The two previously unreleased 18 minute masterpieces presented here directly come from this early period of intense experimentations in a fluid ever-changing mix of adding and filtering white noise and simple sine tone generators. Both pieces are late night compositions created at the electronic music studio of the New York N.Y.U. Intermedia Center using Buchla 100 and Buchla 200 systems.
Even if dating back from the mid-1960s these intense sonorities might very much recall the best early power electronic scene from the late 1970s, in particular to the first brut music works created by Maurizio Bianchi. For sure they represent a very unique and inspiring approach to electronic creation, sounding more and more actual and surprising nowadays.

a really great record, especially for anyone enamored with those early Buchla days ...Mimaroglu

File under: Minimalism
Cat. number: cat No. plana-P alga031
Year: 2010
Edition limited to 350 copies Recorded in 1967 at the electronic music studio of the New York N.Y.U. Intermedia Center.

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