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Icarus Bèta: Pierre Henry Special

Icarus Bèta: Pierre Henry Special

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Etudes Transcendantes pour un piano imaginaire: No5 and Etudes Transcendantes pour un piano imaginaire: No4.

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This upload was 16th in the #noise chart and 75th in the #experimental chart.

French composer Pierre Henry, pioneer in musique concrète, began experimenting at the age of 15 with sounds produced by various objects. He became fascinated with the integration of noise into music. He studied with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen, and Félix Passerone at the Paris Conservatoire.

Between 1949 and 1958, Henry worked at the Club d'Essai studio at RTF, which had been founded by Pierre Schaeffer in 1943. During this period, he wrote the 1950 piece Symphonie pour un homme seul, in cooperation with Schaeffer; he also composed the first musique concrète to appear in a commercial film, the 1952 short film Astrologie ou le miroir de la vie. Henry scored numerous additional films and ballets. Psyche Rock became a cult hit, was originally written for a ballet of Maurice Béjart. He founded with Jean Baronnet the first private electronic studio in France, the Apsone-Cabasse Studio.
Henry died on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Paris, at the age of 89.

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