parlando playlist #86: jacques lejeune - perpétuel [1983]

Posted on February 8th, 2014 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Parlando Playlist.

Jacques Lejeune, Perpétuel

The last track on the 1983 INA-GRM album Symphonie au bord d'un paysage.

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Comment on February 8th, 2014.

I love INA-GRM, a French label mostly devoted to musique concrète. I got turned on to them by Ole Kvern, and bought twenty or thirty albums about thirty years ago, half of them in one swoop in a used record store in Vancouver.

The peak was François Bayle, Bernard Parmegiani, Jean Schwarz, and Jacques Lejeune*. Eventually all of their major works would come out on CD. Except for my one favorite: Symphonie au bord d'un paysage by Jacques Lejeune. Why I don't know, but it was a real frustration for me, eventually becoming my single most wanted album never to come out on CD. Our turntable broke, too; I asked a friend to burn my album, but he never got around to it, and we moved cross-country.

Well. I watched the internet for mp3s, but nothing. It was very obscure, apparently. But I checked every two weeks (well, about) and suddenly I found, not mp3s, but a new CD. What's more, not the two that I had, but six albums (my two and four more) on three CDs. For 26 bucks! It was hidden at 80-something on google search; I was lucky that I was essentially bored to look so long.

And all six of the albums are good. Happy!

* That's my personal peak; probably most people would cite Pierre Henry or Pierre Schaeffer.


Comment on February 8th, 2014.

There is something wrong with my previous comment that I can't link. Let's try again:

Jacques Lejeune: Parrages and other electroacoustic works 1971 - 1985

(Robot Records)


Comment on March 28th, 2014.

I enjoyed that more than I thought I was going to: basically, it was more musical than I expected. I probably don't need any more, but it was a pleasant surprise.

(the zizmor anti-spam word never seems to work for me, btw)


Comment on March 28th, 2014.

It is musical! More than I expect! Only, I want more more more. Usually, I end up being mildly disappointed by musique concrète. I want it to be more musical -- crazy, but musical.

(I can't understand the zizmor problem.... maybe you have different zits.)

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