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Redolfi, Michel: Desert Tracks [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

A peer of Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset, co-founder of the Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Marseille, electroacoustic composer Michel Redolfi developed these hypnotic works after visiting the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon in 1987.

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UPC: 5411867334187

Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog ID: SR 418LP
Squidco Product Code: 22697

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Belgium
Packaging: LP
Recorded in California in 1987 by the artist.


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track listing:


1. Opening (5:49)

2. Mojave Desert (7:11)


1. Death Valley (11:26)

2. Palm Canyon (10:20)
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"In 1987, Michel Redolfi hit the California desert road during the fall, to catch those hypothetical poly-sensorial desert tones. He visited the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon and came back with an extraordinary album of early electronic music, sparse and bright to express the crude light and the divine silences.

In 1969, Michel Redolfi, with the co-foundation of the Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Marseille, pursued his passion for electro-acoustic music at an early age. During the '80s and '90s he composed collaborative works with Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset.

As a resident of the United States from 1973 to 1984, he carried out his research with several new music centers, including the CME at the University of California in San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts. Also during this period he developed several collaborations with American composers. The natural elements highlighted by technology are a constant in Redolfi's catalog: many of his electroacoustic pieces stylize and orchestrate sound matter, and are recorded in remote locations as on Pacific Tubular Waves, originally released with Immersion in 1980 (REGRM 014LP, 2015) and Jungles (1997).

He currently heads a major studio in sound design, Audionaute, based in Nice, France."-Sub Rosa

Artist Biographies:

"Michel Redolfi ( 8 December 1951 In Marseille in France -) is a contemporary French composer.

Following classical musical studies, Michel Redolfi specializes in electroacoustic creation and actively participates in the founding of the GMEM Experimental Music Group in 1969.

From 1973 onwards, he developed his career in the United States in the studios of the University of Wisconsin, at the California Institute of the Arts and especially as a researcher at the University of California in San Diego , where he resided until 1984. On his return to France in 1986, he was appointed head of the CIRM national studios in Nice. He was also until 1998, director of the festival of Musiques Actuelles MANCA of Nice, international rendezvous of alternative sound creation. Since 2002, he creates and directs the studio Audionaute, focused on multimedia creation and sound design.

During his American period Michel Redolfi founded the concept of underwater music, an innovative project whose research is supported by the University of California and the Ministry of Culture. Diffused by submerged equipment in the open sea or in the pool, its music created specifically for the medium invites the public to float or immerse themselves in the heart of the sound: Sonic Waters , first underwater concert in 1981, San Diego Bay and International Festival of Contemporary Art of La Rochelle. Underwater opera Crysallis in 1992 internationally dedicated the genre (soprano Yumi Nara). In 25 years of performances and installations, tens of thousands of people have experienced a new, playful and futuristic listening experience in Europe, the United States and Australia ( Brisbane and Sydney Festival, 1998)."

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