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Lariviere, Regis Renouard: Contree [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Acousmatic compositions--works of sound having no relationship to concrete elements--from French composer Regis Renouard Lariviere, using bold sounds structures in three major works from 2002, 2010 & 2013, each exploring sonic environments affected by tone, timbre, time and pitch in fascinating and gripping ways; profoundly interesting and otherworldy.

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UPC: 5050580709928

Label: Recollection GRM
Catalog ID: REGRM 021LP
Squidco Product Code: 27181

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
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Regis Renouard Lariviere-composer, performer

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Artist Biographies:

"Régis Renouard Larivière, born Paris in 1959, is a French composer who studied electro-acoustic music under Philippe Mion and Jacques Lejeune in 1984. He also studied classical musical analysis with Francis Bayer, Hindoustani music in India with Shivu Taralagatti. He's been appointed to teach electro-acoustic music at the Centre de formation de musiciens intervenants (CFMI) in Poitiers, from 1990 to 1999. He worked on a regular basis with Christian Éloy on the workshops organized by the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) since 1999. He was also member of the board of the Ars Sonora magazine alonside Katherine Vayne and Christian Zanési from1995 to 1999. He composes for tape and for stage, dance and theater alike."

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track listing:


1. Contree (2013) (20:00)


1. Allegeance volatile (2002) (8:46)

2. Esquive (2010) (10:10)
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"Allegeance Volatile" and "Esquive" each tackle the same issue in their own way. Overcoming time: whether it be successive, additional, enumerative, or repetitive. However, there is nothing here about the ensuing nature of so-called "repetitive" music. These are types of high-end music. And it is more about insistence, the obstinacy of an individual who keeps knocking on a door that will never open.

The rustic drumming of "Allegeance", talkative, acidulous, colorful, and over-articulated, with almost clownish desinences, eventually dies out in this very respite. The iterative and puffy shimmering of "Esquive" with its dull, thin and precise sounds, shifts and is engulfed into another sonic world -- which appears as a gaping and collapsed response to this prime insistency. This is, indeed, a "volatile allegiance" and "avoidance" from the sonic to the musical elements: the musical phenomenon anticipated and pursued as the non-sound of sound -- or, in other words, the void of sound.

This seems to be the lesson of the concrete attitude in music. Such is the kind of questioning that stirs the composer. He returns with another title: "Contree", which, once again, speaks of a counter-event. Here, the movement is broader, more generous, more confident. Time spreads and stretches out. What seems to be a landscape of entanglements, trajectories, influx, masses, and points emerges. "Something" rises and presents itself out of the sounds -- these escaping beings, these "relatively short combustion flames" (Schaeffer). The piece consists of five consecutive and uninterrupted parts: "Entree" and "Stance I" -- "Vehemence De L'air" and "Stance II" -- "Grande Allure". It is the central section of an electroacoustic triptych with Sables (2011) as the first and Nil (2017) as the last. "Contree" is dedicated to Philippe Mion, whose friendly ears have been entrusted with my music for so many years."-Recollection GRM

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