Eliane Radigue (b. 1932)



Geelriandre and Arthesis (1972)

1. Geelriandre
Piano - Gérard Fremy

2. Arthesis

Geelriandre realized on the ARP Synthesizer in 1972; this version was recorded at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1979. Arthesis realized on the Moog Synthesizer at the University of Iowa in 1973.


Adnos I-III

1. Adnos I [71:26] (1975)

Adnos I composed 1973-74 and premiered 1974 at Festival d'automne in Paris, France.

2. Adnos II [72:44] (1981)

Adnos II completed in 1979 using the Arp synthetizer with the aid of three Revox 1/4 inch tape decks, a mixing console and an outboard third-octave filter used in synch with the filters of the Arp.

3. Adnos III [72:40] (1983)


Kyema, Intermediate States (1992)

1. Kyema, Intermediate States [61:22]

Eliane Radigue - ARP 2500



Interview with Eliane Radigue (December 11, 1980)

This edition of The Morning Concert features Parisian composer Eliane Radigue. Host Charles Amirkhanian explores Radigue’s background as a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, her compositional technique involving synthesizers and tape recorders, and her life as a composer and Tibetan Buddhist. Radigue discusses the compositional and performing processes involved in her "combinatory" music, and explains how she has adapted to the lack of acceptance of her music in Paris. Radigue performs two pieces live in the studio: Chry-ptus and Triptych. This radio performance constitutes the world premiere of the first and third movements of Triptych.


Radigue's long-term study of Buddhism is reflected in this meditative work - Kyema is exemplary of the composor's interest in synthesized drones. This work is the first piece in the Trilogie de La Mort,a three-part series based on the Bardol-Thodol, the Tibetan Book of the Dead. "Kyema" is a tibeten word referring to the state of surprise mixed with sorrow.



Eliane Radigue was born in Paris. She studied electroacoustic music techniques at RTF under Pierre Shaeffer and Pierre Henry, later becoming Henry's assistant at the Studio Apsome. She has had residendes at the New York University School of the Arts, at the University of Iowa, and at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1975, Radigue became a disciple of Tibetan Buddhism. After four years of study, she began a large-scale cycle of works based on the life of the 11th century Tibetan master Milarepa. Three recordings of this work, "Songs of Milarepa," "Jetsun Mila," and "Mila's Joumey Inspired By A Dream," have been released by Lovely Music. Radigue's music has been performed throughout Europe and the United States. She currently lives in France, where she continues to compose electronic music and to study the teachings of the Tibetan lamas.



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