Dubravko Detoni ‘Graphies I,II & III / Phonomorphia 1,2 & 3’

Dubravko Detoni LP front coverThe Prospectives series logoDetoni portrait from LP coverDubravko Detoni LP back cover

  1. Graphie II (5:45)
    For instrumental ensemble
    Zagreb Biennial workshop orchestra
  2. Phonomorphia 1 (4:13)
    Electroacoustic music, recorded at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw
  3. Phonomorphia 2 (7:42)
    For piano and tape
    Piano: D. Detoni
  4. Graphie I (5:30)
    For organ
    Organ: Andjelko Klobucar
    Recorded in Zagreb Cathedral
  5. Graphie III (15:28)
    For chorus, instrumental ensemble and tape
    Choir and ensemble from National Radio-Television Orchestra,  Zagreb
    Conductor: D. Detoni
  6. Phonomorphia 3 (8:25)
    For voice, instrumental ensemble and tape
    Voices: Neva Rosic, Tonko Lonza
    Ensemble from National Radio-Television Orchestra,  Zagreb
    Conductor: D. Detoni

Total time 47:00
LP released by Philips, France, 1971

Dubravko Detoni transcends the clichés of European contemporary music with an almost surrealist theatricality and an ear for interesting sounds, whatever the instrument (for more info on Detoni, see previous post). This LP on Philips’ Prospective 21e Siècle series [+] is no exception, the first to introduce Detoni to the Western world. Graphie I and Phonomorphia 2 won first prize during the 1969 Paris biennale, and during the seventies, Detoni became a familiar figure of the European contemporary music festivals (Warsaw, Venezia, Paris, Nürnberg…). The parallel cycles Graphie and Phonomorphia, for solist, group of instruments and/or tape, were all written between 1967 and ’71. The Phonomorphia cycle makes constant use of electroacoustic tape music presumably recorded in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw.
The LP was kindly ripped for us by reader Rainier. Thanks.


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8 Responses to “Dubravko Detoni ‘Graphies I,II & III / Phonomorphia 1,2 & 3’”

  1. 1 Caitlyn July 31, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Thanks for this. I’m always surprised at how few of the Prospective 21 records are posted on blogs. I only have 8 of them (and common ones at that), so I am always trying to find rips of the others.

  2. 2 continuo July 31, 2009 at 5:07 am

    I agree with you. Note pressing quality was not always top notch in the Prospective series, but some of the LPs deserve to be heard again.

  3. 3 Caitlyn August 2, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Do you have any other Herbert Brün?
    I posted this one up, thought you might want it if you didn’t have it.

  4. 4 continuo August 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I’ve never heard of Brün before, Caitlyn. This seems a great discovery from your blog. Will try and download it very soon.

  5. 5 bgb February 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

    One of the first albums with electroacoustic music I ever bought, somewhere around 1977, and still, IMO, one of the most outstanding recordings in my collection. I find the “whole” record much “greater than it’s parts”. Every note, every sound follows perfectly, one after another. The man is a genius. Thanks for the posting.

  6. 6 continuo February 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

    As usual with Detoni recordings, interprets are brilliant and contribute a great deal to the magic of this LP.

  7. 7 Da! March 13, 2012 at 1:29 am

    All links are down. Could you please re-upload the works of Dubravko Detoni? I would be very grateful.

  8. 8 continuo March 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

    You should leave a comment on the 2012 Re-ups page, where all re-uploads are collected.

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