Rodolfo Caesar – A Arte Dos Sons

A Arte Dos Sons LP front cover
A Arte Dos Sons LP back cover
A Arte Dos Sons LP lado 1

BRodolfo Caesarrazilian electroacoustic music composer Rodolfo Caesar was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1950. He studied at Uni-Rio in the 70s and at the Instituto Villa-Lobos in Rio. He moved to France in 1973 to study with Pierre Schaeffer at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and work at the GRM. Back in Brazil in the 1980s, he founded his own studio named Estudio da Gloria, or Glory Studio, in Rio. Caesar composed for dance, video, film and theater, worked as a radio producer and teacher at UFRJ school of music. Caesar belongs to the second generation of Brazilian electroacoustic music composers, after the pioneering works of Reginaldo Carvalho (b1932, founder of the first electroacoustic music studio in Rio in the 1960s named “Estúdio de Música Experimental”), Grupo Música Nova (1963) led by Gilberto Mendes (b1922) in São Paulo, Jocy de Oliveira (b1936) and Jorge Antunes (b1942). See Igor Lintz Maués’ essay “Electroacoustic Music in Brazil”, 1989.

♫  The A Arte Dos Sons LP (or The Art of Sounds) collects 3 uncompromising electroacoustic endeavors composed during Caesar’s stay at GRM in 1973-76. The imposing Curare II (completed 1978), with its radical, brooding electronic transformations of low cello sounds, recalls Iancu Dumitrescu’s 1985-86 Harryphonies (for double bass, percussion, prepared piano and Harryphone), with the same kind of claustrophobic, inescapable atmosphere. Tutti Frutti (1976) adds a musique concrète dimension to the same premises, including bell sounds treatment, synthesizer, metallic noises and percussion (especially in the final part). The refined electronic high frequencies of Les Deux Saisons (1976) act as a welcome pause between the 2 previous compositions. However, as the piece progresses, it accumulates energy and sharpness until it sounds like precision diamond shaping between your ears– which is not that relaxing, after all! Note: Check out the monumental Coletânea de Música Eletroacústica Brasileira 5xCD-set on this blog for an overview of Brazilian electroacoustic music.

01 Curare II (7:34)
02 Les Deux Saisons (6:52)
03 Tutti Frutti (a) (4:03)
04 Tutti Frutti (b) (5:43)
05 Tutti Frutti (c) (8:22)

Total time 32:34
LP, private release, ref. RC 8859, Brazil, 1978


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16 Responses to “Rodolfo Caesar – A Arte Dos Sons”

  1. 1 jim October 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

    this is a great record – thanks heaps for sharing!

    While studying at the Conservatoire, Caesar was also employed as Guy Reibel’s teaching assistant in 74. I have a feeling he did some work at the IPEM in Belgium, but their website has been redesigned & the archive is no longer available on line… Anyways! Cofounders of the Rio studio were the pair of (GMEB veterans) Delfina & Sergio Araujo.

    Caesar made a return visit to the GRM in the early 90s.

  2. 2 continuo October 3, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for the knowledgeable comment, Jim. The possibility that Caesar created anything in Belgium seems unlikely, though. My reference book on all things electroacoustic is the Internationale Dokumentation elektroakustischer Musik, from PFAU Verlag (1996), and it doesn’t mention any work done at IPEM. Here’s what they list:

    1975 Curare (INA GRM)
    1976 Tutti Frutti (INA GRM)
    1976 Les Deux Saison (INA GRM)
    1978 Curare II (INA GRM)
    1980 Fragmentos do Paraiso (Estudio da Gloria Rio, Rio de Janeiro)
    1981 Candomblet (PS VDL)
    1981 Tremola Impresso (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1982 Harmonia dos Mistos (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1982 Espiral (PS VDL/ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1982 Vibrata (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1983 Mosaic Blues (INA GRM)
    1983 Botafogo (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1985 Divertimento I (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1985 Ricercare-Fuga (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 Sinfonia (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 Tempo Real (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 A Descida (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 Divertimento II (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 Estudos de Causa e Efeito I, II, III (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1986 Heavy Metal (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1987 Eguas da Noite (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1987 Antigonos (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1987 A Paisagem (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1987 Hi-Fi (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1987 O Deserto (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1988 A Princesa Branca (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1988 O Sopro… (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1988 Vivo (Diabolus in machina) (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1988 Presença (ESt da Gloria Rio)
    1989 Arcos I (University of East Anglia Music Center, Norwich, UK)
    1989 Introduction to The Stone (UEA Norwich)
    1989 A Carne de Pedra (UEA Norwich)
    1990 Arcos (versao II) (UEA Norwich)
    1990 Canto (UEA Norwich)
    1990 Neolitica (UEA Norwich)
    1990 Norfolk Flint (UEA Norwich)
    1991 A Paisagem (INA GRM)
    1991 Ariadne (UEA Norwich)
    1991 Canibali (PS C.)
    1991 Canon/Chaos (UEA Norwich)
    1992 Estudo para Volta Redonda (INA GRM/UEA Norwich)
    1993 A Noite em Concha (personal studio)
    1993 Industrial Revolutions (personal studio)
    1993 Volta Redonda (UEA Norwich)
    1994 Niemietoia (personal studio)
    1995 Moema (personal studio)
    1995 Penelope (personal studio)

  3. 3 Marc Fontfreda October 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    From a Brazilian source, one near mint copy for sale at ebay. Price?: oh my God ! .. USD900.

    Great stuff btw.

    Mille mercis.

  4. 4 continuo October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Don’t you know this blog is worth $5m? (just kidding)

  5. 5 s. borges October 4, 2011 at 3:36 am


  6. 6 continuo October 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hi, Sergio. Brazil illuminates this blog, once again!

  7. 7 Twinkle II October 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    This recording brings to mind Musica Elettronica Viva, for me.

  8. 8 continuo October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    These monolithic, imposing compositions bear more than a passing resemblance, indeed.

  9. 9 mrkknsz October 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    It is a beautiful album, thank you for sharing.

  10. 10 continuo October 18, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    You’re welcome.

  11. 11 marcelo May 30, 2012 at 2:29 am

    caro moderador o link encontra-se vencido um forte a braço !

  12. 12 marcelo June 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    dear friend continuo Link is expired please renew it in its 78MB please i thank you

  13. 13 continuo June 3, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

  14. 14 sergio borges October 17, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Continuo – I took the liberty and have linked this page to my own here, at Soundcloud:

    If you have any issues, please do drop me a line.

    all the best, s., rio.

  15. 15 continuo October 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Congratulations, Sergio, great track. I made a little post on Tumblr.

  16. 16 sergio borges October 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Many thanks for the praise!!

    Who knows? One day, I may release a vinyl and have the honor to find it uploaded here, at your site. Hopefully….cheers, s., rio.

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