Born in Bucharest in 1943, Costin Miereanu studied composition, musicology and philosophy in Bucharest, Paris and Darmstadt. He moved to France in 1968, and was naturalized French in 1977. Starting 1981, he worked as a university lecturer and artistic director for sheet music publisher Editions Salabert. Miereanu’s vast musical output covers many genres, but he has been using electroacoustic and electronic sounds in his music since the 1960s. His first LP was Luna Cinese on Cramps in 1975, for actor, reader and 2 turntables. Miereanu founded Poly-Art Records in 1984 with fellow Romanian expat Daniel Kientzy. For an overview of Romanian electroacoustic music, see this essay (in French).
♫ The two tracks on this LP consist of dense electronic drones, field recordings and musique concrète, slowly accumulating additional layers to form a thick, imposing sound stratum. The first one, Finis-Terre, deploys its electronic, almost static sounds in a majestic, yet slightly menacing way, in a kind of inescapable, enveloping texture. The second one is all about psychoacoustics, ghost sounds and trompe-l’oreille. Amid the multiple layers of electronic sounds, you’d swear hearing people crying and shouting, echoed voices and even bells, while the only actually identifiable location recordings are children playing in a schoolyard and birds (my own guess). The B side was engineered by Pôle and Hydravion member Philippe Besombes. In this kind of music, the louder you listen, the more details you perceive, and the more disturbing the music gets.
01 Finis-Terre (20:36)
02 Terre de Feu (18:15)
Costin Miereanu, tape, electronic, sound treatment, mini-Moog D, synthesizer
Total time 38:51
LP released by Polyart Records, France, 1984