Costin Miereanu – Dérives

Costin Miereanu – Dérives LP front cover
Costin Miereanu – Dérives LP back cover
Costin Miereanu – Dérives LP side A

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


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18 Responses to “Costin Miereanu – Dérives”

  1. 1 owlqaeda November 17, 2011 at 9:07 am

    incroyable document. mille mercis

  2. 2 continuo November 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

    There’s not much drone music as intense and moving as this one, I think.
    Thanks for your French-fluent comment.

  3. 3 Mark November 18, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Thanks so much! If anyone has Jardins Oublies, Carrousel, or Piano Miroir please post.

  4. 4 continuo November 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’ve not heard the works you mention, but Youtube offers the enchanting Musique Elémentaire de Concert.
    Thanks for your comment.

  5. 5 wa November 19, 2011 at 1:58 am

    First the Pietro Grossi library disk and now this. Continuo scores again. Awesome.

  6. 6 continuo November 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Thanks. If you like your electronic music radical and uncompromizing, I hope you didn’t miss the Augustyn Bloch LP.

  7. 7 muffinass November 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

    i’ll subscribe to everyone’s lauds and thank you again for posting this!

    being Romanian i had absolutely no clue about the rich body of work that existed from these composers and i am extremely grateful for the education!

    do you have any more works from Romanian composers that you will be posting?

    p.s.the Hyperion Ensemble was a phenomenal discovery

  8. 8 continuo November 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    George Enescu’s piano music on Wergo is a favorite. I also love the work of Horatio Radulescu, especially the Edition RZ LP and the Sub Rosa CD. Myryam Marbe’s music is a feast of chromaticism and dreamy orchestration. Check out the LP I posted earier. Something by Ionel Petroï might appear on the blog at some point. The Hyperion Ensemble was indeed a fantastic orchestra, but the performance of the new version during the Nov. 2011 Spectrum festival was a little lacklustre, to say the least.
    Thanks for your comment.

  9. 9 R! November 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Many thanks! Great music!

  10. 10 continuo November 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for your comment.

  11. 11 gd November 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

    wow, never heard any Miereanu besides the cramps record….

  12. 12 continuo November 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

    The Cramps LP isn’t representative of Miereanu’s work, I think. This one is quite different.

  13. 13 rob November 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    i like this. a lot.

  14. 14 continuo November 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Impressive music, indeed. And the magic works each time you listen again.

  15. 15 duck1887 November 29, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for this one. Like gd, I’d only heard Luna Cinese. (Do you have Luna Cinese?)

  16. 16 continuo November 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Luna Cinese has already been posted on many blogs before.

  17. 17 duck1887 November 30, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Okay, thanks, I’ll take a look.

  18. 18 ron March 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    so is multiupload gone? i haven’t been able to open any of their links for a few weeks.

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