Bernard Parmegiani & Josep Maria Mestres-Quadreny – Espaces Sonores No.1

B. Parmegiani & JM Mestres Quadreny – Espaces-Sonores No.1 LP front cover
B. Parmegiani & JM Mestres Quadreny – Espaces-Sonores No.1 LP back cover
B. Parmegiani & JM Mestres Quadreny – Espaces-Sonores No.1 LP side A

Ondist Arlette Sibon-Simonovitch is the catalyst of this 1972 LP pairing two electroacoustic music compositions for Ondes Martenot, electronic sounds, magnetic tape and drums. Arlette is the wife of Yugoslavian-born director Konstantin Simonovitch, who championed the orchestral music of Edgar Varèse, Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari and many others with his Paris Instrumental Ensemble for Contemporary Music orchestra during the 1960s and ’70s.

Composed by Bernard Parmegiani in 1969, Outremer belongs to a series of compositions for single acoustic instrument and magnetic tape Parmegiani created during the 1960s, like Violostries for violinist Devyh Erlih (1964), Jazzex for jazz quartet (1966) or Pop Secret with The Third Ear Band (1969). In these works, the tape usually contains sound manipulations of the acoustic instrument plus additional electronic sounds and studio effects. The juxtaposition of the live and taped instruments creates dense and unheard layers of sound that reconfigures the way one usually listen to instrumental music. Such is the case with Outremer, for Ondes Martenot, electronic and tape, as the electronic treatment of the Ondes’ sonorities raises eerie, otherworldly frequencies, expanding the range of the instrument and pushing it to its limits. Describing Outremer included in one of his 1972 radio shows, Charles Amirkhanian noticed the “bowed sounds, bubbles, ripples, suction, oscillations, washes, crashing waves; all very mutable and seamlessly merged” [here].

Trois Canons en Hommage à Galilée by Spanish composer Josep Maria Mestres-Quadreny is a proper Ondes Martenot/percussion duo where percussionist Sylvio Gualda‘s mallet instruments propel the music in stellar regions, as befits a work dedicated to Galileo (no pun intended). The music is terrific, interplay between the 2 instruments is perfect and the technique is peerless.

Bernard Parmegiani
01 Outremer (21:08)
Josep Maria Mestres-Quadreny
02 Trois Canons en Hommage à Galilée (20:39)

Total time 41:47
LP released by EMI, France, 1972

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13 Responses to “Bernard Parmegiani & Josep Maria Mestres-Quadreny – Espaces Sonores No.1”


  1. 1 Marc Fontfreda November 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Rare as hen´s teeth that one. You have outdone yourself this time !! . Monster post !

  2. 2 continuo November 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Rare record indeed, but most importantly, terrific music.
    Thanks for your comment, Marc.

  3. 3 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián November 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Great record continuo! as always thanks for sharing this beautiful music

    Joaquín

  4. 4 continuo November 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    You’re welcome, Joaquín.

  5. 5 Millepiedi December 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thank you continuo for this gem

  6. 6 continuo December 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    HI, Millepiedi. Arlette is possibly the Jimi Hendrix of Ondes Martenot ;D

  7. 7 RTC December 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Wow – amazing! How I have dreamed of hearing this record!

    Thanks for the great post Continuo…

  8. 8 continuo December 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

    An impressive LP, I reckon. Thanks for your comment.

  9. 9 Ian Russell December 9, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Fabulous. The Trois Canons en Hommage à Galilée is particularly rewarding. A real gem. Many thanks.

  10. 10 continuo December 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for your comment.

  11. 11 OmniEye February 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Multiupload link seems dead, any chance of getting this up again somewhere please?

  12. 12 Mooney July 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Multiupload link seems dead, any chance of getting this up again somewhere please? [x2]

  13. 13 continuo July 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.


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