Pierre Henry Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Similar to Pierre Henry:
Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Cage, Meredith Monk, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Otto Luening, Tod Dockstader, Vladimir Ussachevsky
This first stretch of this 1967 release makes up the score of a ballet by Maurice Bejart. It represents Henry at his most friendly, applying his electroacoustic skills in a very swinging sixties context. Most famously, the record contains the track Psyché Rock, later used as the basis of the theme to animated comedy series Futurama, and was also subject to a remix by Fatboy Slim. Some more outré material follows, making this a nicely balanced introduction to Henry’s oeuvre.
This is a massive testament to the one of the most innovative and influential bodies of work in 20th century music. Pierre Henry (who died in 2017 at the age of 89) was one of the pioneers of musique concrète. His work and ideas resonate through the spectrum of electronic music, from tape collage to the theme from animated series Futurama (which was based on his track Psyché Rock).
This artist-compiled 12-disc box samples his output from the 1950 collaboration with Pierre Schaeffer, Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul, to some of his final works, with nine pieces seeing their first release. Contains an 112-page booklet with extensive notes with artwork displaying Henry’s “concrete paintings”.
Pierre Henry’s influential score for the 1962 film Malefices - which starred Juliette Greco, no less - makes its way back to wax courtesy of Cacophonic. Henry was one of the first of the musique concrete crew to see the exciting ways in which the medium could cross-breed with other genres. His music here, part-Hammer Horror ghoulishness and part eerie avant experiments, is a good example of Henry seeing that potential realised.