Chry-Ptus by Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue has had a long and distinguished career in the field of experimental electronics and drone. A 1971 piece which Radigue composed on New York University’s Buchla 100 synthesiser, Chry-Ptus was the first thing Radigue wrote for analog synthesiser. Though not her first work, Chry-Ptus arguably represents the beginning of Radigue’s journey in earnest - the record’s slowly-morphing drones, not dissimilar to her old studio pal Laurie Spiegel, certainly helped set the tone for Radigue’s subsequent work. Originally released as two cassettes that could be played either simultaneously or out-of-sync to create different phasing patterns, this new Important Records edition of Chry-Ptus combines the two on one slab o’ wax.

Vinyl Double LP £31.99 IMPREC467LP

First-time vinyl edition 2LP on Important Records. Includes booklet.

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CD £16.99 SCHOOL2

Double CD on Schoolmap.

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Chry-Ptus by Éliane Radigue
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8/10 Brian 12 November 2009
Eliane Radigue's intriguing drone work I first heard yesterday on the Important CD release of 'Triptych'. Ant is usually the man for this sort of thing but in his absence I opted to say a few words about this double CD set on Schoolmap. The original 'CHRY-PTUS' from 1971 is a merging of two tapes taken from Buchla synthesizer experiments that are played simultaneously and feature what sounds like the comforting hum of a generator, intermittently fluctuating slightly in tone, like a heart murmur, whilst a gurgling plastic ball full of metal beads revolves at thousands of revolutions per minute to create this utterly hypnotic minimal epic piece. About 12 minutes in you get the added bonus of some astral bleeps that sound like morse code techno, completely absorbing stuff that sounds well futuristic, belying its age of 38 years!If you like the contemporary works of Eleh, Deceh & the like, this is where all this tonal drone & modular de-synchronisation really started. I'd advise headphones. CD1 also features a bonus 2001 reworking by Stefano Bassanese, CD2 has 'CHRY-PTUS' Part Two & a 2006 "remix" courtesy of Guiseppe Ielasi, all respectfully executed, retaining the revolutionary themes of the original works. Tasteful highbrow listening!


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