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Messe Pour le Temps Present-Original
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
This is the much admired, somewhat groovy and extremely experimental Messe Pour Le Temps Present from french composer Pierre Henry - one of the pioneers of the music concrete movement. Recorded in 1967, Messe Pour Le Temps... more »
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This is the much admired, somewhat groovy and extremely experimental Messe Pour Le Temps Present from french composer Pierre Henry - one of the pioneers of the music concrete movement. Recorded in 1967, Messe Pour Le Temps Present was originally scored for a Maurice Bejart ballet, Henry being an ardent admirer of the french choreographers work. Messe Pour Le Temps Present was one of a handful of collaborations with Bejart and Pierre Henry even travelled the world as sound engineer with Bejart's group. The first five tracks of this CD are really nice and groovy (with some cool electronics thrown in!) and the rest, as you can expect from one of the original exponents of music concrete, is very experimental. Philips. 2005.
Sixties electro in a new jacket
ijanman | Tilburg, the Netherlands | 04/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the sixties Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier composed "Messe pour le temps present" as a ballet for Maurice Brejart. More than thirty years later some of the modern electro-artists rediscovered this masterpiece. William Orbit, St Germain, Tek 9, Dimitri from Paris, Coldcut and a lot of others did their own thing with this controversial piece of art. Electronic psychedelia transformed to a modern age, but the original also still is worth listening to. Trance, drum 'n bass, techno all are styles which have arisen the last decade. But if you listen to Pierre Henry's musique concrete you will know that really there is nothing new under the sun. Some of the remixes stay very close to the original versions, some are completely different. In a whole this is a fantastic CD for modern people to discover the roots of electronic music. This is where Kraftwerk have found their thing."
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 01/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes getting into early electronic music can be a little offputting, if you're going via Cage or Stockhausen.
It is great music, but can be a little accidemic: "Here I chose to work with the frequencies of five ossolators using non-circular structures on five HH Scott Speakers, a Heathkit mono ampifier, and five syncronized General Electric Tape Decks. This will be a peice of 64% atonal elements, 15% tonic interval dissonenece, and 21% 12-tone rubricks.
Ok, sounds groovy. I'll get my honey, and we'll dance. Seriously, though. It can be more about testing the behavior of sound than a listening experiance.
Henry (on-ree) is not like this. His 1960s work is electronic, but throws sound collages of rock, martching music, avant-gaurd, really anything Henry wants into the stew.
There are some extremely creepy and gripping passages here, and the music can be chaotic--altough here, that is welcome. You get the sense hearing this that Henry was more interested in creating a psychadelic trip for the listener than studying wave forms on an occiliscope.
This also fantastic early use of stereo seperation, which is the same sound moving between two speakers, or, even better, darting through your headphoned head. If you want to know what progressions were made in recording in the 1960s, this is a great album to hear
And I'll bet I know who did hear this: Spooky Tooth, who enlisted Henre to make Ceremony.
Funky and Cool
Gary A. Wexler | Long Beach, New York United States | 04/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would give it 5 stars, but some of it is a bit long in the tooth and repetative. Gotta love the experimental sounds of the sixties transfused in there. I heard this on WNYU's New Afternoon Show two years ago and promptly bought it. My coworkers like it and want to hear it while we work!!! I heard another remix of Psyche Rock at a club (The Cooler) in Manhattan the other night and now I have to find out who did that one!"