Requiem Michel Chion

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Le Monde de la Musique 4

Répertoire 9

… Chion’s work is probes the existential panic of those living under the threat of death. Outsight, USA

It’s French, it’s acousmatic… what more could you ask for? Splendid E-Zine, USA

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Requiem

Michel Chion

  • CD 2.0
    IMED 9312
    Out of print

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Preface

The wild evolution of our societies forces all of us to re-examine our abilities and to develop our faculty to adapt, unlike anything preceding generations have had to deal with. In this respect, Michel Chion is fully armed to face this day and age, with as much versatility (historical chronicler, essayist, biographer, musicologist, filmmaker, composer) as know-how (writer of stature, experienced speaker, outstanding musician).

But present times are also the crucible of disillusions, the levelling of ideas, and the obsolescence of ideologies. By becoming committed to new forms of communication and by passionately taking a stand for the music of “fixed sounds,” Michel Chion carries on a tradition that now belongs to the past, where the debating of ideas expressed something other than the helplessness of politicians or the distress of the man in the street.

But it is precisely through this close chemistry, this merging of standpoints that are generally mutually exclusive that Michel Chion is perhaps presenting us with a path to explore, a “future with a future.”

François Guérin, Montréal [x-93]

Requiem, the Disc

The three works gathered on this album were composed at different times and with distinct aims — although the Requiem and Nuit noire (Black Night) do exhibit common elements. Nevertheless, they can be listened to as a single program made up of three complementary parts, in which time first appears as solemn and ritualized (the Requiem), then maximally contracted (Variations), to finally become more and more still and floating, in an attempt to lead the listener to the edge of his night.

Michel Chion, Paris (France) [x-93]

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