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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pierre Henry - "Variations For a Door and a Sigh" Vinyl, LP, Album, 1967 (Philips)


On one level, probably the most 'difficult' album in my collection.  On the other hand, it's everyday life as being interpreted by the great Pierre Henry.    From awakening to death.  All is exposed on this concept album of life being lived on a physical level.  Musique concrète all, or mostly through what sounds like a door being open and closing.  

Musique Concrète is a style of music that I find interesting because it's based on the everyday sounds of a composer who captures that moment and rearranges the sounds for their purpose.  Through either tape manipulations or some other electronic means, it is giving the natural or organic sound another dimension.   "Variations For a Door and a Sigh" is not for everyone, but for those who want to dwell into the inner-world, I recommend this album. And it may be just me, but I find it sexy.  As the statement on the back cover of this album: "This recording should be played at full volume, and listened to in darkness."  Which is an excellent recommendation.