educating myself about sonic inventors oft overlooked in the telling of 20thC music's evolution & beyond >>>
* b. 1932 in Paris
* studied piano
* became a student/assistant of/to Pierre Schaeffer in 1950s
* she wished to explore electronic soundworlds away from 12-tone serialism/musique concrète
* composed with tape feedback & slow composite contents of sounds
* used mainly the ARP2500
"I could change the sound from the inside. To explain it visually, you could imagine a mountain turning into a cup, but so slowly from one state to another; it takes time by nature."¹
* studied Tibetan Buddhism for three years (late 70s)
* she created pieces in honour of Milarepa (Songs of Milarepa & Jetsun Mila)
* since 2000 - creating works for acoustic instruments
* concerned with harmonics - less focus on the fundamental pitch as what it exposes within itself
“Things that always fascinated me in classical music are when the ear experiments with uncertainty […] when analysing my work, musically speaking, these moments when it is absolutely impossible to give the ear a real tonal or modal reference can be found in most of it.”²
Kyema (Intermediate States) is from 1988 & is the first part of the Trilogie de la Mort.
It is based on the Bardo Thodol & the cycle of life-death through six stages of consciousness.