Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eliane Radigue - Kyema, Intermediate States

Experimental Intermedia, 1990

"Radigue became a disciple of Tibetan Buddhism in 1975. 'Kyema', a piece for synthesizer, is a Tibetan term expressing the emotional state of surprise tinted with sorrow. This piece explores electronically the full range of existence, going beyond death and back into the exuberance of physical life, expanding the musical consciousness of the uninitiated, leading one in a cyclical voyage through myriads of tones, drones, and warbles where the end is only the beginning." - forced exposure

Pure synthesizer work exploring themes of Vajrayana from a precise minimal musical perspective. More going on here than anything La Monte Young/Riley/etc., in my opinion. Radigue was/is a luminous genius.