ÉLIANE RADIGUE’S OCCAM OCEAN feat.
The great electronic music pioneer, Éliane Radigue, does nothing half-heartedly. After decades of making music with synthesizers, in 2004, she began composing for acoustic instruments. Since 2011, she has devoted herself entirely to OCCAM OCEAN, a cycle of works in constant evolution. This essential and subtly powerful music consists of solos made in close collaboration with carefully chosen musicians. Later, the solos are grouped into duos, trios, quintets, etc. These stunning pieces are a natural extension of her electronic works, demonstrating her understanding the emotional impact of calm extended sounds. She offers her listeners a rare experience, a form of indescribable magic, a waking dream.
"The idea for this piece was initially inspired by a large mural that I saw by chance in 1973, at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles. It showed the “spectrum of electromagnetic waves” moving from the largest to the smallest of known measurable wavelengths. Out of this large spectrum, there is a tiny zone from slightly less than 100 Hz to slightly more than 10 KHz that the ears of certain species populating the planet earth, have transformed into “sounds”.
Later, I discovered interesting parallels with several of my reflections on William of Ockham and his famous treatise “Ockham’s Razor”. Expressed most succinctly in his own words, “The simplest, the best”, it has been adapted and used by numerous artist/creators.
Last, came the distant recollection of a science fiction story I had read about the existence of a mythical ocean. Only the title remained etched in my memory, “Occam’s Razor”, which explains the origin of the spelling I chose. It seems in fact that the Ocean with its multiple waves allows us to symbolically be in contact with a rather large spectrum of vibrating undulations, stretching from great deep-sea swells to wavelets sparkling on a fine summer day. This explains the overall “structure” of the project.
The work mode is based on an individual “image” illustrated and evoked within each solo. Each musician is guided by his or her personal “image”. This provides the essential, letting descriptive words and evocations establish a system of communication as the piece is being elaborated, and through this intuitive-instinctive process, we are guided to the very essence of music."
THE LATEST PIECES FROM ELIANE RADIGUE’S OCCAM OCEAN:
Eliane Radigue et Carol Robinson
OCCAM DELTA XVIII (2018)