another 'early demo' - Poème Electronique (1958)

category: general [glöplog]
Poème Electronique (beware, 85 megs) was made in 1958 by Le Corbusier, Yean Xenakis and the musician Edgar Várèse as a demonstration for the Phillips Pavilion. Phillips was busy making technology to show sound and visual and had this made to show off their power. It was shown with the 'music' playing on 425 speakers and the visuals were projected on severel different video screens.

translation of the text in the beginning:

"Philips has developed automatic equipment which allows a new art form with endless possibilities, namely the electronic combining of light, color, image, speech and music in a space.

The 'electronic poem' was made by Le Corbusier, his assistant Yean Xenakis and the musician Edgar Várèse, it shows how are growing mechanic civilization is aiming for a new harmony in the future.

The performance consists out of the following parts:

the creation

mind and matter

from darkness to dawn

gods made by man

the way time creats civilization


for all mankind"

keep in mind, this is made in 1958 and is considered ground breaking for the whole electronic music scene.

added on the 2005-05-29 01:52:29 by okkie okkie
goshdarnit! 'it show how OUR growing..' ofcourse :)
added on the 2005-05-29 01:53:59 by okkie okkie
<shifter> bet this would've been disqualified at breakpoint 1958

added on the 2005-05-29 02:00:07 by okkie okkie
Bah, many images blatantly stolen from other cultural groups. Thumbs down for ripping!
I wonder why people discover such things only after we're already preparing Freax for printing?
added on the 2005-05-29 02:37:52 by tomcat tomcat
Because life is just one big continuous discovery.
It's buggy, the copperbars ain't moving on my machine.
added on the 2005-05-29 02:47:45 by sparcus sparcus
and 'early slideshow' would be a better description btw :-)
added on the 2005-05-29 02:49:17 by sparcus sparcus
your computer just sucks. get a new graphics card.
added on the 2005-05-29 10:53:04 by Shifter Shifter
bot zeg die barbapapa-pindas!
6 simultaneous colors overscan !
a major release.
too bad it crashed on the orgas machine !
added on the 2005-05-29 13:38:23 by willbe willbe
added on the 2005-05-29 14:01:33 by lithis lithis
A bit long, and synchro could definitely have been better. Some of the parts feel a bit static and empty, and I think there's a bit too much recycling of effects. Still, not bad for a firstprod. Piggie it is.
added on the 2005-05-29 15:18:04 by Betong Betong
Too artsy farstsy for my taste, early demo for artstudents.
this sucks.
but still a good firstprod.
skip the artsy stuff and you'll get a thumb up next time.
added on the 2005-05-29 15:49:03 by bzz bzz
I was disappointed, I liked Emak Bakia a lot more. This was just precalculated 3d scenes and some pictures.
added on the 2005-05-29 15:51:53 by Preacher Preacher
homo rainbow
added on the 2005-05-29 16:10:55 by violator violator
not to be pedant or something, but it's Yannis Xenakis.

Greek architect, mathematician, musician, and a foundation of many concepts of contemporary music. (He was mostly involved in using statistics in music production, and is one of the first academic contemporary composers to have used dedicated dsp machines in his work)
added on the 2005-05-29 20:04:11 by _-_-__ _-_-__
Now known as something like "BlossomStates".
Or something.
added on the 2005-05-29 21:40:53 by willbe willbe
What a load of shit. Content-wise.
looks like somebody doesn't like art!

added on the 2005-05-30 02:52:47 by Shifter Shifter
I much prefer the works of avantgarde, experimental filmmaker Harry Smith from around the same time:

added on the 2005-05-30 09:55:14 by monroe monroe

Hey, I have poeme electronique from edgar varese on my MP3 usb Key for ages !!! actually this piece is like a library of the sounds you could do with electronic on the 1950's. Completely new at the time, now it is much seen as some kind of random composition to my mind. I advise you more likely to listen to "ionisation" from edgar varese, its previous piece. It is far more interesting: a research of harmony through chaos. It is the piece that decided frank zappa to become a musician.
added on the 2005-05-30 15:26:07 by krabob krabob
I realize it´s quite old, but for me it´s closer to ASS than it is to BASS.
added on the 2005-05-31 01:09:39 by Reboot Reboot