Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Edgar Varese & Le Corbusier "Poem Electronique"



Be patient cuz this groundbreaking film & sound is worth the wait. It was first presented at the 1958 Brussels Worlds Fair with 425 speakers placed throughout the famous Philips pavilion, the placement of the speakers and design of the building gave the spectators a feeling of being housed within a concrete, silver seashell. A giant model of the atom hung from the ceiling and the sound & imagery premiered to standing room only crowds and I can only imagine was a complete mind-blower to all who witnessed the spectacle. Varese is considered to be the "father of electronic music", Henry Miller described him as the "stratospheric colossus of sound." When Philips (Philips electronic company) approached Le Corbusier to design a building for the fair, Le Corbusier said, "I will not make a pavilion for you (Philips) but an Electronic Poem and a vessel containing the poem; light, color, image, rhythm and sound joined together in an organic synthesis." This was such an historic event that I can't even begin to touch on all the information so if you want to read further I thought this page
was pretty fulfilling or you can always google.
Edgard Varese: Composer, Sound Sculptor, Visionary (Biography of Varese)
Space Calculated in Seconds (a book about the Philips Pavillion)

2 comments:

jarred said...

Beautiful... just have to watch it over and over...... thanks A

Anonymous said...

yeah it's fuckin' awesome...very inspiring stuff...i wanna make a website that looks like that, with chimps & ancient greek artifacts fading in & out...
finn