3 LP box / 3 CD box – Metaphon 002 – 2010
Previously unreleased recordings by this highly underrated Belgian electronic music pioneer. A selection of concrete, electronic and experimental instrumental works spanning over a period of 40 years.
Hardboard linen LP box contains 3 LP’s and a 20 page booklet with extensive background, notes (in Dutch, French and English) and photos from A.S.
Edition of 200 copies.
Hardboard linen CD box contains 3 CD’s and a 40 page booklet with extensive background, notes (in Dutch, French and English) and photos from A.S.
Edition of 300 copies.
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Arsène Souffriau (born Brussels 1926) is a cornerstone of the first generation of Belgian electronic and experimental music composers along with Henri Pousseur, Louis De Meester and Leo Küpper.
His professional music career started at young age and stretches out over many branches working as a conductor, composer, sound editor, composer of functional and masonic music. Since the early 60’s Souffriau also has independently been working in his home studio BIMES, focusing on concrete, electronic and experimental instrumental music. He got some appreciation among the larger public for his contribution of electronic sounds to the ‘Free Electronic Pop Concept’ LP, a 1969 psychedelic pop album around the brothers Jess & James. Despite decades of dedicated work with over 500 compositions his music remained quite unnoticed.
The pieces on this release, mostly recorded at his BIMES studio over a period of almost 40 years expose the wide spectrum of his experimental and electronic work throughout time starting with the primitive concrete tape music from the early 60’s, going through his period of (group) improvisation (Groupe Fusion) with analogue (and live) electronics towards the digital techniques in the 80’s and 90’s using MIDI and computer.
Listen to soundfiles:
Un Monde en Création
Incantation Opus 291
Trois Etudes pour Maldoror Opus 142
Rosa Kama Opus 361