Edgard Varese and Le Corbusier – Together Again!

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February 25, 2012 by Admin

If you’ve never seen the remarkable short film that the architect and sometime filmmaker Le Corbusier created for Edgard Varese’s pioneering 1958 composition Poeme Electronique (the score of which can be seen above), here it is:

Ubu.com has this description of the piece, “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.”


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