Ragnar Grippe electronic music from the 70's to 2020
By Ragnar Grippe
Composer Ragnar Grippe talks about his music in five episodes covering almost five decades with musical examples. Here you will hear electronic compositions from Paris and modern dance, film music and electronic pieces played in festivals and radio throughout the years. Ideas behind virtual acoustics, aesthetics in electronic music and how to break them. Classical references abruptly changed by an electronic blast, voices with vocoder and names like Broken Mind of Souls, Cold Numbers make for more than five hours of material hopefully keeping you interested and curiouswww.ragnargrippe.com
In this program I play excerpts from movies, multi media pieces and modern dance.
First you hear Gettin' Out from the Movie the Last Summer (1984), then from the film Jönssonligan (1981),modern dance Savannah Bay (1984), Kerstin Ståhl sings in the Room with words by Mark Strand (1986), Conversation 1985, Cinema (1983), Car Crash (1984) and IV Seasons Vivaldi (1989).
Gettin' Out, Jönssonligan, Savannah Bay, the Room, Conversation, Car Crash and Vivaldi all composed with the Synclavier.
Modern Dance and film were my main production areas during the 80's. Jönssonligan was a big success in Sweden where we had 4 sequels after the first premiered in 1981.
The dance challenged both the Synclavier and myself for new ideas, many of them later used in my electronic compositions.
Maybe the film music had me looking into much more melodic material, since the "pure"
electroacoustic music wouldn't be what the film directors would ask for. I'm happy I had this opportunity to broaden my view on music and how to compose.
A new sound, much due to the Synclavier with its FM sounds. Here we have dance, performance, film and vocal music. Conversation is commemorating Hiroshima where I was 1985, on the day 40 years after the atomic bomb. I will never forget that day.
Thanks for listening
Ragnar Grippe excerpts from Le Mécanicien Effréné 1984, Musique Douze 1976, Capriccio 1973, Chamber Music 1975, the Emperor 1979, symphonic Songs 1981, Sand 1977, Orchestra 1980 and Cold Numbers 2011.
Buchla synthesizer used on the Emperor, Symphonic Songs and Orchestra. The 70’s were times with either musique concrète or Buchla synthesizer, in the 80’s we’ll see the Synclavier reign for a decade, the DAW in the 90’s and plug-ins in the 00’s.Please note at the end of program Musique Douze is said to be composed in 2006, the real year is 1976.Sorry for this.
In the 70's I was in Paris, Chamber Music was composed using a cardboard over a speaker as filter and I found new ways to cut and splice the tape. Musique Douze used speakers over the audience when premiered at the Swedish Radio in 1976. Kejsaren (the Emperor) recorded on a 4 track Studer machine using the Buchla which had to be retuned all the time. Sand composed in Luc Ferrari's studio inspired by the paintings by Viswanadhan and then released by Shandar Records.
The 70's was also a lot of fine art, I had the honour of being commissioned for the bi-centennial at La Scala 1977, had my modern dance piece Vänthallen commissioned by the Royal Opera in Stockholm choreographed by Oscar Araiz. And the last years of the 70's opened the window to film music. Kejsaren or in english the Emperor was one of them.
Cold Numbers is certainly not the 70's, but why I've included this composition is because it's interesting to compare 2011 with the 70's. The same goes for Orchestra in the 80's and Le Mécanicien Effréné from the 90's.