Thursday, August 16, 2007

Edgard Varèse - Poème Électronique (1958)

Here is a Dutch short documentary about Edgard Varèse's electronic music piece 'Poème Électronique'. The Dutch-language titles, translated into English, read:

"The Electronic Poem

Philips has developed automated equipment, which heralds a new art with unlimited possibilities, which is the electronic interplay of light, color, image, word and music in space.

The 'electronic poem', put together by the architect Le Corbusier, his co-worker Yean Xenakis and the musician Edgard Varèse, shows how our increasingly mechanized society strives for a future new harmony.

The show consists of the following parts:
mind and matter
from darkness to dawn
gods created by human hands
how time forges civilization
to all mankind".

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