Re: on Brussels (an excerpt) ... (FYI) [buildings for sound]


Subject: Re: on Brussels (an excerpt) ... (FYI) [buildings for sound]
From: Jim Harley (harleyja@mnstate.edu)
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 04:13:29 EDT


Katharine,
Thanks for that pointer. Interesting presentation, even if not
completely accurate (LeC never offered X money to keep his name off,
for example--he actually gave him credit for his part, soon after the
request, highly unusual for an architecture studio).
Just think, instead of Varese's Poeme Electronique, we could have had
something nice by Britten! The suits at Philips imagined a
surround-sound sort of thing, with nice orchestral music sweeping
through the pavilion.
There is some fascinating correspondence on this struggle re: Varese.
LeC made it a condition of his participation, repeatedly, that V be the
composer, point final. Xenakis, too, did his share of defending Varese.

Jim

On Sunday, June 6, 2004, at 01:39 AM, Katharine Norman wrote:

> I'd second that -and, in case it's not too late on this
> buildings/sound thread - here's a wonderful page by page scan of the
> brochure (or one of them) brought out on the Pavilion at the time.
> Can't remember where the person originally requesting this info was,
> but in the UK they have another similar brochure in the British
> Library, containing a long essay on the sound design etc by one I.
> Xenakis.
>
> http://home.hccnet.nl/a.meyer/philipspavilion58/toc.html
>
> Katharine
>
>
>
> On Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 09:18 PM, Jim Harley wrote:
>
>> This book by Marc Treib (with an interesting analysis of the Varese
>> piece by Richard Felciano) is extremely well researched and written.
>> I can recommend it highly.
>>
>> Jim Harley
>>
>>
>> On Thursday, June 3, 2004, at 08:00 PM, Kevin Austin wrote:
>>
>>> For those interested in the Philips Pavilion.
>>>
>>>
>>>> Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 10:26:19 +0200
>>>> From: Richard Felciano <felciano@cnmat.berkeley.edu>
>>>> Subject: architectural transitions
>>>
>>>> I am a Professor of Music & composer at UC Berkeley, and founder of
>>>> UC's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Architecture has
>>>> been a very strong auxiliary interest (not really a secondary one)
>>>> in my life and, with my architect colleague, Marc Treib, I
>>>> team-taught in UCB's School of Architecture for several years.
>>>
>>>> The result of that collaboration was writing of the musical
>>>> portions of a large tome dealing with what is perhaps the first
>>>> collaborative attempt between an architect and composer: the 1958
>>>> Philips Pavilion in Brussels. The book is titled Space Calculated
>>>> in Seconds: The Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier, Varèse, published
>>>> by the Princeton University Press.
>>>
>>>
>>>> Le Corbusier's name for the pavilion, for which he designed
>>>> projections on purposely curved walls (before pre-stressed
>>>> concrete!) was Le Poème Eléctronique, which remained as the name of
>>>> Varèse' electronic score (which played over 40 carefully located
>>>> speakers in the building's curved walls). It is the first major
>>>> work of electronic music and remains a masterpiece today.
>>>>
>>>> ...
>>>> Richard Felciano
>>>> Founder, Center for New Music & Audio Technologies (CNMAT)
>>>> UC Berkeley
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>> Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 19:23:33 +1000
>>>>> From: Derek Thompson
>>>>> Subject: Compositions / Sound Designs and entranceways
>>>>> Sender: owner-cec-conference@concordia.ca
>>>>> To: acma-l@list.waikato.ac.nz, cec-conference@concordia.ca,
>>>>> WFAE@sfu.edu.ca
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> All, (with apologies for cross-postings)
>>>>>
>>>>> As part of a Master's research, I'm looking for existing works -
>>>>> either historical or recent (current?) - that explicitly explore
>>>>> architectural space, especially transitional space (i.e. foyers /
>>>>> stairwells / entranceways / atriums...).
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm wanting to identify and document significant sound designs,
>>>>> compositions or installations that have exploited, expressed, or
>>>>> transformed space normally passed through with little regard for
>>>>> the
>>>>> acoustic or sonic properties.
>>>>>
>>>>> Alongside this I am recording, documenting and analysing a number
>>>>> of
>>>>> public spaces with the aim to return to a select few with spatially
>>>>> diffuse sound designs that integrate (or intentionally intervene)
>>>>> with the visual and physical architecural environment.
>>>>>
>>>>> Any thoughts - or suggestions of works - welcome!
>>>>> Please feel free to mail me off-list if you wish, and I will
>>>>> collate
>>>>> responses for a single posting.
>>>>>
>>>>> Many thanks,
>>>>>
>>>>> Derek
>>>>> SIAL Sound Studios
>>> www.sial.rmit.edu.au
>>>
>>>
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>> James Harley, Assistant Professor
>> Coordinator, Music Industry Program
>> 138, Center for the Arts
>> Minnesota State University Moorhead
>> 1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, MN 56563 (USA)
>> tel: (218) 477-2001; fax: (218) 477-4097
>> email: harleyja@mnstate.edu
>> URL: www.mnstate.edu/harley
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>>
>
>
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James Harley, Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Music Industry Program
138, Center for the Arts
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, MN 56563 (USA)
tel: (218) 477-2001; fax: (218) 477-4097
email: harleyja@mnstate.edu
URL: www.mnstate.edu/harley
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