Nov 2013 25

Electronic pioneer Bernard Parmegiani deadAvant-garde electo/acoustic composer Bernard Parmegiani reportedly died on November 21 at the age of 86. A key figure in musique concrete – a music collective assembled around Pierre Schaeffer – alongside the likes of Luc Ferrari and François Bayle, and renowned for his innovative tape-splice techniques, Parmegiani’s music helped to shape much of the recording and sampling methods at the heart of today’s technology and electronic musical styles, including IDM and early hip-hop. He has been cited as an influence on such acts as Autechre, Aphex Twin, Sonic Youth and Mike Patton, while electronic musicians Drew Daniel (of Matmos and Soft Pink Truth) and Laurel Halo have issues statements paying their respects.
Parmegiani’s last album of new material released was 2006’s Plain-Temps on INA-GRM, although much of his discography has been consistently reissued and anthologized.
While details are still scarce at this time, the news was reported by such publications as Spin Magazine, Wire, FACT, and The Drone. His death is confirmed by a brief statement on his website, “1927 – 2013.”


Bernard Parmegiani Website
INA-GRM Website
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