Pierre Henry obituary | Musique Non Stop


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pierre Henry obituary

Composer whose inventive work in the musique concrète genre saw him hailed as the grandfather of techno

Pierre Henry, who has died aged 89, was a key figure in the 1950s glory days of electroacoustic music, a term he may have invented. The tape recorder, newly developed at that time, opened the way to composing with any sound that could be recorded and thereafter transformed. It also changed the way composers could work, no longer creating music for others to perform but testing possibilities as they went and producing a finished composition within their own studios. The result was an art as different from concert music as film is from stage drama, and Henry took to it immediately.

Though he had a full classical training as a musician, he devoted himself wholeheartedly to electroacoustic work through a creative life of six and a half decades. He also realised that this new art needed new means of presentation: radio, albums (he released dozens) and public events.

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