Edgar Varese | the artist




The artist Edgar Varese
Born 1883, French.
Died 1965 New York, USA.

Style and technique of the artist: Art and Electronic media,


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Edgar Varese
Despite his output of only slightly more than a dozen compositions, Edgard Varese is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. His concept of “organized sound” led to many experiments in form and texture. He was constantly on the lookout for new sound sources (working throughout his life with engineers, scientists and instrument builders), and was one of the first to extensively explore percussion, electronics, and taped sounds. He was, as Henry Miller called him, “The stratospheric Colossus of Sound…”

Edgar Varese
In his conversations, he would talk about poetic implications, a kind of music that would emerge out of realizing the natural attributes of sound. Subsequently, he became more and more disillusioned with the environment in the studio. He had to deal with the scientists and engineers there at Eindhovin and they were very difficult…

Edgar Varese
et aspect de son œuvre se renforce en 1931 avec “Ionisations” : première œuvre occidentale pour percussion seule, écrite pour trente-sept instruments, cette fois-ci l’intrumentarium inclut : sirène, enclume et un tambour à corde pour simuler le rugissement du lion… (Frensh)

Edgar Varese
Edgard Varese: The Idol of My Youth, by Frank Zappa

Edgar Varese
‘Poème électronique’ is the first, electronic-spatial environment to combine architecture, film, light and music to a total experience made to functions in time and space. Under the direction of Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenaki’s concept and geometry designed the World’s Fair exhibition space adhering to mathematical functions. Edgard Varèse composed the both concrete and vocal music which enhanced dynamic, light and image projections conceived by Le Corbusier. Varèse’s work had always sought the abstract and, in part, visually inspired concepts of form and spatial movements…



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