Edgar Varese? He later changed it to Edgard. He was a composer born in 1883. His compositions were music concrete and modern. I got this record for his work Ionisation. This particular piece had a heavy influence on Frank Zappa; you’ll understand, if you listen to it.
Music concrete is found or natural sounds. A lot of people would call it noise. Ionisation requires 13 musicians and 37 percussion instruments: 2 sirens, two tam tams, a gong, crash cymbals, bass drum, bongos, snare drums, güiros, slap sticks, Chinese blocks, claves, triangle, maracas, sleigh bells, castanets, tambourine, anvils, chimes, celesta, and piano. You have to understand that he was this French guy who moved to New York. The piece is very reminiscent of the sounds of a city. Also, a lot of hipsters listen to Edgar’s music and have no idea what they are listening to but it seems cool to do it.
I once met a guy who hooked a microphone up to a fork and recorded the sound of that scratching a cat for his noise music. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that this is called music concrete and his ideas are about 80 years old.
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