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Electroacoustic Music and Popular Culture Interacting: Aesthetic and musicological implications of GRM Experience by Christian Fennesz, Mika Vainio and Christian Zanési

Frédéric Dufeu

Frédéric Dufeu, Laboratoire Musique, Équipe d’Accueil EA 3208 – Arts : Pratiques et Poétiques
Université Rennes 2 – France


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Created in 2003 in Paris, GRM Experience is a work signed by three composers coming from different electronic-related musical horizons. Whereas both Christian Fennesz and Mika Vainio usually perform in popular spheres of diffusion – the former’s processing of instrumental sources by digital means being largely marked by the aesthetics of pop and rock music, the latter’s analogue methods inheriting from his experiments among the techno duo Pan Sonic – Christian Zanési’s art belongs to electroacoustic music as it has been produced in the Groupe de Recherches Musicales since 1977. By investigating the interactions between different compositional methods and aesthetic influences involved in the creation of a unique and coherent work, this contribution leads to further considerations on the musicology of technology-based activities from popular origins, which may benefit from the analytical tools dedicated to electroacoustic music.

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