Monday, April 30, 2007

Poème électronique

A multimedia display called Poême électronique was hosted in Philips Pavilion at the1958 Brussels World's Fair. It was a strangely beautiful synthesis of film, music and architecture.

Music from Edgard Varèse, Father of Electronic Music Pavilion designed by Iannis Xenakis, a Greek composer and architect Images by Le Corbusier

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 Xenakis' concept and geometry designed the World's Fair exhibition space adhering to mathematical functions. Edgard Varèse composed 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. Among other elements for «Poème électronique» he used machine noises, transported piano chords, filtered choir and solo voices, and synthetic tone colorings. (Source: Media Art Net)

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