Denis Smalley – Névé (GMEM, 1994)


Denis Smalley
Névé

CD GMEM / Effect Input EI 03 (France, 1994)

01. Névé
02. Corrie
03. Sandar

FR Névé est inspiré d’une marche sur le Fox Glacier de Nouvelle Zélande et utilise des formes et des images relatives au glacier. Cependant, les matériaux sonores suggèrent aussi leurs propres développement, appartenance et opposition. Ce travail est la suite de Valley Flow, composé en 1992, également influencé par des images et des matériaux environnementaux. Névé est une commande du Gmem dont les principales transformations sonores ont été réalisées dans ses studios en avril 1993.
ENG Musique concrete around a glacier in New Zealand. Smalley was born 1946 in Nelson, New Zealand. He learned piano and organ at a young age. In his home country, he premiered works for organ by Olivier Messiaen and György Ligeti in the late ’60s. He taught music at Wellington College for three years before the French Government awarded him a grant in 1971. He studied in Messiaen’s composition class for a year at the Conservatoire de Paris, but he also took the electro-acoustic music course dispensed at the time by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM). Musique concrète was a revelation to him and he quickly turned away from performance and classical composition to concentrate solely on tape music. (GMEM)

Denis Smalley is a composer specialising in electroacoustic music. He was born in New Zealand, and completed music degrees at the University of Canterbury and the Victoria University of Wellington (MusB, and BMus honours). In 1971-2 he studied with Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire, and took the course in electroacoustic composition with the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, completing the Diplôme de Musique Electroacoustique et de Recherche Musicale (Paris Conservatoire).
He then moved to England, living initially in York where he completed a doctorate in composition at the University of York. In 1976 he was appointed Lecturer in Music at the University University of East Anglia, and as Senior Lecturer became Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studio. He has been Professor of Music at City University, London, since 1994.
Denis Smalley’s works have been widely acclaimed, winning a number of international awards including the Prix Ars Electronica in 1988. He has made original contributions to thinking about electroacoustic music, in particular his investigations into the listener’s perception of electroacoustic music, and his development of the notion of spectromorphology (the shaping of sound spectra through time). His most recent major writing has been concerned with the spatial image.
Three solo CDs of his music are available: Valley Flow, Piano Nets, Clarinet Threads, Wind Chimes, and Darkness After Time’s Colours on the Empreintes Digitales label (Canada); Névé on Effects Input (Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Marseille); and Base Metals, Empty Vessels, Tides and Pentes on Empreintes Digitales.
(City University London)

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