Michel Chion

Preludes a la Vie (Preludes to a Life)

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Chion began splicing together tape making musique concrete in France in the '70s. Chion's work probes the existential panic of those living under the threat of death. Preludes à la Vie (Preludes to a Life) combines pieces from 1972 to 1991 in two electronic operas. In "Le Prisonnier du Son (The Prisoner of Sound)," a single human voice tells the story of a lone character trapped in a world of manipulated sounds. The title piece is a series of technical exercises in the possibilities of musique concrete.

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