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Éliane Radigue

Éliane Radigue: The Electronic Works 15

L’Île re-sonante (2000)

L’Île re-sonante (2000)

“L'Île re-sonante” plays with associations to an echoing isolated object. With the introduction of soprano vocals and organ sounds into the musical texture, the work also represents a return to analogue sound sources. It is Radigue's last work with the ARP 2500 synthesizer.

Rotary knobs of an ARP synthesizer

“Éliane Radigue – Échos”. A film by Éleonore Huisse and François Bonnet, F 2021, film still

© Éleonore Huisse, François Bonnet

Past Dates

To celebrate the French music pioneer Éliane Radigue’s 90th birthday, MaerzMusik presents her entire electronic music oeuvre for the first time live. A series of seventeen concerts performed under the sound direction of François Bonnet, aka Kassel Jaeger, spreads across the entire festival. Set in the unique acousmatic environment of the Zeiss-Großplanetarium, this homage attempts to give full access to the enchanting depth of Radigue’s music for loudspeakers created between 1970 and 2000.

“Éliane Radigue was born on January 24th, 1932 in Paris, where she still lives and works today. From her Parisian childhood she will keep the memory of a secret initiation into music, mediated by a prudent piano teacher. Then she will continue with the harp, with singing and composition. But it is through the contact with ‘musique concrète’, alongside Pierre Schaeffer and later Pierre Henry, that Radigue’s music will find its genuine path.
Over more than 50 years there will be three distinct periods, each of them marking a rupture while evoking in its own way an inspired exploration of thresholds, of spaces opening up in intervals, and of a dialogue between listening experience and inner experience, personal history and sensible memory. The first period (1968–1971) is that of work on feedbacks and re-injections, an embryonic phase already signalling extreme preciseness as well as work on thresholds and threatened equilibriums. The second period that of maturity, and spanning thirty years (1971–2001), is characterised by a fruitful production of electronic compositions, indelibly linking her music to the unique beats of the ARP 2500 synthesizer. This period also initiates the elaboration of long forms with subtle variations that blossom and resonate between the story carried by the music and the test of time necessary for its unfolding. The third period, still ongoing, is that of her acoustic works created in close collaboration with musician-accomplices coming from all horizons, bringing an additional relational dimension to a music, which until then had been constructed solitarily. Throughout her life, Éliane Radigue has developed a candid, demanding and inspiring body of work which today influences a whole new generation of musicians.” (François Bonnet)

“A project born in November 1998, for the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) in Berkeley and its director David Wessel.
First, ‘L’Île Sonante’ – Sounding Island – in reference to … But also a title that seemed so appropriate to the place, clinging to the hillside to which a footbridge gives access. Michel Chion had kindly authorised me to co-use this title. I thank him for that.
Then it became ‘Re-sonante’ of course, in the course of elaboration, a re-turn to the analogical sound sources, after a long and totally failed attempt of conversion to MIDI and other digital modes.
Thanks to Gérard Pape for proposing the rehabilitation of the Serge Modular, and David Jisse for welcoming it into his studio. The hours spent with the Serge, this magnificent instrument, took me back a few decades, to the time of my discovery of the ARP. I was thus able to try to combine the qualities of these two instruments, among the best of this generation, their age being approximately the same …
‘Re-sonante’ is also the conception of this piece, a very classical construction, in which the first part would be reflected in the central part, which would be like the mirror of a lake, from which the third part would emerge – both from its depths and from its reflection.” (Éliane Radigue)


Éliane Radigue
L’Île re-sonante (2000)
Music for loudspeakers / ARP 2500 synthesizer and Serge Modular, 55 min 4 sec

Created in November 1998 for the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies CNMAT in Berkeley, California.
Composed and mixed between 1998 and 2000 at Éliane Radigue’s studio in Paris.
Assistant: Brian O’Reilly
Digital mastering: Lionel Marchetti
Sound Mix: CCMIX


François J. Bonnet sound direction