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Album Review

One of the originators of musique concrète gets his material remixed by some late-'90s inheritors of his experimentation. Among the cast are contributions from Coldcut, DJ Vadim, William Orbit, Fatboy Slim, and Funki Porcini, all of whom rework Henry compositions into what is an obviously more danceable context. Despite Henry's many statements about the new electronica as little more than a new generation of pop music, the collisions work surprisingly well (though far more for fans of the remixers than of Henry's work).


Born: 09 December 1927 in Paris, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The celebrated French composer Pierre Henry was among the pivotal forces behind the development of musique concrète, becoming the first formally educated musician to devote his energies to the electronic medium. Born in Paris on December 9, 1927, he began training at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten, studying piano under Nadia Boulanger and percussion under Felix Passerone while also attending the classes of Olivier Messiaen. Still, Henry had little regard for traditional musical instruments,...
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