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Composer Ragnar Grippe talks about his music in five episodes covering almost five decades with musical examples. Here you will hear electronic compositions from Paris and modern dance, film music and electronic pieces played in festivals and radio throughout the years. Ideas behind virtual acoustics, aesthetics in electronic music and how to break them. Classical references abruptly changed by an electronic blast, voices with vocoder and names like Broken Mind of Souls, Cold Numbers make for more than five hours of material hopefully keeping you interested and curious www.ragnargrippe.com

Ragnar Grippe electronic music from the 70's to 2020 Ragnar Grippe

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Composer Ragnar Grippe talks about his music in five episodes covering almost five decades with musical examples. Here you will hear electronic compositions from Paris and modern dance, film music and electronic pieces played in festivals and radio throughout the years. Ideas behind virtual acoustics, aesthetics in electronic music and how to break them. Classical references abruptly changed by an electronic blast, voices with vocoder and names like Broken Mind of Souls, Cold Numbers make for more than five hours of material hopefully keeping you interested and curious www.ragnargrippe.com

    Ragnar Grippe the 10's

    Ragnar Grippe the 10's

    In this program I talk about Cold Numbers from 2011, many of my pure electronic pieces intended for diffusion over many speakers at concerts with live diffusion over a mixing console, something quite different from 5.1 or bigger fixed installations.



    I talk about the virtual acoustics, double exposure in sound and a lot about my melodic pieces from this 10 year period. Songs like Night, Survive and Adagio. Confiture Times is also included with Confiture



    Thanks for your interest in this fifth decade

    Ragnar Grippe copyright©2020  Photo Anne Tham copyright©1977

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ragnar Grippe the 00's

    Ragnar Grippe the 00's

    In this program I will play music from the year 2000 to 2010

    We will listen to So Be It, Enigma Frame and Voix Insolites.

    Music from the Dance Piece Distant Land premiered in Athens at the Megaron Theatre 2001 to short movie Classmates. Ritorno II electroacoustic composition followed by Cantata Solaris from 2005 as well as same year composition the Jagged Edge. Then we go on with Sapphire Dreams which is dedicated to François Bayle. The Road from 2006 which is the first of my hand 5.1 composition is followed by Vox Altra. Napoli Down inspired by a TIME magazine article. The 8th Abstraction from 2009 and premiered at the New York Electronic Music Festival in 2010 is followed by Turtle Beach from the album No Dress Code which you can find on iTunes and other digital platforms.

    I will discuss certain aesthetic points of view about the work as well as give some more insight in the compositional process. Thank you for listening and for your interest.

    all rights reserved Grippe©2018 photo by Mathias Edwall©2007

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ragnar Grippe the 90's

    Ragnar Grippe the 90's

    In this program I play music from the 90's. Starting out with l'Arbre Egayé (1992), then from 1993 an excerpt from Suspended Choirs followed by 1994 Le MÈcanicien EffrÈnÈ (excerpt). From 1994 we listen to a portion of l'Archer Coupe l'Air en Deux , discuss  why and how I worked and now 1995 with an excerpt from La  Chambre d'une RÍve composed in Bourges. From 1996 we listen to Lux Aeterna with Madeleine Kristoffersson, then from the same year Shifting Spirits with voices from asylum seekers from many of the world's countries. From 1997 we listen to the opening to the feature movie Svensson Svensson and also a quirky piano variation on the theme to the movie. From 1998 we listen to Groupe de Recherches Musicales's commission to their 50th anniversary Grand Voyage sans Larmes (excerpt).

    From 1999 we hear Non Est Itaque from Signorum Amor (available on iTunes and major digital platforms) with Madeleine Kristoffersson and as the end approaches an excerpt from Random at Heart with Won't give you More with Elisabeth Berg.

    Please note that Shifting Spirits is also available on iTunes.

    Thanks for listening !  Soon there will be a program on the 00's. Stay tuned

    all rights reserved Grippe©copyright2020  photo Mattias Edwall©2013

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ragnar Grippe the 80's

    Ragnar Grippe the 80's

    In this program I play excerpts from movies, multi media pieces and modern dance.

    First you hear Gettin' Out from the Movie the Last Summer (1984), then from the film Jönssonligan (1981),modern dance Savannah Bay (1984), Kerstin Ståhl sings in  the Room with words by Mark Strand (1986), Conversation 1985, Cinema (1983), Car Crash (1984) and IV Seasons  Vivaldi (1989).

    Gettin' Out, Jönssonligan, Savannah Bay, the Room, Conversation, Car Crash and Vivaldi all composed with the Synclavier.

    Modern Dance and film were  my main production areas during the 80's. Jönssonligan was  a big success in Sweden where we had 4 sequels after the first premiered in 1981.

    The dance challenged both the Synclavier and myself for new ideas, many of them later used in my electronic compositions.

    Maybe the film music had me looking into much more melodic material, since the "pure"

    electroacoustic music wouldn't be what the film directors would ask for. I'm happy I had this opportunity to broaden my view on music and how to compose.

    A new sound, much due to the Synclavier with its FM sounds. Here we have dance,  performance, film and vocal music.  Conversation is commemorating Hiroshima where I was  1985, on the day 40 years after the atomic bomb. I will never forget that day.

    Thanks for listening

    Ragnar Grippe

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ragnar Grippe the 70's

    Ragnar Grippe the 70's

    Ragnar Grippe excerpts from Le Mécanicien Effréné 1984, Musique Douze 1976, Capriccio 1973, Chamber Music 1975, the Emperor 1979, symphonic Songs 1981, Sand 1977, Orchestra 1980 and Cold Numbers 2011.

    Buchla synthesizer used on the Emperor, Symphonic Songs and Orchestra. The 70’s were times with either musique concrète or Buchla synthesizer, in the 80’s we’ll see the Synclavier reign for a decade, the DAW in the 90’s and plug-ins in the 00’s.Please note at the end of program Musique Douze is said to be composed in 2006, the real year is 1976.Sorry for this.

    In the 70's I was in Paris, Chamber Music was composed using a cardboard over a speaker as filter and I found new ways to cut and splice the tape. Musique Douze used speakers over the audience when premiered at the Swedish Radio in 1976. Kejsaren (the Emperor)  recorded on a 4 track Studer machine using the Buchla  which had to be retuned all the time. Sand composed in Luc Ferrari's studio inspired by the paintings by Viswanadhan and then released by Shandar Records.

    The 70's was also a lot of fine art, I had the honour of being commissioned for the bi-centennial at La Scala 1977, had my modern dance piece Vänthallen commissioned by the Royal Opera in Stockholm choreographed by Oscar Araiz. And the last years of the 70's opened the window to film music. Kejsaren or in english the Emperor was one of them.

    Cold Numbers is certainly not the 70's, but why I've included this composition is because it's interesting to compare 2011 with the 70's. The same goes for Orchestra in the 80's and Le Mécanicien Effréné from the 90's.

    • 50 min

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