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date: 22 August 2019

Barrière, Françoiselocked

  • Pierre Saby

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(b Paris, June 12, 1944). French composer. She studied the piano at the Versailles Conservatoire and composition at the Paris Conservatoire; she also studied at the Service de la Recherche of the ORTF and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (ethnomusicology). She is committed to the development and dissemination of electroacoustic music, and to discussion of this music and its place in contemporary artistic creation. In 1970 she founded with Christian Clozier the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges (GMEB), which is known for its creation of electroacoustic instruments for broadcasting or performance (‘Gmebaphone’), and for beginners (‘Gmebogosse’). Her works have been played widely and broadcast since 1970, when her Ode à la terre marine for tape was composed. Barrière writes for both electroacoustic and mixed media. Her music combines technological development, as for example the mixing techniques of Aujourd-hui (1975), which are placed at the service of the compositional process, with a deep humanity, evident in the personal reminiscences of ...

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