Bernard Parmegiani

Bernard Parmegiani

Bernard Parmegiani (born in Paris, France, 27 October 1927; died 22 November 2013) was a composer best known for his electronic or acousmatic music.
He started off as a sound engineer for French television (ORTF, later known as RTF). Originally an actor during the four years studies at Lecoq & Decroux school, he joined the "Groupe de recherches musicales" (GRM) in 1959 for a two years master class. His first major work (Violostries) was composed in 1962 for a choregraphy performed for Théâtre Contemporain d’Amiens directed by Jacques-Albert Cartier.

Pierre Schaeffer gave him the direction of the Musique-Image departement at ORTF. During that period he composed for numerous film directors, such as R. Lapoujade, P. Foldès, P. Kamler, V. Borowczyck, P. Kast, J. Baratier or P. Kassovitz. He furthermore extended his musical researches into the field of video-art after a journey through the U.S.A. He directed three musical videos when he returned: L’Œil écoute (1973), Jeux d’artifices (1979) for the research departement of ORTF, and L’Écran transparent (1973) in Köln (Germany) during his residency at West Deutscher Rundfunk (WDR).

His interests also expanded to live performance: in the seventies he interacted with jazz artists for improv sessions with french jazz fellows J.-L. Chautemps, B. Vitet or M. Portal, and went to London to perform live with The Third Ear Band.

He created numerous jingles & soundbites for public radio stations (France-Culture or France-Musique), public television service (Antenne 2) and the Aéroport de Roissy.

During his entire career he also composed music for stage (dance & theater), screen and other media (radio & television alike). But he remains focused on electroacoustic music (or acousmatic music as defined by GRM long-time director François Bayle) conceived to be played back for the best rendition on the acousmonium broadcasting system developed by the "Groupe de recherches musicales" (GRM).
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Bernard Parmegiani Discography


836 889 DSY Bernard Parmegiani Violostries / Bidule En Ré / Capture Éphémère(LP) Philips 836 889 DSY France 1969 Sell This Version
6521 025 Bernard Parmegiani Chronos(LP) Philips 6521 025 France 1971 Sell This Version
2C 065 11690 Arlette Sibon-Simonovitch Avec Le Concours De Sylvio Gualda : Parmegiani*, Mestres-Quadreny* Arlette Sibon-Simonovitch Avec Le Concours De Sylvio Gualda : Parmegiani*, Mestres-Quadreny* - Espaces Sonores No. 1(LP) Pathé Marconi EMI 2C 065 11690 France 1972 Sell This Version
PSI-X 20705 Bernard Parmegiani Chants Magnétiques (Album) PSI PSI-X 20705 France 1974 Sell This Version
AM 714.01 Bernard Parmegiani De Natura Sonorum (Album) INA-GRM AM 714.01 France 1976 Sell This Version
9102 PA, N. 9102 PA Bernard Parmegiani Dedans Dehors (Album) INA-GRM, INA-GRM 9102 PA, N. 9102 PA France 1979 Sell This Version
INA C 1002 Parmegiani* La Création Du Monde (Album) INA-GRM INA C 1002 France 1986 Sell This Version
none Bernard Parmegiani La Serpente(CDr, Album, Ltd) Médias Et Médias none France 1994 Sell This Version
MGCB 0795, 245372 Parmegiani* / Bayle* Parmegiani* / Bayle* - Divine Comédie(2xCD) Magison, Musidisc MGCB 0795, 245372 France 1995 Sell This Version
PV 725002 Bernard Parmegiani L'Œil Écoute (Album) Agon PV 725002 France 1997 Sell This Version
PL 08 Bernard Parmegiani Pop'eclectic (Album) Plate Lunch PL 08 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
ina c 2019 Parmegiani* La Mémoire Des Sons(CD) INA-GRM ina c 2019 France 2002 Sell This Version
ina e 5203 Parmegiani* Sonare(CD, MiniAlbum) INA-GRM ina e 5203 France 2002 Sell This Version
ina c 2027 Parmegiani* Plain-Temps(CD) INA-GRM ina c 2027 France 2006 Sell This Version
SYN 003 Bernard Parmegiani / Philip Samartzis Bernard Parmegiani / Philip Samartzis - Immersion(LP) Synaesthesia SYN 003 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW008 Bernard Parmegiani La Brûlure De Mille Soleils(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW008 Switzerland 2016 Sell This Version
WRWTFWW009 Bernard Parmegiani Les Soleils De L'Ile De Pâques(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records WRWTFWW009 Switzerland 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MS/PAR Bernard Parmegiani Le Socrate(7", EP) Le Kiosque D'Orphée MS/PAR France 1969 Sell This Version


INA C 1012 1013 Parmegiani* Violostries / Pour En Finir Avec Le Pouvoir D'Orphée / Dedans-Dehors / Rouge-Mort / Exercisme 3 / Le Présent Composé (Comp) INA-GRM INA C 1012 1013 France 1992 Sell This Version
CEZ 4021, CMG #10 Parmegiani* Questions De Temps(CD, Comp) Cezame, Cabinet De Musique Généraliste CEZ 4021, CMG #10 France 2001 Sell This Version
Ina G 6000/11 Bernard Parmegiani L'Œuvre Musicale En 12 CD(12xCD, Comp + Box) INA-GRM, Musique Française d'Aujourd'hui Ina G 6000/11 France 2008 Sell This Version
REGRM 003 Bernard Parmegiani L'Œil Écoute / Dedans-Dehors(LP, Comp) Recollection GRM, Editions Mego REGRM 003 Austria 2012 Sell This Version