Saturday, 23 May 2015

Prospective 21e Siècle

The miraculous image of sound” as John Balance might have said… I’m leafing thru discogs’ page dedicated to the Philips experimental electronic series Prospective 21e Siècle which launched in 1967 to showcase the emerging electronic, experimental music scene. The series was a perfect symbiosis of design and music – the work of composers like Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Henry, as well as wellsprings of avant-garde music around the world, came packaged in the distinctive Prospective style, all abstract metallic-looking patterns and textures. Given the niche audience and the elaborate sleeve designs, Prospective issues were pressed in limited amounts, which makes the series incredibly collectible nowadays. More info here

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