Published Nov 22, 2013The world of electronic music has lost a pioneering figure, as avant-garde French composer Bernard Parmegiani has died. He was 86.
Details of the circumstances surrounding his passing are scarce, and the cause of death is unknown, but it seems that he died earlier today (November 22).
Parmegiani became involved in electronic music early, working as a sound engineer in television and eventually becoming an associate of musique concrete innovator Pierre Schaeffer in the late '50s and serving as a key figure in the Groupe de Recherches Musicales collective. Parmegiani went on to record albums in the '60s and beyond, also composing for film, theatre and more. He continued to produce material late into his life.
Parmegiani has become accepted by many as an influential figure in electroacoustic music, and he has been honoured with various reissues and compilations in recent years. Editions Mego reissued his career highlight, 1975's De Natura Sonorum, earlier in 2013 via its Recollection Grm imprint. You can listen to that album below.