Les Yper-Sound – Psyché Rock

• “Psyché Rock” set to a picture of the housing EP cover. Thanks to nightsbefore.

8.4 “Fantastic Cerebral Pop from France”

Another from “Fabriqué en France; 130 Chansons”, a playlist containing 130 choice cuts celebrating the French alternative music scene.

Les Yper-Sound was a one-off collaboration between Pierre Henry (b. 1927) a French composer, considered a pioneer of the musique concrète genre of electronic music and Michel Colombier (1939 – 2004) a French composer, songwriter, arranger, and conductor who wrote the scores of several motion pictures, ballets and TV productions.

The two wrote the music for “Messe Pour Le Temps Present Present”, a contemporary ballet created by choreographer Maurice Béjart in 1967 which was considered to be a spectacular production at that time. “Psyché Rock” was the second track on the album and was also released on their “Too Fortiche / Psyché Rock” EP (Fontana 460 233 ME) issued in the same year, 1967.

Although more of a space pop creation than an a deeply serious example of musique concrete, it was very well received and thought of by many as “the sound of the future”. It’s worth remembering that Pierre Henry was 7 years already in electronica, having set up his own private studio equipped with cutting edge technology as early as 1960.

Composer Christopher Tyng was heavily inspired by “Psyché Rock” when writing the theme to the popular animated cartoon show Futurama, so much so that his theme is generally thought of as a straight adaption rather than an altogether new work.

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