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Messe pour le Temps Présent (1967) - Pierre Henry, Pierre Colombier [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Psyche RockFrench composer Pierre Henry was born in Paris in 1927. In 1967, along with Michel Colombier, he composed a piece titled 'Messe Pour Le Temps Présent' for a ballet by Maurice Bejart. Henry commissioned Colombier "to recreate the sound textures and violent atmosphere of certain American films." The result, a combination of Colombier's psychedelic rock influences and Henry's additional off-the-wall electronic effects, has achieved legendary status and has been sampled heavily in recent years. In 1997 the French label Philips Music Group released remixes of pieces from 'Messe Pour Le Temps Présent' as a double CD album and as a 12" / CD single ('Psyché Rock'), with remixes by the likes of Fatboy Slim, William Orbit and Coldcut. Unfortunately Pierre Henry was less than impressed by these modern renditions of his classics and refuses "to be associated with the remixes".
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