Eliane Radique – Electronic Music Composer

To listen to Eliane Radique’s piece Kyema; 1998 click on the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnbGirPTgF0&feature=fvwrel

Eliane Radique - Electronic Music Composer. b.1932

The work of Eliane Radique is very influential to my arts practice.

Up until a couple of months ago, working in my studio meant working in absolute silence. However, I was recently introduced to the electronic sounds of Eliane Radique and have since opened up my practice to allow these sounds to resonate through me and therefore my work.

Elaine Radique’s work is deeply related to meditation and as a practicing devotee – she makes work that relates to hours of meditation practice and altered states of consciousness. As a visual artist and meditator, I feel it offers me some rare rewards and benefits that I have received and am yet to receive.

Her sounds have been described by ‘Pascal Wyse’ of the Guardian as ‘a tectonic plate of sound that evolves so slowly it seems to move and stay still at the same time’.

It is also interesting to listen to how Eliane Radique describes how she found the ‘tiny little field ¬†of sound and I just dug under its skin’. These words are particularly inspiring to me as I am in search of the ‘other’ – the subtle awareness of the mind in relation to the body and how we can begin to grow from a deeper place that lies below the surface of the skin.

Eliane talks of discovering ‘small cells of sound getting slower and slower, stretched out across time and revealing their microscopic innards’. This description relates closely to my interest in discovering and interpreting the microscopic functions of the kidney as a way of understanding the self from this microscopic scale – the fundamental workings of the body – in relation to the fundamental workings of sound as Eliane describes.

Eliane describes sound as changing state and form – from one to another but also reminds us that this takes time – little by little – subtler and subtler. This slow evolving relates directly to meditation practice and the slow and subtle states of the mind as it evolves and changes with time and practice and deepening with awareness.

Another interesting aspect to Eliane’s practice is her solitary nature of composing; her dedication to Buddhism and its hours of private meditation – I feel I am working more and more towards this practice of awakening through creativity – spending increasingly more hours in solitude in my studio, working in half-light, with the sounds of Eliane being absorbed under my skin and allowing the process and practice of being present to emerge in what I do.

To read a review of Eliane Radique’s work by Pascal Wyse from the Guardian click on the link below:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jun/16/eliane-radigue-electronic-music-interview 

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