RIP Octavian Nemescu 

Source: The Wire.

Involvement with environmental music was part of a broader position that aligned Nemescu with Romania’s nascent spectralist movement. Along with Horațiu Rădulescu, Ana-Maria Avram, Iancu Dumitrescu and Corneliu Cezar he became a pivotal, transformative figure. The parameters of music were being rethought. Timbre, density, colour, intensity and texture took on fresh significance as spectral composition probed the inner life of sound. Electronic technology encouraged such investigation, but the natural world was also a source of insight and revelation. Rădulescu spoke of spectral composition as a quest for a music that is older than music, delving back beyond inherited melodic, rhythmic or harmonic conventions in search of fundamental acoustic properties.

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