Giga Hertz Award 2019: Concert II
Giga-Hertz lettering
Insight into the life's work of Éliane Radigue with a world premiere
Sun, November 24, 2019 3 pm CET, Concert

The Giga Hertz Prize Festival 2019 concludes with a comprehensive insight into the oeuvre of the prizewinner Éliane Radigue! The final concert will include two German premieres and a world premiere of the composer.

Éliane Radigue studied with Pierre Schaeffer and worked with Pierre Henry (Giga Hertz Prize for Sound Art 2013), but emancipated herself early in her sound artistic approaches from the two Musique concrète pioneers. As one of the few women in the Studio d'Essai, she managed to work as a composer despite the adverse circumstances and later build an international career.

Éliane Radigue's abstract-imaginative sound landscapes, which she created by means of modular sound synthesis, represent a unique position in sound art within the musical avant-garde. In New York she first began to work with a Buchla synthesizer and later exclusively with the ARP 2500 modular system and tape techniques. She also became a convinced Buddhist. This led her to a style of music in which long sound sequences, sound surfaces with the smallest changes, provoked an almost meditative listening posture. The three-hour work »Trilogie de la Mort« composed between 1990 and 1998 became one of her best-known works.

François Bonnet, director of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, will introduce Éliane Radigue's diverse oeuvre with a lecture. In the following concert, the premiere of her new work OCCAM DELTA XIX for baryton, Birbynė and alto saxophone will be presented, as well as two further works from a recent work phase.



3 pmFilm screening
»Virtuoso Listening« (2012) by Anaïs Prosaïc on the work of Éliane Radigue
4:30 pmLecture 
by François Bonnet on the work and creation of Éliane Radigue followed by a conversation


Éliane Radigue, Carol Robinson »OCCAM XXII« (2018)* for Baryton

Éliane Radigue »OCCAM RIVER XXII« (2018)* for bass clarinet and alto saxophone

Éliane Radigue »OCCAM DELTA XIX« (2019)** for Baryton/ Treble Viola da Gamba, Birbynė and Alto Saxophone


  • Baryton, Treble Viola da Gamba: Yannick Guédon
  • Birbynė, bass clarinet: Carol Robinson
  • Alto Saxophone: Bertrand Gauguet

Éliane Radigue »Arthesis« (1973)
for magnetic tape
Sound direction: François Bonnet



*german premiere




Organization / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media and Karlsruhe