The GRM archives

The center of experimental music Le Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) was founded in Paris in the late 1950s by Pierre Schaeffer. My favorite avant-guard composers Bernard Parmegiani, Luc Ferrari, and others worked there. I am inspired by both their music and their theory: the GRM participants generated a host of texts, in which they described their ideas, concepts, their approaches to working with sound, different techniques, etc. It is interesting that everything occurred half a century ago but this is modern even now for the conditionally popular music I play.

The synthesizer modules Mutable Instruments

This is a small company from Paris, backed by an extremely talented computer programmer and inventor Olivier Gillet. He develops modules like Elements — a module synthesizer generating pseudo-natural sounds like strings, percussion, etc. They sound nearly natural, and this “nearly” is what attracts me in them — this is the possibility of playing with human perception at the level of the subconscious.

The Pure Data problem solving environment

This is the language of visual programming, in which one does not write a code but creates objects called modules and connects them with each other. This is almost the same as a module synthesizer but it has nearly infinite capabilities. So far, I am at the most initial level but even now, everything I manage to do based on video lessons and manuals is amazing.

Normally oriented ontology

This is a cultural and philosophical paradigm, in fact, a logical continuation of modern, post-modern and speculative realism. The paradigm originated and is developing in Russia, which is very important. Its founder is S.M. Kostyushkin, supported now by the young graduates of Gorky Literature Institute. I could say, this is a new wave of the Russian avant-guard. I have recently started translating the program texts by Kostyushkin from Russian into English. I would like the western lovers of music also to become inspired by the ideas of normally oriented ontology.

"The Kitchen" film series

This is an amazing product of the Russian film production business, an epic of scale and a work of genius. We see a human drama acted out in closed premises at the level of the best works by Fassbinder, the beauty of the visual picture is comparable to the films by Sorrentino, while the dialogues could be the envy of Shakespeare. It is best to treat yourself to the Kitchen while on short trips. The travel between Moscow and St. Petersburg by train suits it very well.

Translated from the Russian by Tatyana Padve
© Stanislav Sharifullin


Stanislav Sharifullin is a musician, curator and journalist, the leader of the Klammklang label and the master figure of the Siberian musical stage. He is involved in interpretation of the music of the pioneers of the electronic and electro acoustic music using modern technologies, model synthesizers and visual programming languages.


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