Beaubourg (album)

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Beaubourg
Studio album by Vangelis
Released 1978
Recorded Nemo Studios, London, 1978
Genre Electronica, experimental music
Length 39:14
Label

Windham Hill

RCA (LP) # INTS 5158
Producer Vangelis
Vangelis chronology
Spiral
(1977)
Beaubourg
(1978)
Hypothesis
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Beaubourg is a 1978 album by the Greek artist Vangelis. It is entirely synthesizer-based and highly experimental; together with Hypothesis (recorded in 1971 and unofficially released in 1978) it is often considered to be one of Vangelis' least accessible works. Invisible Connections (1985) is also often included in this category; however, as the latter was intended to be a work based on experimentalist classical music (released on the Deutsche Grammophon label), this view should be amended.

Beaubourg contains experimental improvisations.

The album is meant to reflect life in the Beaubourg district of Paris, when Vangelis lived in the early '70s. Beaubourg is a musical representation of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The music on the album was primarily improvised on one or more Yamaha CS-80, the ring modulator of which he uses extensively.

The sleeve design of the album is by Vangelis himself. The recording engineer was Keith Spencer-Allen, who was assisted by Marlis Duncklau.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vangelis.

  1. "Beaubourg, Part I" – 18:09
  2. "Beaubourg, Part II" – 21:05

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Beaubourg". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 

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