Weirdness of the week: Every Satie record played at once

Weirdness of the week: Every Satie record played at once


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2016

From our partner site, MusicalToronto:

A sound artist named Brendan Landis, who records as Hey Exit, has created a fascinating piece by combing every known recording of Satie’s Gymnopedie 1. As each plays at the same time, the attention shifts to the variations in tempo and phrasing, and creates a dense sound with rounded edges. Wild stuff!

Listen here (you won’t regret it).

© Paul Helm/ Lebrecht Music&Arts


  • Bryan says:

    Somehow I had hoped that the 21st century would be more interesting than this…

  • Jim says:

    I think Satie would have been highly amused. And impressed that I did not stop to listen all the way to the end.

    • Max Grimm says:

      Not as impressed as that up-and-coming indie film director somewhere, who’s just found the perfect soundtrack for that heroin induced dream sequence he’s writing in the script.

  • RICARDO says:

    Beautiful! It sounds like Anthony Phillips (or many Anthony Phillips’s) in a particularly bucolic mood.

  • Eric Shanes says:

    What a stupid idea. Great music already has to suffer so many depredations by philistines, and now this …

  • Robert von Bahr says:

    Can’t remember having been asked for permission for BIS’s 3 recordings of it.