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Peter Rehberg Live Recordings Given Posthumous Release
Christian Eede , July 22nd, 2022 12:01

Shelter Press and INA-GRM have come together to put out the two previously unreleased recordings taken from a performance at the GRM

Two live recordings by the late Peter Rehberg have been given a first-time posthumous release on the first anniversary of his death.

Out today (July 22), Peter Rehberg At GRM has been jointly released by Shelter Press and INA-GRM, labels which Rehberg's Editions Mego imprint collaborated with on putting out a number of records. The live recordings, totalling almost 22 minutes and almost 18 minutes, are both lifted from performances of Rehberg's at INA-GRM's Présences Électronique festival in Paris in 2009 and 2016. One draws on "laptop music," while the other sees Rehberg explore modular synthesis. The record itself, which will be made available on vinyl and digital formats, comes with sleeve design by Rehberg collaborator and Sunn O))) member Stephen O'Malley.

In a press release accompnaying the announcement of Peter Rehberg At GRM, Shelter Press and INA-GRM said: "The first concert, given on 15 March, 2009, at the Maison de la Radio in Paris, marked the first collaboration between Peter Rehberg and the GRM and the beginning of a long and fruitful friendship. The second concert took place on 6 March, 2016. Between these two concerts, seven years have passed, seven years in which the ties between Peter Rehberg and the GRM have been strengthened, seven years in which Peter Rehberg's music has flourished."

Rehberg, the founder of influential label Editions Mego and a prolific experimental musician in his own right, passed away suddenly last July. At the time, INA-GRM said in a statement confirming his passing: "No other musician could so skilfully merge sonic energies and densities with an abrasive and melancholic musical sensibility. Whether solo, as Pita, or in his collaborative projects, Peter Rehberg has left his mark on the international experimental music scene for decades. We have lost a dear friend."

Peter Rehberg At GRM is out now on Shelter Press / INA-GRM.