From The Desk Of Amor De Días’ Lupe Núñez-Fernández: Eliane Radigue’s “Kyema, Intermediate States”

Amor de Días—the duo of Alasdair Maclean (Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas)—just released debut album Street Of The Love Of Days via Merge. (Those of you who speak Spanish know that the band’s moniker translates to “love of days,” hence the album title.) Maclean and Núñez-Fernández worked on the 15-track LP for more than three years, and it features guest spots by the likes of Louis Philippe, Damon & Naomi, Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Danny Manners. Maclean and Núñez-Fernández will also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Núñez-Fernández: I think it was through Ubuweb that I came across Eliane Radigue‘s music a few years ago, and since then, she’s become one of my favorite composers, someone I come to again and again. In the ’50s, she studied electroacoustic techniques under Pierre Shaeffer, the founder of musique concrète, and then in the 60s, she was Pierre Henry’s assistant, developing her own style slowly but steadily while raising her three children with Arman. Then in the mid-’70s, she took a few years off music when she converted to Tibetan Buddhism, but her guru sent her back to it and she started making a large-scale cycle of works based on the life of 11th-century Tibetan master Milarepa. These days, she’s still composing and studying the teachings of the Tibetan lamas. 1992’s Kyema, Intermediate States, a layered synthesized drones piece, is from a trilogy inspired by The Tibetan Book Of The Dead. The word “kyema” in Tibetan refers to a state of surprise mixed with sorrow; for me, all her work suggests an uncanny sense of transformation. I’m looking forward to this festival of her work in London when we come back from tour.

Audio after the jump.