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French Pressings of Philips' Prospective 21e Siecle Records

This is an edited and revised listing based on Ed Maurer's pages (saved in 2005)
referencing all the French "silver series" and UK versions

Cover variations

1967-1968 catalogue number on front
1968 ELECTRONIC under Philips logo on front (first few green label issues)

1967+ front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; PHILIPS on front; no price code; Imp. S.P.P.
1968? front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; PHILIPS on front; D price code; Imp. S.P.P.
1969+ front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; PHILIPS on front; T price code; Imp. S.P.P.
1968-1970 front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; PHILIPS on front; no price code; Imp. S.P.P.
1970 front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; T price code; imp. S.P.P.
1970/71+ front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; T price code; imp. phonogram Louviers
1970/71+ front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; stickered U price code; imp. phonogram Louviers
1971+ front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; U price code; imp. C.I.D.I.S. Louviers

Procédé Héliophore = a method of photo-printing invented by Louis Dufay in 1933 using aluminium foil

Label variations

1967-1968 BLUE white centre ring, D price code, usually B.I.E.M. boxed
1968-1969 GREEN white centre ring, S price code, BIEM boxed
1969-1970 GREEN white centre ring, S price code, B.I.E.M.
1970-5/1971 GREEN S price code, B.I.E.M.
6/1971+ GREEN, T price code, SACEM boxed
3/1972+ GREEN, T price code, SACEM boxed STEREO
1975+ BLACK PLASTIC mostly reissues (often retaining original identifiers)
1978+ BLACK PLASTIC as above, but with PG 320 Distribution Code

1969 RED Pierre Henry Apocalypse de Jean - 3LP box set
1970 RED Electronic Panorama - 4LP box set

1967-69 PHILIPS in bold Futura Black font
late 1969+ PHILIPS in Gothic 821 font (most notably S does not curl so much)

1967+ GRAVURE UNIVERSELLE printed in top-right box
1968+ GRAVURE UNIVERSELLE mono/stéréo as white relief in top-left box
ca 3/1972+ STEREO as white relief in top-left box

Notes:
BIEM [as ether 1. B.I.E.M. boxed, 2. BIEM boxed, 3. B.I.E.M.] = rights society on original releases to May 1971
SACEM  [SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL boxed logo] = rights society on original releases June 1971+
"Gravure Universelle" was a mono/stereo compatible system aborted in 1972 in favour of standard stereo
Original GRAVURE UNIVERSELLE and BIEM credits were retained on reissues that used original plates
Some SACEM first issued as GRAVURE UNIVERSELLE were re-pressed as STEREO.


1967-1968 BLUE

1968-1969 GREEN

1970-5/1971 GREEN

6/1971+ GREEN

3/1972+ GREEN

1975+ BLACK

1969 RED

1970 RED


This first batch: 836.885 to 836.891 were released in reverse number order!...


836.885 DSY Luc Ferrari Heterozygote; J'ai Été Coupé

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969 #


836.886 DSY Jean Guillou Jeux d'orgue - not Prospective 21e Siecle


836.887 DSY Pierre Henry Voile d'Orphee I; Voile d'Orphee II; Spirale; Entite

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black plastic ? released: 197?
4 reissue front: different artwork (stage scene)


836.889 DSY Bernard Parmegiani Violostries; Bidule En Ré; Capture Ephemere

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969 #


836.890 DSY Jean Guillou Visions Cosmiques

Organ improvisations dedicated to the Apollo 8 mission. Performed on the Grandes Orgues de Saint-Eustache, Paris

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 1971 #


836.891 DSY Ivo Malec Sigma; Cantate Pour Elle; Dahovi; Miniatures Pour Lewis Carroll

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1968 #

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: 4 FE 8500 © 1968 - French made issue for the English market.


836.892 DSY Pierre Henry La Noire a Soixante; Granulometrie

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1968 #
2 reissue front: metallic print; back: metallic; label: green ?
3 reissue front: different artwork (stage scene) "La Noire À Soixante"


836.893 DSY Pierre Henry Messe Pour Le Temps Présent  - not Prospective 21e Siecle

However, on late 1970s and 80s reissues there is a tiny Prospective 21e Siecle underneath the PG distribution code


836.894 DSY various Concert Collectif du Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'ORTF

Contains works by Francois-Bernard Mache, Francois Bayle, Luc Ferrari, Michel Philippot, Philippe Carson, Jean-Etienne Marie, Ivo Malec, Edgardo Cantón and Bernard Parmegiani, together with Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine de Paris and an orchestra

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1968 #
2 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: ? ? released: 197?

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: 4 FE 8501 © 1968 - French made issue for the English market.


836.895 DSY Francois Bayle L'Oiseau Chanteur; Lignes et Points; L'Archipel; Espaces Inhabitables

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1968 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 196?

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: 4 FE 8502 © 1968 - French made issue for the English market.


836.896 DSY various Musique Electronique Norvegienne

Arne Nordheim Epitaffio. Response 1. Alfred Janson Canon. Bjorn Fongaard Galaxy

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1968 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: ca. 1970/71

UK issue "Norwegian Electronic Music" different artwork; label: 4 FE 8002 © 1968


836 897 DSY various untitled

Xenakis Orient-Occident. Berio Momenti; Omaggio a Joyce. Maderna Continuo. Kagel Transition 1

Compiled by Pierre Henry. Selections from "Panorama Des Musiques Expérimentales" 2LP

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1967 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 196?
3 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 1970/71
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black plastic SACEM released: 1976?

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: 4 FE 8503 © 1967 - French made issue for the English market.


836.898 DSY Pierre Henry Variations Pour Un Porte Et Un Soupir

1 3

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore (circular design); back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1967 # - 2 versions
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore ELECTRONIC; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1968
3 reissue front: metallic design; back: metallic; label: green
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: green

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore (circular design); back: white; label: 4 FE 8504 © 1966 French made issue for the English market.


836.899 DSY Pierre Henry Le Voyage

1 3

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1967 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 196? - 2 versions
3 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 197?
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: green (different design) BIEM released: 197?
5 reissue front: different artwork (stage scene); back: ?; label: black plastic? ? released: 197?

UK issue front: different artwork; back: white; label: 4 FE 8000 © 1966


836.990 DSY Maurice Ohana 4 Etudes Choregraphiques. Miloslav Kabelac 8 Inventions, op. 45

Performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg.

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1967
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: metallic; label: green BIEM released: 196? - 2 versions
3 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: metallic; label: green BIEM released: 197?
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: ? ? released: 197?

UK issue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: 4 FE 8505 © 196? - French made issue for the English market.


836.991 DSY Milan Stibilj Eperiver De Ta Faiblesse; Domine. Makoto Shinohara Alternances. Peter Schat Signalement

Performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg.

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: blue BIEM released: 1967 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 197?
3 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 197?
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: ? ? released: 197?


Regular chronology from hereon!...


836 992 DSY Kazimierz Serocki Continuum. Valentin Silvestrov Mysteres. Michel Puig Provisoires Agglomérats

Performed by Les Percussions des Strasbourg. Tape realization for Provisoires agglomérats by Luc Perini at ORTF studios.

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969? - 2 versions
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black


836 993 DSY various untitled

Makoto Shinohara Mémoires. Konrad Boehmer Aspekt. Gottfried Michael Koenig Terminus X. Luctor Ponse Nacht

"The four works of electronic music grouped on this record are products of the State University Electronic-Music Studio in Utrecht. Under the artistic direction since 1964 of Gottfried Michael Koenig, this studio counts as one of the most modern and avant-garde."

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1969


837.923/25 LY Pierre Henry Apocalypse de Jean

1 original 3LP box set front: Procédé Héliophore back: ?; label: red BIEM released: 1969 #
1 reissue 3LP box set front: Procédé Héliophore back: ?; label: red plastic SACEM released: 1975?

reissued as 3 separate LPs: 6521 001, 6521 002, 6521 003 - with Procédé Héliophore covers, and later with greyscale print covers


6834 001 2 Kabelac 3 Inventions. Chavez Tocatta (allegro final)

7" EP. performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Includes 5 page booklet with photos of the group.

1 original front: wallet cover inc. booklet, released: 1970


6526 001 Andre Boucourechliev Archipel 3

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 # - 2 versions
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 197?


6740 001 various Electronic Panorama - 4LP box set

6526 003 Groupe De Recherches Musicales De L'O.R.T.F.
6526 004 Studio Voor Elektronische Muziek Utrecht
6526 005 Studio Of Radio NHK, Tokyo, aka Japanese Electronic Music
6526 006 Studio Eksperymentalne Polskie Radio

1 Dutch original front: metallic design; back: black; label: red BIEM released: 1970 #
1 French original
- version unconfirmed


6526 005 various Japanese Electronic Music

Toshior Mayuzumi Mandara. Maki Ishii Kyoo. Minao Shibata Improvisation. Makoto Moroi Shosanke

Single LP release of music from Electronic Panorama box (originally issued in Japan on Victor SJX-1004 in 1969)

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green SACEM released: 1971 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1971


6526 009 Elisabeth Chojnacka Clavecin 2000

Works by Berio, Ligeti, Constant, and others. "The listener is expected to play this recording at full volume and in total darkness."

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green ? released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey label: black


6526 017 various Americana

Edgar Varese Ionisation. Chavez Tambuco; Toccata. John Cage First Construction (in metal)

Performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green ? released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black


6526 019 Gilbert Amy Cycle. Roman Haubenstock-Ramati Jeux 6

performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 - version unconfirmed
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 1970
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black BIEM released: 1975?
4 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: Fontana black BIEM released: 197?


6521 005 Andre Boucourechliev Archipel 4 pour piano en quatre versions - not Prospective 21e Siecle

Although referenced in some discographies, this was released on the Modern Music Series


6521 006 various untitled

Robert Cohen-Solal Shadoks; E. Canton Voix inouïes; Reibel Variations en étoile; B. Ferreyra Médisances

Works realized in the studios of the Groupe De Recherches Musicales de l'O.R.T.F.

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 #


6521 016 Francois Bayle Jeita Ou Murmure Des Eaux

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green BIEM released: 1970 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green BIEM released: 1971


6521 017 Ivo Malec 3L

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green SACEM released: 1971 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 197?


6521 020 Iannis Xenakis Persephassa

Performed by Les Percussions des Strasbourg.

1 original? front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1971 #
2 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: green SACEM released: 1971
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black plastic


6521 021 Pierre Schaeffer Étude Aux Objets. Etude Aux Allures. Étude Aux Sons Animés. Etude De Bruits. L'Oiseau RAI. Suite Quatorze

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green SACEM released: 1971 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black plastic


6521 022 Pierre Henry Mise en musique du Corticalart de Roger Lafosse

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: white; label: green SACEM released: 1971 - version unconfirmed
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972 #


6521 025 Bernard Parmegiani Chronos

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972 #

Commonly listed as 1971, although only known issue is SACEM with STEREO dating it 3/1972 or later.


6521 028 Dubravko Detoni Jugoslav Avant-Garde Music

Graphies I.II.III., Phonomorphia 1.2.3

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972

Commonly listed as 1970, although only one pressing is known. BNF list acquiring it in 1973 #


6521 030 various East Meets West

Tona Scherchen Shen. Alain Louvier Candrakala. Shima. Georges Aperghis Kryptogramma.

Performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972 #
2 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black SACEM released: 1978+


6521 031 Francis Miroglio Extensions 2 version 1 and 2.

Performed by Les Percussions des Strasbourg.

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972 #
2 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black SACEM released: 1975+


6521 045 Iannis Xenakis Persepolis

1 original front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM released: 1972 #
2 reissue front: Procédé Héliophore; back: silver; label: green SACEM STEREO released: 197?
3 reissue front: greyscale; back: grey; label: black SACEM released: 1975+


6510 018 Pierre Schaeffer Le Triedre Fertile

1 original front: grey design w/colour; back: grey; label: black; © 1978


# = year of original release verified on BNF

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