Starting with his first composition in 1884, he signed his name as Erik Satie.
A colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-gard, he referred to himself as a “phonometrograph” or “phonometrician” (meaning “someone who measures (and writes down) sounds”), preferring this designation to that of “musician,” after having been called “a clumsy but subtle technician” in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.
French composer and pianist (Honfleur, 17 May 1866 – Paris, 1 July 1925).
Arguably the eccentric composer’s most popular and well known works, Trois Gymnopédies, published in Paris starting in 1888, are three short, atmospheric pieces in 3/4 time, with each sharing a common theme and structure. Collectively, the Gymnopédies are regarded as the precursors to modern ambient music – gentle yet somewhat eccentric pieces which, when composed, defied the classical tradition.
Listen here to Erik Satie: Trois Gymnopédies