Born in Paris, Éliane Radigue studied electroacoustic music techniques at the Studio d'essai at the RTF, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry (1957-58).
Her music, sourced from an Arp synthesizer and recorded on tape, attracted considerable attention. She was in residence at the electronic music studios of the University of Iowa and California Institute of the Arts in 1973. The Arp synthesizer has become Éliane Radigue’s signature. She composed »Triptych« for the Ballet Théâtre de Nancy, »Adnos II« & »Adnos III«, and began the large-scale cycle of works based on the life of the Tibetan master, Milarepa.
In 1984 Radigue received a »bourse à la creation« from the French Government to compose »Songs of Milarepa«, and a »commande de l'état« in 1986 for the continuation of the Milarepa cycle with Jetsun Mila.
Performances of her music have taken place at galleries and museums such as the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Paris), Foundation Maeght (St. Paul de Vence), Albany Museum of the Arts (New York), Galerie Rive Droite (Paris), Gallery Sonnabend (New York), Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris), and Galerie Shandar (Paris); at festivals including the Festival de Como (Italy), the Festival d'Automne a Paris, Festival Estival (Paris), International Festival of Music (Bourges); and at the New York Cultural Center, Experimental Intermedia Foundation (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Columbia University (New York) and many others.