Friday, February 9, 2024

IMMERSIVE AMBIENT (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST)

Long, ambient, minimalist tracks for meditative immersion and intellectual focus (reading, writing...). Take the time to listen and unwind!

This playlist features Brian Eno, Laraaji, Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, Alio Die, Andrew Heath, Ensemble Dedalus, David Sylvian, Jon Hassell,  Hammock...  and my music...

 Feel free to listen and to like!

 Thanks!

Interview about "Apeiron"




 Interview by Philip Durand.

 

- Your latest album, Apeiron, seems to move in new musical directions...

- Yes... There are many elements of continuity with my previous recordings, such as themes that cross history, science and philosophy, to renew the traditional genre of space music... But there's also a step forward, towards more abstract and contemporary music, while remaining accessible, in the genre of "serious" ambient music that deserves to be listened to for its own sake, and not just as a simple sonic backdrop.

- Can you explain what you mean by this "step forward"?

- There's an attempt to deepen an approach in which silence and slowness hold an important place, but also to seek new modes of interaction between pure sound design and melodic lines.  Apeiron also reflects my current interests as a music lover and listener: I'm listening more and more to music that's described as "contemporary classical", at the crossroads of ECM New Series productions (Arvo Pärt, Silvestrov, etc.) and the neoclassical, atmospheric works of musicians like Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Johann Johannsson, who are creating a new sound and style for film music.


 - Your sound spectrum seem to have been recomposed, with a greater proportion of sampled  instruments than the purely synthetic palette?

- I think this reflects the new and constantly expanding field of virtual instruments available on the market. For musicians interested in sound experimentation, today's resources are very extensive, inviting both technical and aesthetic choices. For my part, I find it exciting to seek new balances between palettes of sampled classical instruments and voices, and purely electronic sounds. It should also be pointed out that the latest generation of sound banks are genuine instruments, with a wide range of expressive and musical possibilities (legato, etc.), and that sound processing tools (reverb, multieffects, etc.) enables them to be transformed and customized for singular musical universes like mine...

- Can you tell us more about your composing style?

I keep an intuitive and spontaneous approach, which is built up in successive stages: choosing a sound palette, recording a first track, then a second, a third, and so on... This is the stage of a first draft, of an initial shaping that delimits a frame for the forthcoming musical track. Then comes the crucial editing and composition stage, which essentially consists in sculpting, track by track, note by note, voids and solids, i.e. sounds and silence. This stage is the most important for me: creating means eliminating, reducing, making sounds breathe, knitting and interweaving them from one track to the next. 

This work is done in multiple listening sessions, bar by bar, until the first recorded draft is reduced to the essential, where each sound, each note, each motif responds to a necessity. At the same time, I fine-tune the spatialization effects, to bring relief, depth and movement to the stereo field. The final composition thus emerges at the end of a long process of tactile operations, deletions and displacements of sound objects. It's an empirical, intuitive process, guided by listening and in-the-moment decisions. The best parallel, for me, is with the work of a painter or sculptor who creates his work by successive retouching, looking at it from a multitude of points of view. And there's also an intuition that tells me that at a given moment, the piece has reached its point of equilibrium, its final form, and that nothing more should be touched, at the risk of upsetting that equilibrium...

 


- Is it easy to develop a "singular musical universe" like yours, difficult to fit into a well-defined musical genre or marketing niche?

- I'm well aware of the difficulty of being a bit "unclassifiable", of not fitting into the ambient mainstream, so dominant in Spotify playlists, with music for yoga, meditation, siesta, sleep etc., nor into the sountrack genre, because I haven't yet had opportunities in this field, nor into "academic" contemporary music, because I don't have a legitimizing curriculum in this area.  But basically, since the Lightwave years, I've chosen to create music that I'm passionate about and that really suits my personality and skills, rather than directing it towards this or that more commercial and profitable category... The new musical ecosystem favors both global commercial successes (Taylor Swift... ) as well as independent musicians, whose total creative freedom comes at the price of a certain confidentiality... My aim is to follow my creative itinerary with integrity and consistency, and gradually build up an audience interested in my musical universe, either on Bandcamp or on streaming platforms. I also attach great importance to the critical reception and support of experts and media relays (press, radio, podcasts, playlists) with a vast musical culture, often nourished by years, even decades of listening, and whose reactions are for me a major encouragement as well as a "creative compass".....

- And what are your projects?

I have two albums due for release soon on the Whitelabrecs and DiscoGecko labels. And I'm currently working on a new project, along the lines of Apeiron, which also fits into the Atmospheric Classical niche, according to the aptly named label created by Stephen Hill and Steve Davis in their last Hearts of Space radio program.

Sunday, February 4, 2024

"Music for Slow Motion Dance" featured on Hearts Of Space

 

The intersection of classical form and ambient environments

The evolution of western classical art music is a story of evolving cultures, developing instruments, and continuous musical innovation. Over the course of some twelve centuries, acoustic strings, winds, horns, keyboards, and percussion instruments evolved into the symphony orchestra, as well as smaller groups: string orchestras, horn and wind ensembles, and intimate string quartets, trios, and duos. Each group was designed for a specific kind of music and social occasion.

The arrival of electronic instruments in the 20th century was a disruptive innovation that stimulated a different response than the slow evolution of acoustic instruments. Electronics promised the composer freedom from acoustic limitations, the ability to design completely new tones and new instruments, create spatial sound images and virtual environments. In time, these new capabilities led to new genres like Electronic Space and Ambient, with expansive cosmic spaces, infinite floating worlds, and subtle textures.

On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we explore the intersection of classical form and ambient electronics, on program called ATMOSPHERIC CLASSICAL.
 
 

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   PGM 1364 : "ATMOSPHERIC CLASSICAL"
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   PGM NOTE : the intersection of classical form and ambient environments
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   FEED DATE : 2-02-24
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 MAX RICHTER
  "Zilpha" < 0:00->4:32 >
   : TABOO [soundtrack]; Deutsche Grammophon 479 8138; 2017

 MAX RICHTER
  "Our Reflection" < 4:32->10:07 >
   : MY BRILLIANT FRIEND [soundtrack]; Deutsche Grammophon 483 6994; 2019

 A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN
  "Atomos II" < 10:07->14:29 >
   : ATOMOS; Kranky KRANK190; 2014

 HAMMOCK
  "In the Shattering of Things" < 14:29->20:21 >
   : SILENCIA; Hammock Music HMK-026CD; 2019

 MAX RICHTER
  "Follower" < 20:21->25:28 >
   : VOICES 2; Decca B0033480-02; 2021

 WILLIAM ST. HUGH
  "Hull" < 25:28->29:01 >
  "Night of Nights" ('Turning of the Stars' EP bonus) < 29:01->31:35 >
  "Moonchaser" < 31:35->35:32 >
   : HIGH UPON THE SERPENT MOUND; self-published [no catalog #]; 2023

 CHRISTIAN WITTMAN
  "Time Stretching" (edited) < 35:32->39:20 >
  "No Gravity (Extended Version)" (part) < 39:20->51:46 >
   : MUSIC FOR SLOW MOTION DANCE; self-published [no catalog #]; 2024

 JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON and JONAS COLSTRUP
  "The Shadow" (part) < 51:46->54:28 >
   : THE SHADOW PLAY [soundtrack];
     Soundtrack Magazine SM 3021 1003; China 2022

 BOB HOLROYD
  "Hiding in Plain Sight" (part) < 54:28->58:59 >
   : FOOTBALL CHANTS AND NURSERY RHYMES;
     Holroyd Music Limited BH007; England 2023
   : Info: www.bobholroyd.com

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   PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
 

 

Friday, February 2, 2024

"APEIRON" : NEW MUSIC FOR ANCIENT COSMOLOGIES!

 

 
NEW RELEASE ON BANDCAMP AND ALL PLATFORMS (Febr. 02)
 
 
 
"Apeiron" is a Greek word which, according to the philosopher Anaximander of Miletus (6th century BC), designates the first element from which everything emerged, the primordial entity which generated the cosmos by successive splits.
 
The meaning of this word is still debated today: "infinite" or "indeterminate"? Literally: "without limit".
“Apeiron” was thus the founding concept of a bold rational cosmology, distinct from traditional myths, to explain the genesis of the universe, the earth, the ocean, the celestial sphere, the stars, physical phenomena and, of course, the emergence of life forms.
 
This starting point inspired me a form of contemplative and spiritual "space music", which attempts to reflect the mixture of imagination and intellectual speculation at work in this conquest of the universe by human thought.
 
With this album, I'm moving towards a more contemporary, hybrid sound and style, mixing electronic treatments and textures with processed human voices and classical instruments.
 
“Apeiron” is an attempt to explore new listening dimensions in the genre of electronic space music.
 
 
** 20% DISCOUNT ON ALL MY ALBUMS ON MY BANDCAMP PAGE (Except "Shadows of Fading Time"): 
 
code: apeiron
 
valid until February 9. ••

Saturday, January 27, 2024

"Apeiron"



 

Each of my albums allows me to deepen and broaden my musical universe... "Apeiron", inspired by the treatise "On Nature" by the Greek philosopher Anaximander, attempts to explore new directions in the space music genre...

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

"Music for Slow Motion Dance" — Feedback from Stephen Hill

I’ve been meaning to write to tell you how good Music for Slow Motion Dance is:  an unassuming little masterpiece.” 

 Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space Radio Program.