Philippe Petit : a musical travel-agent

edited April 2011 in Electronic

"Philippe Petit is interested in soundtracks; even if he creates original music he'd rather be introduced as a "musical travel agent" than a composer. Petit uses a Cymbalum, an Electric Psalterion, computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings.
To second the machines he likes to move various glasses,
or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds. A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical activist,
Petit has celebrated his 25th year of sharing his musical passions as the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp. Petit has assembled what people call a dream-team of collaborators, working with: Strings Of Consciousness, Lydia Lunch, Foetus, Murcof, Kumo, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Cosey Fanni Tutti, My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, James Johnston, Simon Fisher Turner, Justin Broadrick, and many more..."

- Sub Rosa

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  • edited May 2016
    (Sub Rosa 2011)
    "Vultures Quartet started as a discussion that led to a noise making venture which has taken on it's own life and is carrying us with it. The musicians involved come from industrial, jazz, improv, rock, classical, and various goth style backgrounds. We never know where Vultures is going to take us, but we are unbelievably excited to see how various combinations of these influences will manifestthemselves into new, exciting sounds with which we hope we can entertain and inspire others to do the same!"
    - - My 2 cents: Absolutely brilliant !
    Vultures Quartet
    Dan Beattie. guitar, synth, arduino, prepared zither
    Matt Chilton: puredata/GEM, Max/MSP/Jitter, mics
    Will Connor: prepared percussion, found objects
    Anthony Donovan: prepared zither, guitar, bass, mics, homemade instruments
    - Myspace
    - Bandcamp
    - Remotegoat
    - Emusic
  • edited June 2016
    "This bad boy's subtitled 'A Rework of Gustav Mahler's Symhonic Poem' and that pretty much tells the story: Mahler's 'Titan' (aka 'Symphony No. 1') plays while Petit and chum Kumo sprinkle the classical 99 with their electronic hundreds and thousands. It's certainly a hugely respectful treatment with the original piece always audible and generally quite prominent despite the drones and effects pasted over the top, collage style. The press release mentions 2001 and Forbidden Planet and it's certainly very sci-fi soundtrack-y sounding, particularly when it kicks in with some proper B-movie theremin twiddles. I guess superficially the overall schtick might seem somewhat similar to those Indignant Senility records from a little while back that were based around Wagner's stuff but this is done with a far lighter touch and I'm probably enjoying it more for the fact."
    - Norman Records

    July.10.2012 ETA: Bandcamp
  • edited December 2012
    300x300.jpg - Henry: The Iron Man
    - (Beta-lactam Ring Records 2009)

    "In his short liner notes to this album, Philippe Petit writes: "I dreamt that Shinya Tsukamoto was working on a blurred remake of Eraserhead, and I was to soundtrack the grotesque mutation of Henry into an 'Iron Man'." That is the starting point of this album, a dreamy, gloomy, tortured imaginary soundtrack made from (mis)treated turntables and samples. On his records, Petit is usually surrounded by collaborators (hence the mention "and friends" tagged to his name on most of his solo albums), but not this time. Outside help is limited to faithful compadre and fellow Strings of Consciousness member Perceval Bellone on sax and EWI, plus some Chinese sounds provided by the duo FM3 for the delightfully awkward, clumpy, faux-exotic anticipation-feeling "In Tokyo Henry Spencer Is Fine." "Salaryman's Dream" (20 minutes) starts off with a great patched-up theme of skipping vinyl, then recedes into the nether regions of tone arm dismemberment, the turntable (Petit's instrument of choice, which he plays in a surprisingly physical way) seemingly undergoing Henry's projected mutation. After the aforementioned Asian interlude comes the final track, "Lady in the Radiator Meets the Fetishist" (13 minutes), where a guitar-like growl gets subdued while Bellone honks his way through a deliberately twisted sax solo. As an aural journey, Henry: The Iron Man is quite an achievement, despite overlong passages in the two long tracks. This album is also an opportunity to really focus on Petit's work and experience his creativity and original techniques."
    - Fran
  • edited April 2012
    Here's the opportunity to experience this experimental/noise genius for free:

    Nyctalopia (Electronic Music - Em134 - 2011)

    "PETIT uses a Cymbalum, an Electric Psalterion, computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. To second the machines he likes to move various glasses, or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds."[/size]
  • edited January 2015
    Philippe Petit & Friends - Silk-Screened - (Karl-Recorda 2010)[/size]

    "Post-Avant Jazz" soundtrack FOR FANS OF Four Tet, Alice Coltrane, Efterklang, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, The Drift & Strings Of Consciousness... "Silk-Screened documents another direction from French artist Philippe Petit, whose aim is to always surprise his listeners by releasing records which follow each other while not sounding the same. For now he is taking us in a cinematic world of dense mixtures of acoustic instrumentation and digital filtering, swaying and unfolding in ways that blend together jazz, modern classical and post rock. Pursuing a tradition he had started with his "Reciprocess" project, given away with The Wire magazine issue 301. . . . ."[/size]
    -Norman Records
  • edited January 2015
    - Another chapter in the continuing story about the amazing Phillippe Petit:

    James Johnston & Philippe Petit - Fiends With A Face - (BiP-HOp 2010)

    "This is the first collaborative work from JAMES JOHNSTON and PHILIPPE PETIT (STRINGS OF CONSCIOUSNESS). As the track titles suggest, it is a homage to the golden era of horror movies. These two fiends wanted to conjure up blood-curdling and haunting soundscapes, playing with an unsettling ambiance of strings, piano, organ, electronics, guitar drone and feedback screech in order to create a contemporary soundtrack for those who like to be frightened. They strive to elicit responses of fear and terror from listeners, not, however, in the style of grotesque, blood-soaked slashers, but rather, from that kind of presence lying in the dark behind you or before you. Fiends With A Face acts on every single fight-or-flight instinct the listener may possess... each track the sonic equivalent of heart-pounding, stomach-churning dread."
    - Omega.

    - My 2 cents: Brilliant, just brilliant !

    "James Johnston is the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of influential UK band Gallon Drunk, the group's last studio album The Rotten Mile being released in 2007. He also plays with Krautrock legends Faust, and has recorded and toured with a variety of other musicians such as Barry Adamson, Dot Allison, 2nd Gen, Ulan Bator, Lydia Lunch, and a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds from 2003-2008, (originally touring with the band in 1994)."
    - Dirter.
  • edited December 2012
    - The Friends are:
    Bas Mantel (art)
    Helena Espvall (cello)
    Bela Emerson (cello) -
    Raphaelle Rinaudo (electric harp)
    Maria Grigoryeva (violin)
    James Johnston (violins) - (see previous post)
    Andy Diagram (trumpet/FX)
    Richard Harrison (percussions)
    Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello
    Alexander Bruck (strohviol/viola)
    Tom Heasley (tuba)
  • edited December 2012
    Strings Of Consciousness & Angel - ST
    - Featured Artists:
    Hildur Gudnadottir (Cello)
    Dirk Urlich Dresselhaus (Oscillator & Effects)
    Ilpo Vais
  • edited December 2012
    - A brand new album from the musical travel-agent:

    "A filmic adventure where luscious string arrangements convey a whole world of emotion, and the organic sound of instruments is never outshadowed by machines . . ."
    The Friends on this album are:

    Nils Frahm
    Adrian Klumpes
    Rob Ellis
    Reinhold Friedl
    Manuel Zurria
    Alison Chesley
    Aidan Baker
    James Johnston
    Bela Emerson
    Richard Harrison
    Alexander Bruck
    Maria Grigoryeva
    Alexander Mahnev and Vladimir Shubin
    Perceval Bellone
    Raphaelle Rinaudo
    Ahmad Compaor
  • edited December 2013
    - A brand new 10" and digital from "The Agent" and his friends:

    The friends are:
    Bela Emerson: cello - Alexander Bruck: viola-strohviolin - Helen Money: cello
    Els Vandeweyer: vibraphone - Monty Adkins: concrete soundscapes - Reinhold Friedl : prepaired piano - Herv
  • edited February 2017
    Earcandy for Art bears:

    Release: 01 January 2013 on hellosQuare recordings.

    - "With a history that spans 30+ years that takes in collaborations with visonary artists such as Lydia Lunch, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh), The The, Ashley Wales (Spring Heel Jack) and Derek Jarman to sit alongside releases on esteemed labels Mute, Utech, Southern and SubRosa amongst others, renowned English soundtrack composer/songwriter Simon Fisher-Turner and French turntablist/'musical travel agent' Philippe Petit join hellosQuare to present their first collaborative release - A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti D
  • edited December 2012
    Oh boy oh boy !
    - A dreamteam with Philippe Petit, Asva and the legendary voice of Edward Ka-Spel

    -"Philippe Petit and G. Stuart Dahlquist (Asva) first came together when Petit’s Strings of Consciousness project opened for ASVA in Paris. The two quickly discovered a profound likemindedness and decided to combine their creative forces and see where that could take them. The pair, each with their own unique and seemingly infinite brand of creativity, formed a unique partnership. However, as Philippe and ASVA both have a long history of interesting collaborations, they decided to bring some guest vocalists to the project. Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Jarboe (Swans), and Bryan Lewis Saunders all lent their voices to this album. After a few months of dialogue and collaboration, “Empires Should Burn” was completed and ready to be released into the world."
    - Basses Frequences - July 2012
    ASVA & Philippe Petit (feat. Edward Ka-Spel) @ Soundcloud
  • edited January 2013
    Soundcloud preview from the forthcoming:
    MURCOF & PHILIPPE PETIT : The call of Circ
  • edited January 2013
    From the Free Music Archive, uploaded 09/29/2012:
    Philippe Petit electric psalterion processed live / WFMU-My Castle of Quiet exclusive

    "Exclusive track, donated to WFMU and the My Castle of Quiet program."
  • edited December 2013
    - From 2011 but new on Emusic and most excellent:
    Track 1: Philippe Petit: grand piano, electronics / Gordon Sharp: field recording, computer
    Track 2: Gordon Sharp: computer, field recording, piano / Philippe Petit: distortion, fuzz, wah-wah, voices, electronics

    - "Featuring two incredible collaborative pieces by France’s prolific Philippe Petit and Cindytalk built around piano, electronics, voice and that kinda trans-dimensional murmur and crackle we already love both of them for. This represents the second entry in the Lumberton Trading Company series of six 12” or MLP releases that can still be subscribed to all the while the Glass Out 12" remains available from the label.

    Some background info: Cindytalk has existed since the early 1980s and, helmed by founder Gordon Sharp, survivor of the original Scottish punk scene, ex-member of The Freeze and open transgender warrior, has swung from being a band to a solo concern and back again, depending on the demands of the circumstance. Debuting in 1984 with the album, Camouflage Heart, itself representing a break from Gordon’ s background via it being an excursion to more abstract sonic realms, Cindytalk has remained a going concern ever since. Despite a short break in releases between 1994 and 2003, Cindytalk have enjoyed renewed interest and activity in more recent years via the support of some highly sought-after album releases on Editions Mego and regular live performances in the UK and throughout Europe. This is not the first time Cindytalk has collaborated with LTCo founder Richo, either. In 1991, Cindytalk appeared on Richo’s other label, Fourth Dimension Records, with a song on a split-7” (featuring Splintered on the other side) issued with Grim Humour mag, plus joined his group, Theme, for one song onstage at the 2010 edition of the Wroclaw Industrial Festival. It is good to work with Mr./Ms. Sharp again."

    - Lumberton Trading

    - "The second release in the subscription series of Lumberton Trading Recordings,by none other than Gordon Sharp’s ever-wonderful Cindytalk platform and the prolific Philippe Petit caught firmly in the jaws of a twilight setting where piano, voice and drifts of mesmerising sound serve a portrait of emotions rarely found in contemporary music."
  • edited December 2013
    From 2010 on Bandcamp:
    PHILIPPE PETIT: processed acoustics/field recordings + electronics + turntables & glass manipulations
    PIETRO RIPARBELLI: radio signals, voice and field recordings

    - "The Haunting Triptych is a collaboration between Pietro Ribarbelli aka K11 and Philippe Petit, a haunted soundtrack giving an impression that some ghosts are lurking around… Dragging listeners inside a world full of malevolent creatures.

    Not unlike some works of Lustmord or Nurse With Wound the sound is heavy and claustrophobic and the downward spiral brings you to the final end where the last sound you hear before losing your senses is the beast eating your flesh."


    Pietro Riparbelli
    - "(aka K11) is a sound artist who studies the dynamics related to the phenomenology of perception, paying close attention to the dichotomy between seen and unseen: strictly related to the world of ìinvisible phenomenaî. K11 is a project based on the utilizing of short wave radio signals + some other kinds of signals to create sound dimensions in connection with the environment. K11 works whether within the world of music, producing sound and conceptual releases with different labels, or within the world of contemporary art realising sound sculptures and sound installations.
    He has worked in collaboration with the artist Massimo Bartolini realising projects at the Fundaciò Tàpies in Barcelona and at D'Amelio Terras gallery in New York. He has collaborated with Nico Vascellari for a project realised at Manifesta (Rovereto). In Italy he is working with Enrico Fornello Gallery and he is co-founder of the independent music label Radical Matters."

    - Boring Machines -
  • edited January 2015
    Also from Boring Machines @ Bandcamp:
    Chapter24 & Philippe Petit - The Red Giant Meets The White Dwarf

    Chapter 24:
    - "Formed in 1982 in Ioannina, Greece, the nowadays highly respected CHAPTER 24, (KEFALAIO 24 in Greek), were named after Syd Barrett's song by the same title. The band, since the very early days, is based on the same, stable core of musicians: For 27 years Antonis Livieratos, Vangelis Boulouhtsis and Periklis Boulouhtsis have been performing live, recording and producing their own music. Despite praising them for their work critics have been, so far, unable to classify them.
    Truth is, that Chapter 24 themselves, never seemed to worry about that: they have always felt free to move from style to style, from songwriting to instrumentals, from free-form improvisation to written composition and back. They keep handling a vast variety of electric, acoustic and electronic instruments along with various less conventional sound sources such as found objects and tapes. Their output to the date includes songs, ambient music, electroacoustic - experimental works, music for films and more."
  • edited January 2013
    WOW !

    - "Documenting the contemporary ways of playing guitar in opposition to the old-fashioned myth of guitar-heroes… pre-paired, detuned, melancholic, panoramic, free-pickin, feedbacking, droning, beautiful a la Fennesz, GYBE!, Fonica, Myrah, Twine, Grubbs, David Sylvian, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Do Make Say Think, Mike Cooper, Slint, Talk Talk … etc…mixed into drones, various clicks & electro-acoustic or field recordings forming a tapestry of sound, running up to 6 different sources altogether to create a deep sound assemblage."
  • edited September 2016
    New on €music:
    Aderlating, Andrea Marutti, Burial Hex, Christina Kubisch, Deadwood,
    Francesco Brasini (Sevenguitars), Francisco Lopez, Gianluca Becuzzi,
    L’Acephale, Luciano Maggiore, Massimo Bartolini, Nordvargr, Philippe Petit,
    Seth Cluett, Utarm, Y.E.R.M.O..

    - "Reissue of an extremely limited 2010 release (x50 private copies). This multi-dimensional collaborative opera (audio installation and concept album) is a bridge between the conception of sound within the contemporary art scene, post-industrial culture and the avantgarde black metal musical scene. It focuses on creating a dialogic development between radical forms of concrete music, unorthodox sounds, conceptual arts and experimental recording practices of acoustic phenomena."
    - Cold Spring Records - 2012

    RMEDL | METASOUND | K11 - Chthonian music.
    - "Sound Installation inside a Roman Cistern hosted within the Archeological Parc of San Vincenzino . . .
    . The Installation is based on an 8 separate channels system: IMEASY (Integrated Modular Expandable Audio Spatialisation System) . . ."

    - Pietro Riparbelli.
  • edited December 2013
    From 2012 and new on PP's Bandcamp page:
    Philippe Petit - Una Symphonia Della Paura
    - "The opener is a collaboration Philippe Petit did with Justin Broderick.
    Petit was so happy with it that he felt an urge to produce more pieces in that vein and complete a whole suite. The idea was neither to give birth to one more Neo-Metal record, nor to one more Noise album, instead Petit dreamt of blending together Phil Spector's "Wall Of Sound" and Lou Reed's influential "Metal Machine Music"... Building dense mixtures of digital filtering in order to conjure up a mix of blurred melodies and themes, and feeding his No
  • edited September 2016
    From 2012 on Emusic:
    Philippe Petit, Ron Anderson, Robert L. Pepper, David Tamura - Closed Encounters of the 4 Minds
    - Featuring Ron Anderson on electric guitar, Robert I. Pepper on Korg synth & electric violin, David Tamura on sax and Philippe Petit on turntables, electronics, electric violin and electric psalterion.

    - "Now this is a pretty mind-blowing meeting of minds: Philippe Petit, an avant-garde soundtrack artist who has previously collaborated with the likes of Lydia Lunch, Foetus, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Cosey Fanni Tutti, Graham Lewis (Wire), Scanner, Jarboe, and many more postmodern music legends; multi-instrumentalist Ron Anderson of The Molecules and PAK, a guy so cool (and so musically savvy) he once collaborated with epic prog-drummer Tatsuya Yoshida (YBO2, Ruins, Zeni Geva) as Ronruins; and Robert L. Pepper and David Tamura, both members of the avant-garde multimedia collective PAS. With a lineup like that, you know something interesting is going to happen… and sure enough, it does. Recorded live by Martin Bisi in November 2010, the eight untitled tracks here are a skull-frying stew of exotic sounds created with electric guitar, sax, turntables, electronics, analog synth, electric violin, and electric psalterion. As an ensemble, they sound like something you'd hear on John Zorn's Tzadik label (although they're nowhere near as frantic and demonically possessed as the sound Zorn himself favors); to say they're eclectic would be an enormous understatement. What's even more amazing than their kitchen-sink sound is how well it all works, especially for something created live and on the fly in one take. Even better, for an album made by an avant-garde collective, it's surprising just how accessible it is; this is an avant album even non-avant types can enjoy. Bonus points for all the whacked-out sci-fi noises that permeate the album."
    - RKF @ Dead Angel.
    Public Eyesore Records
  • edited July 2017
    A new 3 CD boxset on Aagoo Records With 3 albums previously released as individual CD's on PP's Bandcamp page.
    The CD's constitutes a trilogy, Thus the boxset:

    - "Extraordinary Tales Of A Lemon Girl » is an epic soundtrack, a trilogy
    equally inspired by glorious Italian Gialli than the odysseys from Homer, Lewis Carroll or James Joyce. Divided in three sections depicting a « fruity » Lemon girl’s nonsensical journeys to oneiric lands. Once again Philippe Petit offers a thematic framework, whose musical script only aims at revealing a beginning and its ending while inviting the listener to wander along the variety of sounds, melodies, textures, themes… Surprise, surprise."

    Aagoo Records

    The Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl trilogy: Chapter I:

    "Sweet cosmic Lemon Girl
    Firewalking in your night
    Dream growing on grey velvet
    Her fortress is a bronze mirror
    From her tree hang an apple
    But she's not for you to eat.
    No escape from her heart
    Die your Lemon paradise"

    - "Chapter I: Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet Inspired by the symphonies of Herrmann, Holst, Sibelius, Berlioz, Shostakovich, and a few other... "Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet" is a "Cyclic" soundtrack in which thematic material being varied occurs in more than one movement as a unifying device. An electronic orchestral record incorporating 20th century classical traditions but framing them in something quite new, while orchestrated for turntables, violins, violas, cellos, double bass, harp, oboes, clarinets, french horns, bassoon, piccolo, tuba, percussions & a choir... Original melodies blurred in to become unconsciously suggested, reappearing here and there, then Petit reworked-modified some themes with his virtual instruments, added percussions, turntablisms, Electric Psalterion, some prepaired Cymbalum and various recordings from his archives. The tale divides in two sections : Side A comprises Movements 1, 2 & 3 where Romantic melancholy is colliding with Avant-electro-acousticisms, unfolding a lush harmonic brillance, transporting you into the layered instrumentation which will give chills down your spine while seducing your heart... Side B consists of Movements 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 forming a dramatic suite, richly detailed and surprising, eliciting action and suspense, thrilling "listeners-in-danger" with a sense of uncertainty about the outcome of certain musical actions until the triumphant orchestration in the final Movement concludes in an absolute victory.

    Though not musically trained/educated, Petit obviously lies outside the classical genre but his scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner. « Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl » continues his investigations into the boundaries of extant, contemporary scoring through the lens of modern cinema. These ideas were initiated in his album Henry: The Iron Man (Aagoo/Beta Lactam Ring Records), "A Scent Of Garmambrosia" (Aagoo Rds), "Silk-Screened" (Trace Recordings) and continued with "Fiends With A Face" his duo with James Johnston (Dirter Promotion) or "OFF TO TITAN: his recontextualisation of Gustav Mahler's first symphony" out on Karl Rds."

    Chapter II: Fire-Walking To Wonderland
    - "While "Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet" was more of an orchestral soundtrack this second chapter totally shows Philippe Petit's struggle not to issue similar albums one after
    another. "Fire-Walking To Wonderland" is more direct since to preserve spontaneity every part was recorded in one take. Most of the instrumentation is live/acoustic instruments
    with an aim to preserve their natural sounding or being treated and totally unrecognizable.
    You will hear music coming from electric psalterion + cymbalum + guitars + processed acoustics/field recordings + voices + turntables + percussions and even inflatable
    balloons forming a sonic choreography using space/time, in a multi-dimensional way, spatializing sounds with an electro-acoustic approach and still showing great attention to dynamics. The relation that lies between silence and noise being of the utmost interest for Petit."

    The Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl trilogy : Chapter III:
    - ""Hitch-hiking Thru Bronze Mirrors" is the third and final chapter of the «Extraordinary Tales Of A Lemon Girl» trilogy depicting a «fruity» Lemon girl’s nonsensical journeys to oneiric lands.

    Our heroin is slowly traveling back to reality, into a beautiful natureland though permeated by an atmosphere of pollution. The score is more acoustic, using a rich palette of instruments and paying attention to themes and melodies although being riddled here and there by some off-kilter sonic eruptions, dissonances or prepaired tunings/instruments. The Lemon Girl comes back home, "safe and sound" but action and suspense are still thrilling "listeners-in-danger" with a sense of uncertainty about the happy ending… Life isn't easy nowadays… Is it?!
    Mind the gap !"
  • Thanks for all the links. I believe I found a Canadian distributor for most of the emusic links and will get around to spending some coin at bandcamp when I'm done exploring in emuland. I really enjoyed Henry and look forward to adding some more to the library. I'm going to start off with Silk-Screened and then grab some of those free ones.

    Thanks again
  • edited December 2013
    About time to post one of the best albums in 2013, at least in the electronical field and one of the most gorgeous albums from Petit, ever !

    - "The meeting of such unconventional musicians was always going to result in a pretty incredible piece of work, but confronting such strong identities and getting them to work together was not a given. For the past three years, Philippe Petit and Fernando Corona have regularly played live together, undoubtedly refining their collaboration with each new performance and finding the right balance between their respective sound worlds. The result is this album which equally finds its roots in Murcof’s modern classical influences and Petit’s coarse post modernist soundscaping.
    The album may barely reach the forty minute mark, but in the space of three tracks, Corona and Petit create a magnificent soundtrack which teems with haunting choral chants, lush string work and unsettling atmospherics. This album is rooted in ancient myths and legends, borrowing from Greek mythology for "The Call Of Circé", daughter of Helios and powerful enchantress, and winged divine horse "Pegasus", or from Nordic tales of giant squid-like sea monsters on "The Summoning Of The Kraken". This very much characterises the epic proportions of this album, echoing in parts the amplitude of Murcof’s "Cosmos" (Leaf, 2007), and in others Petit’s equally ambitious "Off To Titan" (Karlrecords 2010), but they temper this with much more delicate moments, for which they assemble incredibly detailed and refined atmospheric passages.
    Clocking at just over twenty minutes, the opening piece "The Call Of Circé" is articulated around a series of sequences which range from stern, doom-like guitar stabs and harsh percussive noises to eerie choral laments and theatrical vocal flourishes. The haunting melodies and ambiences of the first half are slowly broken apart by the recurring thuds of metallic percussions. When these recede, the mood has become darker, grittier, more oppressive, and remains as such for much of the remainder.
    "Pegasus" recalls some of the more baroque treatment Murcof experimented with on his commissioned work for Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes de Versailles, especially through his use of the viola de gamba as a primary sound source, but this sound source becomes corrupted as the track progresses, perhaps subject to Philippe Petit’s radical decay processing, until only a few distorted strands of grating bowed strings remain.
    With the last track, Corona and Petit opt for an overall softer, warmer atmosphere, but there is a lingering feeling of impending danger lurking below the surface of the whole piece. This is marked by the use of sparse percussions, magnified vinyl crackles and processed guitars and textures which, assembled in various combinations, weight heavily on the otherwise almost pastoral nature of the composition.
    Philippe Petit knows how to find collaborators with whom he can go beyond his own sonic universe and make them venture into unfamiliar territories, and he is an expert in making these collaborations gel perfectly. And this is one hell of a collaboration: two artists, each with this visionary "

    - Bruno Lasnier / January 2013

    Murcof aka Fernando Corona
    - "Hailing from Tijuana, on the Mexico/US border, and now a Barcelona resident, Fernando Corona rose to attention as part of Mexican collective Nortec, mostly for his work as Terrestre, but it is with another project, Murcof, that he has made an extremely strong impact. Merging micro-beats with samples of contemporary classical music, his work, often crystallised into sweeping haunting pieces, bridges the gap between Arvo Pärt or Henryk Górecki and part of the electronic scene of today. He is credited with being one of the main influences of the likes of Erik Skodvin and of many of the artists who have appeared on Miasmah in recent years."
  • edited February 2014
    Just in @ Soundcloud:
    Philippe Petit recontextualizes “Music For 18 Musicians”

    - "A vibrant hommage to Music for 18 Musicians: a work of musical minimalism composed by Steve Reich during 1974-1976 and which proved to influence many subsequent genres in music, esp. Electronics…

    On stage Philippe chooses to process the original 11 “pulses” live, doubling/extending wavelengths and superimposing each into another… Playing with their harmonic analysis and spectral resynthesis, splitting soundwave into its component frequencies and phases, manipulating those and then mashing them all back together again within a different composition. A tapestry of sound running several different sources altogether to create a deep and hypnotic sound assemblage..."
  • Just a "little" curiosity:

    From Orbit Service - Drifting (remixes and extras)
    Orbit Service vs/ Philippe Petit - drifting (Philippe Petit mix)

    - Excellent !
  • edited May 2016
    Oh boy ! - a match made in heaven.
    Here on Bandcamp, a taster for the collaborative album of Philippe Petit & Edward Ka-spel (The Legendary Pink Dots) released by Italy's Rustblade label.
  • edited May 2016
    Jay ! it's already out on €music:

    - "“Are You Receiving us, Planet Earth?!” is the first effort composed by Edward Ka-Spel & Philippe Petit, both playing various instruments and electronics. Their exchanges ran over the course of two years trying to create something which would meet their usual aesthetics and at the same time bering them to newer territories.

    The seeds were sown on exotic stringed instruments by Philippe on sultry nights in Marseilles.Long wandering instrumentals ,sometimes angular, sometimes mysterious ,always operating in their own peculiar universe.
    Through the medium of cyberspace ,these landscapes were delivered to Edward Ka-spel in London, who detected hit potential, at least with the inhabitants of the planet Glurg,and duly added vocals plus other underlying, utterly disturbing elements.

    There was a logic forming in this voyage , although by the time EK delivered his interpretation back to PP,the dark matter was literally dripping from the project.Philippe added the final touches ,leaving the inevitable question…
    Planet Earth- are you receiving us? It’s been a while…Planet Earth, are you, in fact, STILL THERE???"

    - Rustblade
  • edited September 2016
    @confused said:
    May 20th was a pretty good day
    Indeed, indeed !

    - "A moody, detailed and wide-ranging work, in which atmosphere and dramaturgy lead the ear into a suspended world, like being entrapped within an Arctic ice shelf... "
    - Glacial Movements  - Emusic

    "I love to play live and onstage I play an Electric Psalterion + "Triple Caterpillar" Drum Guitar + turntables + an amplified wood-tablet, a washboard-like kitchen tool, various glass/knives/inflatable balloons... I also love to process textures w/ my laptop (prepaired strings, various clicks & electro-acoustic or field recordings forming a tapestry of sound) to create a deep sound assemblage. 
    Topping it all I play my prepaired vinyls. 
    Assaulting turntables to take advantage of the vinyl material to fondle released sounds, raking the needle across the record's grooves, rubbing their stylus on paper, cardboard, metal to process unusual noises and textures… Headbutting... Dancing... Enjoying to perform and entertain my audience."
    - Philippe Petit.

    'You Only Live Ice' by self proclaimed 'musical travel agent' Philippe Petit is an atmospheric journey into a brooding, dream like soundscape, frozen in time and ice-cold space. The compositions are like the soundtrack to an invisible movie composed by a transcendental dreamer and it's easy to see the influence of the artists' peers and often times collaborators such as Lydia Lunch, Murcof, The European Contemporary Orchestra (E.C.O.), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs and Audrey Chen to name but a few.
    - Norman Records

    . . . ."It’s a 43 minute piece presented in two parts: the first 9 minute are the basic piece that is de- (and re-)constructed almost beyond recognition in the second part which seems to drift further and further away from reality: “atmosphere and dramaturgy lead the ear into a suspended world…”. But at the same time the tension slowly increases to an almost breathtaking climax… like you drifted off to somewhere from where you can’t get back."
    - Ambient Blog
  • edited May 2016

    Mia Zabelka & Philippe Petit @ KLANGHAUS Fest 2015-05-09

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