Sound illustrating CD compiled by Christian Zanési
Muted Desire (Christian Zanési & ro3)
Soul of the Underground
XLR 8 (Brian Ray & ro3)
Cézame CEZ 4059
• 2005 Natural journeys vol.1 •
Sound illustrating CD
roots / beats / fantasy
Essential Soundtrack for Pepole and Journey, Places and Landscapes
Koka media KOK 2279 Cd
• 2003 Around 3 gardens •
Intuitive and collective composition betweenthe sound and the image.
Serge Adam : trumpet + electronic, Marc Chalosse : keyboards + samplers, Gilles Cornado : guitar + electronic, Benoît Delbecq : keyboards + samplers + bass & drum station (acoustic drums samples from «beat break shop» by Steve Argüelles (push), ro3 : samplers + laptop, Djengo Hartlap : quadriphony - mastering, Eric Vernhes : video + electroacoustic.
Recorded live : 11, 12, 13, 14 december 2002 @ voûtes, Paris (only index 4 «green channels» : recorded 2003 october 4 @ l’échangeur, bagnolet) mixed by Djengo Hartlap.
The musicians use the machines as an electronic extension of an improvisatory thought in real time. Here there are no prepared « beat sequences » to settle on but rather original « samples » (prepared in advance) that they release in the heat of the action during a concert to feed the musical matter under construction, the electronics being its own source of inspiration for the soloists.
From the video technician’s point of view, the objective of the performance is to establish the conscience a « history », and not a simple visual stimulus. The narration is built in real time and cannot be tied to the same restraints as conventional audiovisual narration.
Diaphonic DIA 070 Cd 2003
• 2003 Pascal Contet - Electrosolo •
Pascal Contet's accordion-playing, as light, compact, and indispensable as breathing itself, invents space through a kind of consonantal and vocalic alliteration.
His unaffected departures from the sheltered moorings of schools and musical styles make the accordion, or its potential rather, feel like an imaginary small craft to which we cling on a gentle, contrasting pleasure cruise.
Simple phrases full of virtuosity, a sonotity both minimalist and grandiose, a technique never forceful and voluntarily self-effacing, in Pascal Contet's hands, the accordion is no shoulder-strap piano, no poor man's instrument : it becomes, through finely controlled electronic transformations, a richly compact electro-acoustic instrument, its sound framework punctuated with a masterful fusion of lightly percussive bellows and key effects.
At times almost silent, simply caressed, its barely exhaled tiny flourishes and minute creaking as it wavers between recognisable pitches and their transformed sounds, the accordion siddenly rages into a furious storm, unleashing through respiration and electric wizardry a savage, densely textured music that keeps returning, like a punctuation, to the initial full-stop, limpid sound of its opening note.
The field of the accordion, so familiar to us, so ingrained in our culture, here broadens, like never before, into a parallel universe, another dimension, both recognisable, yet totally new, serious playful, exacting yet higly colourful. Pascal Contet's perfect synthesis of rich inventiveness and accessible modernity, is an imaginative, new, composite and magical approach to the accordion, revealed here as light, compact and indispensable as air and breathing.