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|TEN ROLE PLAYS
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|Okinawa. This tiny island is the most western part of Japan and is very close to Taiwan.
An Okinawan friend went there to record his grandmother singing some traditional songs
from the island and he gave me the recordings. Good intuition actually, because she
passed away by the time i had finished the third song. And i don't even know her name,
nor her face... just this harsh, salty voice. On purpose, i did not try to make her timbre
more sweet sounding and i was very tempted to include some very funny moments
between the songs when she coughs like a truck driver or gets a bit upset because her
grand son continually asks her to stop moving some papers in front of the microphone
when she sings. To stay true to this absolutely authentic harsh voice, i had to limit
myself to a few elements to avoid sounding like a sometimes too civilized deodorant spray
called "world music", and stay true to the Ryukyu traditional spirit.
No guitar at all in those tracks.
|TOXIC WOOD DOLLS
|Between minimal with soul, funk and atmosphere and something else...
Based on my processed jazz guitar and small vocal clips ...
|it is well worth listening. Somewhere between ambient and spacey funk, and even some
guitar solos (very short, rest assured!). Of course, i used Ableton Live to loop myself,
making my own (complex) setup of delays (echoes) repeating endlessly, and then fading
out, while i am playing another non-looped guitar part on top of it. This setup was still
to be perfected at this time, which means that i was not able to undo anything if i
would make a mistake when looping: it would stay in the loop for good. That's why some
good moments sometimes go away too quickly: i make a mistake on a beautiful loop and i
have to "make it up" somehow, which forces me to move to another musical scene. I
have many recorded improvisations like this, some sounding better, but this one got
selected here because it goes ininterrupted for a rather long time, without an obvious
mistake or a very bad idea. Also, i really enjoyed it!
|MIRROR ROOM SESSION
|LOOPING LOOPONG LOOPANG
|COLOUR BEADS SESSION
|Sixty six minutes non stop of guitar based dubby and progressive house music.
Eight tracks of original audio clips, many of them being my own guitar, looping together
and controlled in real time into a seamless one hour mix.
Contains one sample from Hassan Hakmoum and one from the Bee Gees.
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|"Ten Roleplays" is a pretext to release unsorted tracks that i accumulated
over the years 2000-2007 and that never fitted into an album, for lack of
stylistic unity. Ranging from ambient looped guitar improvisations (tracks 2, 10) to more
standard electronica (tracks 1, 3, 7) or even house (track 9), their only common link is
that they almost all contain my guitar playing and some field recordings i made,sometimes
heavily processed and unrecognizable. Those ten tracks are like ten role plays, with me
ending up in several styles in a schizophrenic way, always oscillating between my love of
guitar and my love of computer music.