Tuesday, 5 May 2015


"needles in pain"
Year:    2013
Country:    France
City:    Marseille
Laabel:    Alrealon Musique
Format:    CD
Tracks:    2
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Turntablism            Experimental

Philippe Petit has made several releases in the past and the flow in this year has ebbed a bit. It’s hard to follow since his widespread musical actitivies has led to several compilations of his works during the last years. „Needles In Pain“ is the second vinyl release on the lovely Alrealon Musique label and got a special treatment: a picturedisc with swirling artwork, showing Petit’s handling of vinyl and digital decomposition on the visual side.

Yes, this is music made from and for this medium. The first part into the vortex of short snapping loops and destructed loop splatter bleeding from the stylus is a melange of distant bass rumbles and delicate sharp fed-up rhythm and mood trickery. The beginning with his long soothing tones may trick a bit the listening experience at first but leads to a bleak miasma of shattered and at the same time fragile vinyl cuts mixed with computer manipulated siblings and clones.

Petit’s ability to mix drones with rough tones and flirring intertones derived from such a widely used medium are beyond the usual turntablism roots you may associate with music made from pre-existing record sources. The B-side is a further and deeper ride into a world of hologrammatic sparkled sounds and colourful cluster manifestos. The presentation of the record like a dreamachine fits to the concept of the idea itself. Each sound that can be recorded from a vinyl player is soaked into the black hole of Petit’s hungry machines and re-played by mighty DSP modules. Recognizable are even sounds from the turntable arms as well building the link to the title of the release itself- needles that scratch surfaces, angles and grooves without a pause. An endless end of experimental sounds that never bores as you can access details with each new listening. Excellent concept and carefully presented. Chapeau. (*Review writen by Thorsten Soltau ).
  Discogs   ,    Bandcamp   ,   Alrealon Music  

"First chapter"
Year:    2013
Country:    France
City:    Marseille
Label:    Aagoo
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    3
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electroacoustic , classical
Style:               Turntablism               Dark Ambient

BIOGRAPHY : he was born in Marseille (south of France) where he started as a DJ, animating radio shows and editing fanzines (paper, cut & paste) in the 80s. In the 90s he contributed articles (under the pseudonym "Candy Apple Grey" and "Filth Simpson") for such magazines as: Ruta 66 (Spain), Merlin’s Music Box (Greece), Maximum R&R (USA), What Wave, Cryptic Tymes (Canada) and french-written Taktik, Rage, Rocksound, Best, 491, Abus Dangereux, and many many more that no one will remember of… basically about garage, punk and hardcore music. In those days, he had some fun and interviews with such bands as: Fugazi, Poison Idea, Buzzcocks, No Means No, Neurosis, Fuzztones, Nirvana, L7, Babes In Toyland, Mudhoney, Pixies, The Cynics, Dum Dum Boys, Alice Donut, Brood, Grotus, Fleshtones, Sting Rays, Jon Spencer, Soft Machine, Lydia Lunch, Godflesh, Steve Albini, Gallon Drunk, Melvins, New Bomb Turks and many other punk and "grunge" bands.

MURCOF : is the partenaire of PHILIPPE PETIT in this album entitled "First chapter". MURCOF is the performing and recording name of mexican electronic artist Fernando Corona (b. 1970 in Tijuana, Mexico), who currently lives in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). Influenced mainly, though not exclusively, by classical and electronic minimalism, MURCOF works with orchestral samples, microscopically detailed textures, sounds and rhythms.
  Discogs   ,   Lastfm   ,   Facebook   ,   Bio   ,   Youtube   

REVIEW : You can say that dreams in comparison to reality are a kind of dissonance. "First chapter", the 20th album of french musician PHILIPE PETIT, by using widely sound inconsistency, puts listener not only into sleepless, tiring nights, as to growing out of the nightmare visions. Simultaneously it evokes the impression that even pillow filled with nails turns out to be a very enjoyable experience - as satisfying as is communion with compositions included on the album. I think that PHILIPE PETIT knew exactly, what he intends to achieve with this recording and not even for a moment he abandoned established convention and conception. Hence, no sound is lost among disturbing drones, it does not disappear among the various layers (quite clear despite the project’s name). What is more, it is ambient in a rather condensed, concrete form - despite characteristic for the genre blurring of sound space - which causes concrete associations: sometimes Lovercraft-like climates ("The Ancient Nightcrawler"), sometimes scenes from horror B class movieswith typical for them effects (noises, echoes, etc.). You cannot accuse "First chapter" for secondariness. Considering all cinematic character of music - this soundtrack to a non-existent movie (movies), at some extent composing measures, making the album carrier of a distinctive style. modern classical, ambient, noise... high quality album.
  Discogs   ,   Lastfm   ,   Bandcamp   ,   Web   ,   Facebook   ,   Soundcloud   ,   Reverbnation   ,   Twitter   ,   Myspace   ,   Aagoo Records