opa loka records

label for electronic, psychedelic, ambient, experimental, modularism, electro-acustic, free form, innovation —————————– distributed worldwide on any portals ————-

An hommage to Philip K. Dick’s « Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep ». A series of collaborations paying tribute to science-fictional aesthetics, imagery, and futuristic approach. More Electroacoustic than Pop, at least in its concrete approach and desire to break genre limitations… Science-Fiction and its quest to solve the unexplained has always been stimulating the imagination of Men, allowing to project into possible futures… Space and the unknown. Science… Fiction… An exploration of inner spaces, cinematic dreams, “forbidden planets »… 60 years ago, on September 14, 1959, Luna II was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and the first man-made object to land on another celestial body. 50 years ago, 1969, US landing of the first humans on the Moon marked the peak of the Space Age dreams and the first victory in that Space Race which had started in 1955. Back when Space Age Pop gave birth to musics inspired by the spirit of those times, an optimism based on the strong post-war economy and technology boom, and excitement about humanity’s early forays into space. -------------------------------------------------------------

In the past few years Philippe Petit has been following courses in composition and Electroacoustic music at the Conservatory, specialising in spatialisation and semi or modular synthesis. A technique which is close to landing on a new planet since reproducing the same patch is almost impossible, which suits fine Petit’s ethical resolve to never produce the same album. Reaching a wholly new sound-universe, opening new doors of perception and possibilities, a technology allowing to create textures and electronic abstractions, plastic sounds, organised sonic objects using vintage instruments such as Buchla Easel « The Electric Music Box » , Moog Model 15, Minimoog Model D, Vintage RSF Expander Kobol, Arp 2600, Synclavier…-------------------------------------------------------------------A new start, in search of a personal sound : sequencing color, forms and range, disrupting timbre and harmonics, de-uniting the principles of horizontality (melody) and those of verticality (chords), modulating a “perpetual timbric movement » always in mutation, a sound of both substance and shadow, a voyage into a new dimension: a Twilight Zone. ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Inspired by a novel from Edgar Allan Poe « A Descent Into The Maelstrom » evokes the struggle of a Man who follows a path leading him to the edge of a steep cliff from where he hears the tumultuous waves of a «synthesized whirlwind», screaming and roaring incessantly that traps him within an ocean of rhythmic sound-in-fusion. A very «sciencefrictional» madness radiates, no frontiers are heard and yet the composer invites us to cross them all by penetrating into the depths of two autonomous and complementary universes… A chromatic complementarity between the ultra-coloured and vibrant sounds, inviting adventurous spectators/listeners to a « sinesthési-Kosmiche » journey, played on a mythic vintage machine: The Buchla Easel - The Electric Music Box,as can be read on the keyboard of that original instrument which is why Philippe Petit wanted to preserve an electric side, sometimes close to a guitar sound. Easel which in English refers to the painter’s easel. A painter uses an easel to support the canvas on which he creates his works. So the Buchla Easel is the ideal support to hold a canvas on which Petit wants to create his sound paintings. «For a long time Buchla would simply refuse to add a keyboard to his instruments. According to him, the synthesizer should be... a tool for music and experimental musicians. A keyboard would be an invitation to the conventional scale set...» so I chose not to use it. Recorded in one shot to preserve the spontaneity and using the instrument connected to an Avantone Pro CLA-200 amplifer and recorded on 2 separate tracks, each treated differently with a GRM «comb flter» to create true stereo spatialization and an even more effcient voltage intercourses between oscillator, modulator, pulser, LFO or other voltage sequencer. A unique vision of the Buchla for a Psychedelico-Shoegaze rendering, whose Drone thickness can also evoke MBV that would rub shoulders with the early Grateful Dead, of the time when Don Buchla was one of them and that his electronic-modular flights made the public lose all meaning under acid. Lysergic West-Coast Electro crazyness… ------------------------------------------ www.philippepetit.info 
Philippe Petit:" Not musically trained/educated I lie outside the Classical genre but my scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner which allowed me to being asked by Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana Maria Avram to join forces as a soloist in their hyperion Ensemble + being invited by Jean-Paul Dessy (Musiques Nouvelles ensemble) and Raoul Lay (Ensemble Télémaque) to become in charge of electronics/turntables in their ambitious E. C. O. (European Chamber Orchestra) formation comprising of 33 soloists… Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators: joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, The European Contemporary Orchestra (E.C.O.), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs, Audrey Chen, Mia Zabelka, Iancu Dumitrescu’s hyperion Ensemble, Stephen O’Malley, yannick Barman, PAS or Faust onstage and-or in studio. Besides I did some recordings with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Andy Diagram, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Justin K. Broadrick, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe, Jad Fair, Martin Dupont and many more... I am also the founder (w/ hervé Vincenti) of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness I was aso the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. (www.pandemoniumrecords.com) and BiP_hOp (www.bip-hop.com). A journalist for various magazines/radios since 1983, as well as a musical activist, I have celebrated 35 years of activism, sharing my musical passions... "
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