Each week MODULAR-STATION is highlighting an album for a daily show.
Gilles Poizat sings and plays trumpet, guitar and electronics. Alongside playing in various bands, including Mazalda and Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, he has been venturing since 2008 in a very personal research, writing and singing songs, experimenting with sound devices, taking risk with great freedom of form.
This music was originally recorded from fall 2018 to spring 2019 as preliminary research for “La séance”, a choreographic piece by Benjamin Coyle (Cie Kopfkino) which finally focussed on songwriting. Then, this instrumental material, trumpet and electronics, became an autonomous album. It questions the invisible, intimate rituals and personal relationships with our dead.
Each track starts from a peculiar electronic set-up which reacts and uses the sound of the trumpet lively to generate sounds from electronic treatements and analogue synthesis. Sounds emitted by the set-up roll and modulate over time in a more or less random way. Trumpet playing is improvised in this unpredictable and interactive soundscape. Sometimes from the trumpet only remains its imprint. All electronic sounds are played live, no overdubs, except in the last track, Lignes de fuite.
This new album from Gilles Poizat comes after albums of songs in solo (Micro-vertige et l’expérience du flottement, Horse in the house) and duo with Catherine Hershey (Rev Galen), and after a long-term collaboration with Mazalda. Champignon flamme is his first instrumental solo album. He reconnects here with his first instrument, the trumpet, meanwhile augmenting it with a new one, the modular synthetizer.
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