Being born in 1960, it is thus in the 70’s that I stored in me all the flavours and musical madness of this blessed time. This means that I have in my memory the prog rock of PINK FLOYD, Genesis, YES, and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, as well as the neo-folk of MALICORNE, the jazz-rock of WEATHER REPORT, the minimalism of STEVE REICH, the rough blues of the WHO or LED ZEPPELIN, or the hard rock of DEEP PURPLE or BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. And I’ll go on and on, there are too many to mention, PETER GABRIEL, MIKE OLDFIELD, BRIAN ENO, DEVO, ROXY MUSIC, TALKING HEADS, or even ROBERT FRIPP, I’ll stop here. Inside me, musically, I am all that, and much more. As far as electronic music is concerned, it all started for me in 1974 with the release of KRAFTWERK’s album AUTOBAHN. I was already a fan of TANGERINE DREAM and therefore of Berlin School. But this was like a revelation. And so it was thanks to or because of KRAFTWERK that I bought my first synth, a Kawaï 100-F.
It was on October 15, 1977 at 2pm, a memory that will remain forever engraved in me. After that, I followed the usual and normal path of any self-respecting synth lover: one synth, then two, then three, and a bank account that empties itself with each release of a new beautiful synth. Of course, at the same time, I got to know electronic music in all its aspects and all its great names, from WALTER/WENDY CARLOS to KLAUS SCHULZE, from KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN to MICHAEL STEARNS, and from PIERRE HENRY to MICHAEL MCNABB. In 2010 I started to get seriously interested in modular synths, and in particular the EURORACK format.
But one does not launch into this kind of adventure without having matured one’s project, not to mention the financial investment that it supposes and for which one must be prepared. So it was at the beginning of 2013 that I got my first complete modular system. It was like a second revelation, and the EURORACK format became my total and definitive passion in terms of synths. Everything is possible in terms of architecture or philosophy of sound synthesis, East Coast in the Moog style, West Coast in the Buchla style, and many other hybrids, different, or even downright weird styles. It’s a whole universe! But my own thing, my great passion, is sequencers. I own a dozen of them, and that’s without forgetting the combinations of modules that allow me to build pseudo-sequencers that work almost as well as the real ones. I love sequences and sequencers. Like those, of course, of TANGERINE DREAM in Ricochet or those of KLAUS SCHULZE in Mirage.
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