Philippe Petit has long been one of my heroes with his work as a music journalist, producer and label owner (notably BiP_HOp). He's one of the key voices in regards to new, unique and exciting experimental music in Europe and in the last 13 years or so has produced an array of wonderful albums, performance-related works and soundtracks. In 2012 we were thrilled to release his work 'Cordophony' which featured Nils Frahm, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), Adrian Klumpes, Aidan Baker, Reinhold Friedl, and many more.
Here's a little bit more information about Philippe Petit from the man himself:
I am interested in soundtracks; even if I create original music I'd rather be introduced as a "musical travel agent" than a composer.
Since the early 2000s I have been performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia... Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Staubgold, etc... (see the section "Friends/Collaborators" above in the Menu bar for a detailed list + links).
To compose musics I use an Electric Psalterion + Hackbrett Cymbalum + Caterpillar Drum Guitars built by Yuri Landman (see right picture above) as well as a computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. To second the machine I like to move various glasses, pieces of wood, stones, or percussive objects, as well as taking advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds. Dealing with Electroacoustics, because I'm relying on electricity/amplification to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, but trying my best to explore various genres and make sure that each of my albums differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise my listeners. A journalist for various magazines/radios since 1983, as well as a musical activist, I have celebrated 30 years of activism, sharing musical passions... I am aso the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.
Not musically trained/educated I lie outside the Classical genre but my scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner which recently allowed me to be 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...
I have been fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators, joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, E.C.O., Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, PAS or Faust onstage and in studio. Besides I did some recordings with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Audrey Chen, 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, Leafcutter John, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe, Jad Fair and many more...
I am also the founder (w/ Hervé Vincenti) of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness
This is a performance by Philippe Petit in collaboration with Murcof and Mark Cunningham at Caixaforum in 2011:
You can keep up-to-date with Philippe's releases, performances and other news on his site here:
You can stream, share and buy 'Cordophony' by Philippe Petit & Friends here: