Franck Vigroux ‎| Ballades Sur Lac Gelé (LP) [R-M 192]


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Franck Vigroux ‎| Ballades Sur Lac Gelé
Label: Raster ‎– R-M 192
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released| 22 Oct 2020

We met Franck Vigroux for the first time years ago at Berlin's Berghain during a soundcheck. At that time he performed with Mika Vainio, with whom Vigroux often worked together.

The first track on »Ballades sur lac gelé« dates back to that time. It was created under the impression of this collaboration and friendship with Mika Vainio. This album is dedicated to him.

Vainio's oeuvre is also significant in connection with the history of raster, so it was only logical and our wish to release this album by Franck Vigroux.

With the beginning of the corona pandemic, Franck Vigroux took up this early material again, he continued to formulate it and completed the present album »Ballades sur lac gelé«. The title already defines the theme of the ballad, a "song/poem with very minimal structures" (quote Vigroux).

"Ballade" is also a play on words with the French word "balade", in this sense a ramble, a ramble over a frozen lake. The reduced, cool structures reflect this. But at the same time, under the surface, the (often distorted) sound carpets steadily increase to immense power. Like ice that grows and tectonic forces that have to erupt, glacier-like.

Vigroux is very skilled at creating music in this minimalist setting. The intertwining of very few musical elements creates a kind of soundtrack that is multi-layered and at the same time universally intelligible.

-  Black vinyl LP pressing in gatefold jacket, printed inner sleeve.
-  Artwork by Olaf Bender.
-  Music by Franck Vigroux. Dedicated to Mika Vainio.
-  Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.

A1     Drive     
A2     Cygnus X-1     
A3     Ritournelle     
A4     Styx     
A5     Two     
A6     Island Shores     
B1     Acqua Alta     
B2     Beyond The Black Hole     
B3     46     
B4     Rome     
B5     Atotal

# Power Electronics  # Experimental  # Technol # Industrial

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