*This album sounds best when played at high volume on loudspeakers*
RÊVES DE BÉTON - DREAMS OF CONCRETE - CD1
Reinforced concrete and electronic music may have much more in common than we think. Paradoxically, electronic music, fruit of technological innovations, seems often to refer to nature and its elements while concrete, symbol of technological achievement, invites itself into our world as naturally as the ground beneath our feet.
For decades, both served as visual and hearing landmarks in building the futuristic society we know today. However, with overused concrete drying up, showing cracks and electronic music becoming more and more popular, we need to dream again... dream further.
"Rêves de Béton" is about finding the wonder in the mundane again. It's about finding the enthusiasm and excitement felt by the electronic music pioneers, back in the days when the year 2000 seemed like a new area filled with promises. With this album I also wanted to mention the decrepitude, the neglect, the escape to nature, the endless search for empty spaces.
STYLE : Imaginative electronic music for the adventurous ears.
Vital Weekly : "Galerie Stratique does things very well. Each piece is made with quite some imagination, and also the variation is well considered on this album. An excellent mixture of electronic tunes."
Earshot Magazine : “Reves de Beton, is a challenging listen, short ideas of song merging ambient and glitch electonics masterfully. Beullac is making some dramatically expressive music here, and his range is staggering over these two disks.”
Back Seat Mafia/Ride the Tempo : “It’s a distillation. As a representation of how removed we have become from both our spiritual selves and the organic earth, it is chilling. As a work of experimental electronica, it’s fascinating.”
Le Canal Auditif : "Beullac nous emporte dans un rétrofuturisme de grande qualité. Rêves de Béton est un album pour audiophile d’abord, une sorte de satellite gravitant autour de la planète électronique. Il a un côté intellectuel pour son inspiration de Schaeffer et Stockhausen, culturel pour ses sonorités indonésiennes, comique pour ses mises en scène rétro futuristes, ou technique pour l’excellence de la production."
ARCHIVES VOLUME 1 - CD2
This collection of ambient lullabies occasionally tainted with corrosive clouds brings me back to my earlier days when I used tape recorders and minidiscs. Back then I didn’t think that these tracks were good enough to be put on my first albums. Yet, despite some imperfections these sounds kept coming back to me, they probably never really left me. So I started working on them again, polishing them, refining them over time. Listening to these tracks now, I can still feel the initial excitement, the excitement of discovering almost endless musical possibilities. With naivety and self-indulgence on my side, I could create complete pieces in a couple of hours or so. A particular atmosphere finally emerged out of these completed tracks. For aesthetic reasons I've decided to add to this present work two pieces featured on past compilations. This album is dedicated to a much appreciated loyal audience.
released November 13, 2015
Composed and produced by Charles-Émile Beullac
Vocals on track #4 : Carole Siciak
Mastering on Rêves de Béton: Dominique Bassal
Mastering on Archives Volume 1: stardustmedia
Artwork : Criterium
Drawing on a broad spectrum of musical styles from moody electronica to sound art, Galerie Stratique seeks to explore new fields of music through unconventional methods. His music continues to evolve through critical acclaim and a growing audience.