Rêves de Béton

by Galerie Stratique

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes with the FAUX WORLD CD album.
    Also includes a small booklet and a CD-only bonus compilation
    "ARCHIVES VOLUME 1" 41 minutes of rarities and unreleased music

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"Les gens qui racontent que le béton est bête, lourd et grossier sont du genre à se laisser tromper par les apparences."
-Bernard Arcand

"Le Corbusier aussi s'est ignominieusement trompé : jamais on n'utilisera le ciment armé sur les autres planètes."
- Salvador Dali

RÊVES DE BÉTON

Le béton et la musique électronique ont des points communs. Paradoxalement, la musique électronique fruit d’innovations technologiques, se plaît souvent à évoquer les éléments de la nature, tandis que le béton, symbole de conquête technique, s’invite dans notre environnement, parfois aussi naturellement que le sol sur lequel nous marchons.

Pendant plusieurs décennies, tous deux ont servi de points de repères visuels et auditifs à l’édification d’une société futuriste, devenue celle que nous connaissons. Alors aujourd’hui, lorsque le béton surexploité se fissure et lorsque la musique électronique démocratisée devient une commodité mondaine, notre besoin de rêver resurgit.

Avec Rêves de béton, j’ai voulu retrouver l’émerveillement originel, l’enthousiaste ressenti par les pionniers de la musique électronique à l’époque où le monde de l’an 2000 était une science-fiction chargée d’utopies. J’ai aussi voulu évoquer la décrépitude, la fuite vers la nature, la recherche de nouveaux espaces vierges.

INSPIRATION : La nature, l'entropie architecturale, l'art optique, la musique électronique des années 60 et le cinéma japonais


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.

INSPIRATION : nature, urban decay, op-art, 60's electronic music, Japanese cinema


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.


REVIEW EXCERPTS

Earshot Magazine - Rêves 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.

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.

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. 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.

'Rêves de Béton' a figuré parmi les trois finalistes pour le prix Opus de l'album de l'année 2015-16 en électroacoustique.

'Rêves de Béton' has been nominated by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique for the best electroacoustic album produced in 2015-16.

credits

released November 13, 2015

re-edited for a better flow in March 2017 : extended silences, fade changes and a deleted track (Flötentanz is now only available on cd)

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 (bonus cd) : stardustmedia
artwork : Criterium

video : vimeo.com/141300292
video & photo credit : Alexis Zeville

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Grafting avant-garde, sound art, pastoral electronica, lounge, classical and fourth world music, Galerie Stratique concisely hints at various possibilities of what electronic music can or could be.

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