Composer, guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians and is a pivotal figure in the development of electronic rock.
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PROCESS AND REALITY
founding fathers of experimental music join forces to conjure an unholy
serenade for a society on the verge of collapse on Process and Reality,
an hourlong whirlwind of pessimistic prophecy transformed into a heady
monolith of sound.
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Cuneiform Records is proud to announce the first-ever vinyl reissue of Chronolyse, the masterwork of 1970s analogue electronics that French electronic musician and guitarist Richard Pinhas created in tribute to Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic, Dune.
This special reissue, pressed on 180 gram white vinyl and featuring the
original album artwork, celebrates Chronolyse's conception nearly 40
years ago as well as the 50th anniversary of Dune, the first volume of
which was published in 1965.
WELCOME IN THE VOID
"...two pioneers of fringe music, with the rapport of the two as the driving force behind this album" - Something Else!
Yoshida Tatsuya is one of the most important musicians of the Japanese experimental music scene for the last 35 years, spearheading at least a half dozen of that country's most important groups, including Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei and Korekyojinn.
For their first-ever recorded meeting, Richard's electronics and guitar merges with the percussion mastery of Yoshida for a powerful bout of musical give and take.
Welcome in the Void press release
four decades into a career spent shattering boundaries, the Parisian
experimentalist [offers] fractured, distortion-soaked soundtracks." -Time Out
Oren Ambarchi is a guitarist, drummer and sound-artist who has recorded with Sunn O))), Keiji Haino and Jim O'Rourke.
Somewhat surprisingly, the music on 'Tikkun' comes across as a very tasty cross between the heavy synth-driven beats of classic Heldon and the much more noisier aspects of Pinhas' work over the last decade.
This CD/DVD set features a new studio CD and a DVD of a recent live performance.
Tikkun press release
"The music is beautiful in its brutality" – Sonic Curiousity
"Richard Pinhas' continuing transformation...to touchstone for a next generation of abstract noisemakers continues..." – All Music Guide
"...a career spent shattering boundaries..." – Time Out Chicago
Desolation Row finds things coming full-circle for guitarist/electronics pioneer, Richard Pinhas. In a career spanning more than 40 years, pathfinder Pinhas has remained continually innovative, pioneering groundbreaking developments in electronic rock and industrial music and influencing generations of musicians. In a major recent creative surge, he has released numerous recordings over the past several years in collaboration with noise and experimental musicians, breaking further sonic ground. Desolation Row finds Pinhas collaborating with those he has directly or indirectly inspired and influenced, with the results in a class by themselves.
On the album, he is in the company of some of Europe’s cutting-edge performers in the frequently-overlapping spheres of free improvisation, jazz, progressive rock and noise — Oren Ambarchi, Lasse Marhaug, Etienne Jaumet, Noel Akchote, Eric Borelva, and his son, Duncan Nilsson — engaging in a series of six distinct works which stimulate and push all concerned through and beyond their comfort zones. This is a work that stands both with and apart from the respective oeuvres of its principals. The continually evolving Pinhas reaches ever newer artistic vistas – and draws attention to Europe’s sociological, political, and economic turmoil on Desolation Row.
Desolation Row contains some of the elements we know and love from Pinhas—dense, subtly shifting banks of sonic bliss; sustained guitar tones, textures alternately dreamlike and nightmarish, and well-nigh elemental, pulsating rhythms. Far from being an "elder statesman," this shows that Richard Pinhas is still in the thick of things, continually reinventing his musical conceptions and recognizing no conventional constraints.Desolation Row press release
In Metal/Crystal, French experimental guitarist and electronic musician Richard Pinhas summons the assistance of noise artists Merzbow (Masami Akita) from Japan and Wolf Eyes from USA to weave a spellbinding aural web that spans 2 CDs.Over the years, many artists in the 'noise arena' have expressed interest in his pioneering use of synthesizers and electronics in rock and contemporary music. Pinhas has likewise been intrigued by various areas of the ‘noise’ scene and Metal/Crystal, recorded "during these two worst years of my life" reflects these influences strongly. Metal/Crystal also intertwines some of the most radical electro-acoustic sonic innovations to emerge from three different continents: Europe, Asia and North America.
Pinhas has been ceaselessly innovative in a career spanning more than 30 years, and recently has been exploring areas of the international ‘noise’ scene. His newest release shows him working with two of that scene’s highest profile artists; Merzbow and Wolf Eyes are considered to be the premier ‘noise artists’ of their respective countries. Metal/Crystal is Pinhas’ second collaboration with Merzbow, the originator of Japanese noise music. It is Pinhas’ first release with Michigan's Wolf Eyes, whom he’s worked with since 2007. In addition to Merzbow and Wolf Eyes, Metal/Crystal features several of Pinhas’ longtime collaborators: Antoine Paganotti (drums), Didier Batard (bass), Patrick Gauthier (mini-Moog) (all ex members of Heldon and/or Magma); Jerome Schmidt (electronics), whom Pinhas has recorded and toured extensively with for 2 decades; and his son Duncan Pinhas (electronics), who also helped mix the album with Laurent Peyron and Francis Gernet.
The album’s artwork, by Yann Legendre
and Joy Burke, features intricate, back-and-white cartoon-like
drawings, with images hidden inside larger forms. The 6 lengthy tracks
on Metal/Crystal features some of Pinhas’ most melodic guitar riffs in
recent years, as well as his ‘noisiest’ sonic abstractions ever.
"We take it for granted today, but not too long ago, integrating electronics into a rock setting was something exotic and strange..... Heldon and Richard Pinhas are considered building blocks for whole schools of experimental rock music, and one of the few who rarely fail to deliver on the hype." – Pitchfork Media
"Richard Pinhas demonstrates that he is capable of contstructing some of the most formidable but exhilharating sonic edifices ever heard by mortal ears." – Bill Tilland, All Music Guide
Metatron is over 2 hours of spacey and flowing music that isn't afraid to rock out completely as well, by French electronic rock pioneer Richard Pinhas (on guitar and electronics), with Jerome Schmidt on laptop, drummer Antoine Paganotti (Magma) and ex-Heldon members Didier Batard (bass), Patrick Gauthier (minimoog) and Alain Renaud (guitar), as well as Chuck Oken, Jr. (Djam Karet) on synths and Philipe Simon on violin on one track each. While a lot of this is definitely comparable to Tranzition, his great last album, there really is a lot more rock involved this time around, as there are drums on the great majority of tracks. In addition to all the great music, there is a QuickTime video with footage from Richard and Jerome's 2004 North American tour.
Metatron press release
collectors of electronic music, some names have become legendary and
are present in every search list. These names include Richard Pnhas,
the leader of the French cult group Heldon." – Audion
guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one
of France's major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the
international development of electronic rock music, Pinhas' stature in
France is analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: the father figure
of an entire musical movement. The pioneering, aggressive music
produced by his band Heldon during the 1970s, fusing electronics,
guitar and rock, heralded the industrial and techno to come and remains
today vital and unsurpassed. On Tranzition,
Pinhas weaves beautiful, spacey, processed guitar tapestries, with
added color from laptop, violin and the drumming of Antoine Paganotti
of Magma. The voice of the late author Philip K. Dick can be heard on
"Moumoune girl", from a 1977 tape that he gave Pinhas. The BBC
described his recent guitar music as "Music that is in flux and stasis
at the same time, with an almost sculptural presence, stuffed with
overtones and rich textures." Tranzition is a multifaceted and richly
jeweled work in which cause and effect, acoustics and electronics,
taped sound and live playing change roles and even realities.
EVENT AND REPETITIONS
sporadic but constant thread in Pinhas’ music has been his
experimentation with guitar feedback, loops and effects boxes, even in
the early days of Heldon, as he tried to perfect his own version of
Frippertronics. Well, it has been a long time coming, but Event and
Repetitions may well signal the full realization of Pinhas’ long-time
vision. The drifting, hypnotic patterns of the five pieces on this CD?
have a shimmering beauty and depth that seems to suggest a destination
at the end of a long journey – and perhaps the beginning of a new
journey. Although the CD cover proclaims that all tracks were performed
live on guitar direct to digital recorder, many of the background
drones and even melody lines have such long sustains that they sound as
if they are being played on a huge cathedral organ rather than an
electric guitar. The mastery of technology here is not only impressive
– but also completely organic. Like all art that comes from the deeper
parts of the psyche, Event and Repetitions really transcends
classification." – Bill Tilland, All Music Guide
Event and Repetitions,
his first solo album in over 5 years, is over 75' of music performed
live in his studio with just guitar and processing systems. The music
is rich in depth, detail and texture.
SCHIZOTROPE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MARIE ZORN
project was born out of a desire to honor Richard's friend, the noted
philosopher Gilles Deleuze, who died in 1995. In 1998, Pinhas teamed up
with French 'cyber-punk' author Maurice Dantec and Schizotrope came to
North America in March 1999 for a series of shows. This album was
compiled from tapes of these shows.
Dantec reading from Deleuze’ works, accompanied by Pinhas playing
guitar, with sound electronically modulated in real-time by various
processors, this is a musically innovative, emotionally moving, and
conceptually rich fusion of those disciplines closest to Pinhas’ heart.
DWW was his final album from his initial period of work in the 70's/80's, but which was unreleased until the early 1990's.
Process and Reality press release
Mu press release
Chronolyse [Vinyl Reissue] press release
Welcome in the Void press release
Tikkun press release
Desolation Row press release
Metal/Crystal press release
Metal/Crystal press quotes
Metatron press release
Metatron press quotes
Other Richard Pinhas press quotes (Tranzition, Event & Repetitions, Marie Zorn & Fossil Culture)
4/15/2014: Richard Pinhas 2014 Tour!
12/21/13: Cuneiform Year in Review: 2013
8/30/2013: Richard Pinhas North American Tour 2013
5/17/2013: Richard Pinhas to release 'Desolation Row', Tour Japan & play SONAR Festival
5/2011: Richard Pinhas News, May 2011: World premiere concert with Merzbow and Wolf Eyes & USA/Canada tour with Duncan Pinhas
9/2010: Richard Pinhas News, September 2010: New shows and album with Merzbow and Wolf Eyes!
7/2010: Sonic Circuits announces the line-up for the 2010 festival which includes shows by Univers Zero and Richard Pinhas & Merzbow