From Woody Guthrie to hip hop. Eighty years since the crash of Wall Street, the Dust Bowl and the rise of dictatorships. Where are we today?
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Les yeux noirs
A Ukrainian song with new French lyrics and Olivier on the violin.
Nosferatu Act 1
Synthesizer keyboard music to go with this classic silent film (first act only so far, it takes time). Cover your neck!
Made using sounds recorded over a week in a hotel in Bangkok, room 3124.
The Atheist Blues is a defiant, upbeat and slightly silly track about laughing at the church...
Des amis au bar
Some piano in the corner of the Alma pub in Cambridge an evening after a Songsmith session.
Take a moment to imagine if the French Marseillaise was only about peace among all humans...
Made in the studio, shaped for the radio: it's simply a perfect song!
Lieber Ludwig: a Gypsy-Flamenco-Russian reply from Elise.
Le Réveil du papillon
The awakening of the butterfly, for acoustic guitar. To Bérengère and Alexis.
Bataille de neige
A piano piece to illustrate a historical snowball fight video in Paris, a few months after the liberation in 1944.
Last Frontier Blues
On board a train through the wilderness and life on Earth.
15 seconds of swing under the microscope.
A long piece in two parts, in the ocean and out of the water where dreams slide and vanish in the sand. You can listen to the second part here and the whole piece in the full article.
A reference to Isaac Asimov's Foundation science-fiction novels, entirely created using Splat and some field recordings.
A little swingy piano piece about long summer evenings, and piano tuning.
Feather In Your Hair
A small song for my friend's 40th birthday.
An explosive song about the music industry, with field recordings of trains, fireworks and thunderstorm.
二人の明暗 (futari no meian)
The light and darkness of two people who meet. Although it's not traditional Japanese music, it is under its influence. There are no words but a Haiku (only in English for now).
Dedicated in memoriam to Suzy.
Madame le Soleil-Levant
New personal French translation of "The House of the Rising Sun" with a reggae twist. It's part of FMA's Revitalize Music Contest.
Splat is a generative audio programme written in Python. You can already listen to a piece created with it called "Dew Drop". Splat can be used to create many different kinds of sounds, noises and music of course.
A distorted perception of time passing by for 2'13", trapped in paper clockworks. The mechanical randomness in the little notes is the characteristic thing about it.
Tragedy in Los Angeles
There are no angels in Los Angeles... This song had been sleeping in a drawer for many years before being finally recorded, now it has matured enough.
Happy New year
Happy New Year 2013! This is an Android application that plays a "Happy New Year" song with random notes on the vibraphone, and random harmony but still within the chords. You can press a few buttons.
Many Happy Returns
This song was originally written for the Free Music Archive's "New Happy Birthday Song" contest. The problem with the "Happy Birthday To You" song everybody knows is that everybody also has to pay $10,000 to the current copyright holders...
Pop Sweet Pop
Please do not get me wrong, this is not a pop song. It's rather a song about pop songs, or perhaps a post-pop song, or whatever. Of course you're allowed to laugh and have an ice cream while you're listening to it.