Label: Bureau B
Bureau B present a reissue of Richard Pinhas's Rhizosphere,
originally released in 1977. Richard Pinhas is one of the most
important French electronic space rock musicians. Following five albums
with his band Heldon, he released his first solo record in 1977. Backed by Heldon's congenial drummer François Auger
but no longer bound by the group dynamic, he explores his freshly
purchased Moog modular system in search of new sounds. It marked a
departure into new realms. "We don't need new technique: everybody has a
technique. We need new sounds. Trying to find new sounds is difficult."
Finding new sounds is the task Pinhas set for himself on Rhizosphere.
Not long before, he had acquired a Moog modular synthesizer, then
settled into his home studio and began a committed relationship with his
new instrument. Rhizosphere wasn't his first solo recording with the Moog -- Chronolyse was made a year earlier and released in 1978 -- but it was the first to be released. On four of its five tracks, Rhizosphere
presents just the 25-year-old Pinhas and his synth alone together, a
melding of man and machine that gradually becomes an expansive,
outward-bound journey. Pinhas's simple approach spawned a galaxy of
diverse sounds and ideas. Each track on Rhizosphere inhabits
its own mini-universe sonically and emotionally. The range of moods
traversed is stunning. The only other human being on Rhizosphere
is drummer François Auger, who accompanies Pinhas on the title track.
The escalating arc of its 18-minute run plays like a moonbound
rocket-trip, with pulsing synth and roaming percussion made all the more
otherworldly by the decision to filter Auger's cymbals through an AKS
modular synthesizer. In science, the word "rhizosphere" means the layer
of soil that surrounds and is altered by the roots of a plant. Using it
as an album title suggests music as a kind of Möbius strip, creating its
own nourishment, feeding off of its own discoveries in order to find
more. But for Pinhas the choice was philosophically-inspired: he adopted
it from a book about arithmetic by his academic mentor Gilles Deleuze.
"It's about no gods, no sentimental things," he explains. "It means
everything is the same until an event appears on a planet ... maybe
music." Music as an emerging phenomenon, puncturing the surface of
what's come before: Richard Pinhas certainly found what he was looking
for on Rhizosphere. 2018 remaster by Willem Makkee.
Cat. number: BB279CD