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Francis Gorge, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Shiroc

Defense de (Lp)

Label: Fauni Gena, Wah Wah Records

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

In stock


First ever vinyl reissue of this cult album from 1975. Défense de was the first album of Jean-Jacques Birgé and Francis Gorgé, before founding Un Drame Musical Instantane with Bernard Vitet in 1976. They had started to play together while at high school, and on their debut LP they were joined by percussionist Shiroc (who also played in Speed Limit). The album's four tracks were recorded in the family apartment of free jazz producer Sebastien Bernard, who had several nice instruments belonging to his father, like a pipe organ, an electric piano, a xylophone and a cello, a.o. The songs were taped on an 8-track recorder and also feature Antoine Duvernet from Urban Sax, who added tenor sax. Shiroc and pianist Jean-Louis Bucchi (also from Speed Limit) joined the duo some months later and the songs they feature in were recorded live in studio.

Birgé and Gorgé gigged as a trio with Shiroc, sometimes with the addition of Gilles Rollet on further percussion. The resulting sounds were released on the 'June Sessions' DVD (included as a free bonus on this LP).
The DVD will include the experimental movie La Nuit Du Phoque made by Jean-Jacques Birge and Bernard Mollerat in 1974. The movie is a mix between avant-garde French movie and experimental ambience which takes the viewer back in time to 1974. The second part of the DVD will include 'June Sessions' which are very long pieces made by the trio (or quartet at times). Total of about 6 hours of music and 40 minutes movie in a Double LP & DVD set.

"A really unique little record that's somewhere between the avant compositional world of Varese and Stockhausen, and lots of the later industrial experiments in years to come! The duo play a range of cool keyboards – which seem heavily processed at some points, especially the noisy ones" DustyGroove

Cat. number: FAUNI017
Year: 2013
Tracks A1 and B1 recorded in March 75 at Sébastien Bernard's place, mixed at GGB Studio. Tracks A2 and B2 recorded at Studio A.D.A.M., August 75. Comes with liner notes written by Jean-Jacques Birgé, sticker on front sleeve, and a reissue of the MIO Records DVD containing nearly 6 hours of rare tracks and Jean-Jacques Birgé/Bernard Mollerat film 'La nuit du phoque".

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