Brand new chapter in the saga of the legendary french composer Francois de Roubaix: built from home recording sessions with puppet master and co-composer Bernard Maitre (involving their unique collection of crypto-instruments collected from all over the globe), this first-time ever release of soundtrack for children puppet show "Les Onix" definitely might be ranked as one of the most unusually intimate and unfettered sonic items ever produced by Francois de Roubaix. From rubber duck marching brass bands to mutant swinging pans, expect classy miniatures and raw bruitist soundscapes, hawaian interlude or proto-funky chase featuring cracked up ocarinas, obsessive rattles, vintage drum machines and a consistent amount of analog synths, all revealing a unique and playfull sense of accuracy in their use. Exclusive and previously unreleased material, digitalised from original master tapes, wrapped in deluxe package with full booklet designed, photos and detailed liner notes (english & french). Artwork & Layout by Jean-Philippe Bretin A WeMe rds and Biceps rds co-release.
"Listening to the collection you have to wonder what on earth these kids were watching. In this 23-track anthology there are talking springs, ‘monster generators’, fanfares on speed, whole sequences that feel like syncopated, upside-down merry-go-rounds, a plenitude of groans, squeaks, distorted voices, irregulars drums, echoed recorders and intensely high-pitched synths. And then there’s the odd car-chase melody, industrial clangs, foley sound – footsteps, machinery being wound up, cars and cackles – and the odd Morricone-style countryside waltz. Tracking down the images to these compositions is tricky, but a record like this makes me think of the importance of what you hear as a child, how it shapes your taste, your ears and your mind. Remember parents, the kids shows of today are the techno of tomorrow." ACCwords