Micro:Mega – Photosphene (Noise Museum, 1999)


CD Noise Museum NM072032 (France, 04-1999)

01. Invisible Hand
02. Dune
03. Sea of Styrofoam
04. Outpouring of the Soul
05. Forgotten Landscape
06. Bridges over a Lethal Sky
07. Purple
08. Disapperance
09. Man Who Never Existed
10. Rumor & Wall…
11. Because my Flesh Is Yours

Sylvain Chauveau – keyboards, guitar, voice
Frédéric Luneau – sampler, guitar, voice, flute
Recorded and mixed at Huge Sound System between June and November 1998

Speaking about music, one sometimes hesitates to use those overused words which are deprived of their original meaning. « Activist » is one of them. Nevertheless, it seems particularly adapted to the two musicians of micro:mega.
For two men in their thirties, Sylvain Chauveau and Frédéric Luneau have indeed an impressive musical background. Frédéric is one of the founders of the band Löbe Radiant Dub System (4 LP released) and has been running the project Webcam (electro dub) on his own for a few years. He’s also a talented photgrapher , creator of micro:mega’s records artworks.
Sylvain was a member of the Watermelon Club before launching into a brilliant solo career. After his « Livre Noir du Capitalisme » (The Black Book of Capitalism) which seduced the critics in 2000. His second album « Nocturne impalpable » has received huge positive feedback. he released a miniCD, « Un autre décembre » (Another December) for FatCat and opened for Sigur Ros european dates in 2003. His last album is the original soundtrack music composed for the film « Des plumes dans la tête » directed by Thomas de Thier (Official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, 2003). Sylvain Chauveau also has some parallel projects: Arca, with Joan Cambon and On, with Steven Hess, from Chicago.
This enumeration isn’t gratuitous, it enables us to understand, at least partly, where the richness and diversity of micro:mega’s universe come from. Already endowed with very different sensibilities, the two musicians have drawn from their different experiences a marked taste for the use of a variety of materials and instruments and a great deftness in the mixing of multiple sound strata.
Thanks to that, the pair can smoothly conjugate electronic and organic and establish links between Labradford and Pan American’s America, Autechre’s England, Yann Tiersen’s Brittany and Pan Sonic’s Finland, without ever forgetting what melody means.
(Ici d’Ailleurs)

FR Premier album du projet de Frédéric Luneau et Sylvain Chauveau, et ça vieillit mieux que ce que j’aurais imaginé. Assez prenant.
ENG Micro:Mega was Frédéric Luneau and Sylvain Chauveau, Photosphene was their first album on the ambient/industrial/experimental label Noise Museum. If you remember Chauveau’s Black Book of Capitalism

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