most banal question... your bio...
started doing fanzines and radio in the mid eighties. In the early
nineties I launched the label Pandemonium Rdz. to
document Noïz, Post-HC, Experimental musics... The definition of the term
Pandemonium is : "A wild state of noise and disorder". Which was
a pretty good definition for the kind of music I started to release. It
evolved closer to beautiful ambiences, instrumental/"cinematic"
sonorities ... Twisted, odd but enthralling and melodious at the same
time. A parallel music for perpendicular feelings
Over the years, the purpose was to promote bands I enjoy and give
to the music I love some of the recognition it deserves. 41 records came
out on Pandemonium and its Erase –yer- Head split single club.
i saw that u worked with
another label. what initiate u to start another...
basic idea is still to share the music i like with as many people as
possible, help talented musicians to express their talent, their art.
Motivations are the same, music is very much based upon ambiences,
experimenting new forms of creation but instead of being played
acoustically it is done through electronics.
had done some electronic on Pandemonium : the only album free-jazz gurus
Alboth! ever composed using computers, Spaceheads, Hint, Andy’s Car
Crash so I could have kept the name and focus the direction only.
I wanted to start it all again from the beginning, to break the daily
routine of a label which has been in operation for quite a while, to start
working with different partners in distribution, different creators, a
different scene… I needed to rejuvenate and get that excitement one gets
when one start a new experience.
what is your criterion for choosing bands for signing...
They are people I respect, who have
been developping good music for a while, dare I say mature people that i
can share experience with.
how did u choose this name for a label and what it means...
is the noise done by electronic devices when they call us human beings
have a radio program, whats the concept
the same idea, to spread the word on music i like. I also book live events
in marseille every month to help develop that independant/uncommercial
how will u describe the sound of your label
hope it isn’t easy, because i do not wish that my label be associated to
only one sound. I do not want to be pigeon holed, and that the audience
knew what to expect when they see a BiP_HOp record. The common points are
that electronic is used and present in the way of composing/creating the
sounds, it could be called new electronica, ambient, soundscapes,
cinematica, IDM, experimental, whatever but each record are different one
from another. I hope to document electronica that is challenging the ears
and the mind.
what do u understand under microsound
silent, environmental experimental music… The “less is more”
definition is in the name.
your label cares much about design of releases. what is your
opinion about fusion between music and design
is very important for me to propose honest
prices, good quality & beautifully packaged music which pay justice to
well designed music.
of bands have been important for me in the past 25 years, so I’ll try to
name a few and for sure will forget to mention some… Kraftwerk, Suicide,
Cramps, Black Flag, Joy Division, Cynics, Bauhaus, Cabaret Voltaire,
Autechre, early Oval, Crass, Pharoah Sanders, Minor Threat, PanSonic,
Naked City, Jam, John Coltrane, Ramones, Boney M, Damned, Fernandel, Kim
Fowley, Sonic Youth, Ground Zero, Boredoms, Kas Product, Big Black, Metal
Urbain, Tuxedomoon, Swamp Rats, P.I.L., Dracula cha cha cha, Pierre Henry,
early Madonna, X-Ray Specs, Velvet Underground, Alice Donut, Steve Reich,
Birthday Party, Radio Birdman, Mono Men, Scientists, Gun Club, Killing
Joke, Turbonegro, Bjork, Dead Kennedys… The list could go on…
12K is on your top label list, why. and what about the others
(Kraak)3, Carpark, F?llt, Staugbold, Diskono, Rune Gramophon, Lucky
Kitchen, Morr Music are labels which pay attention to both packaging and
issuing interesting music, they are not running a business but expressing
their passion and issued some good records in 2001. This is why I had them
in my top labels list, people need to know them. I feel close to the way
you had putted albums
in chronological order, can u pick one witch will
take 1st position
it would change everyday, depending on my mood, and i hate classifications
bip-hop generations u have artists that r not officialy on your label, why
u put artists from other labels on compilations that have to present the
label, and labels sound
do not misunderstand my work, my goal is not to rappresent the sound of
the label. I’m more ambitious, in a good way, as I started with a desire
to create an international document of today's
creative forms of Electronica, an anthology of the state of modern
electronic art and sound design. My label was nothing and could only exist
because of these talented sound assemblers, so they aren’t presenting
the label, on the contrary i hope that BiP_HOp could help them to receive
whats going on in france with experimental music
music is a term that encompasses too many genres, styles so I won’t be
able to reply extensively, there are a lot of free-Jazz, improv., noisy
rock, deviant pop and electronica. It is the same all over the world,
lotsa people play music but there are few avenues for them to present it.
Petit, manager of the french based record label Bip Hop Label selects his
top labels / albums for 2001:
single-only labels :
albums (in chronological order from most recent to older one) :
Rococo Rot : Kolner breit (Staugbold)
Poirier : il n'y a pas de sud (12K)
Ambarchi : suspension (Touch)
Masakatsu : pia (Carpark)
Mathieu & Ekkehard Ehlers : heroin (Bronbron)
: ilisu (Morr)
: endless summer (Mego)
Birds : panorama (Deluxe)
24 mini CD series "Invallid Objects" (Fдllt)
: circulation (Komplott)
Mathieu : frequency lib (Mille Plateaux)
Bianca : gravity = love (Kraak3)
Akiyama : hope that lines don't cross (Substractif)
: supermogadon (Carpark)
: 9 types of ambiguity (Sonig)
: until tomorrow (Morr Music)
: rausch (12K)
Jelinek : loop finding-jazz records (~Scape)
Kostrow : the great flashing tracks from ivona (Stora)
: clip-hop (Raster-Noton)
De Blonde : hidden rabbit (Tomlab)
: shape-space (Fatcat)
358 : frame (12K )
: assembler (Fallt)
Stavostrand : lite (Mitek)
Michigan : hey love (Kraak3)
every BiP_HOp (obviously I have been listening to them heavily...)