October 5th, 2012Par Michel Gaubert dans SHOW INSIDER. (Dernière mise à jour : November 8th, 2012)
1. "Tick Of The Clock"
3. "I Want Your Love"
4. "Running Up That Hill"
5. "Kill For Love"
Photo © Delphine Achard
July 5th, 2012Par Michel Gaubert dans SHOW INSIDER. (Dernière mise à jour : July 30th, 2012)
Fall-Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture
1. Hercules And Love Affair "Be With You"
2. Joakim "Labyrinth" (Club Mix)
3. The Rapture "In The Grace Of Your Love" (Pional Remix)
October 18th, 2011Par Michel Gaubert dans SHOW INSIDER. (Dernière mise à jour : October 19th, 2012)
As she transitioned into her next song at the intimate after-party gig, Florence Welch spoke softly into the microphone, “It’s incredible: Karl and I met this summer for a photoshoot, he told me about the runway show in October, his inspiration and the all-white underwater decor, and he said, ‘You should come and perform at the show’. I never thought it would happen, and I certainly didn’t imagine that I’d be standing singing in a white seashell in front of 2500 people."
"What The Water Gave Me" just so happens to be the name of a hit track on the new Florence and the Machine album to be released in late October. As far as Karl Lagerfeld was concerned, this coincidence was reason enough for him to style himself a modern-day Lohengrin and set the tone for the show’s soundtrack.
Florence performed as the closing styles paraded across the runway. With her incomparable voice, there was no question of preceding her act with another singer. The music was instead conceived as an integral part of the collection, complementing the idea of an imaginary underwater world, graphic styles and aquatic colors, bodies dripping with pearls and faces softened by the wet-look hairstyles of models gliding across under-the-sea decor that seemed to belong on some strange unfamiliar planet.
Although we will never know the true mermaid’s song, and haven’t really tried to know it, the build-up to the show was marked by a yearning for mythology. Hence the eclectic selection of electronic and orchestral renditions of Wagnerian works: Ride of the Valkyries (subtitled "nervous") was heard in a version by experimental musician Curd Duca, and in a more classical interpretation by Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. But the Grand Palais is no concert hall. A runway show needs a certain energy, which is why an album by Gui Borratto, an electronic music producer from Sao Paulo, was chosen to provide the rhythmic backdrop for this ostensibly unnatural marriage that came together like a match made in heaven. A flurry of harp glissando – resurrected from an old B52’s CD! – announced Florence’s emergence from a giant gleaming seashell like a true Lorelei, her voice and hair charming the spectators and putting a spring in the step of the models.
The soundtrack was produced exclusively for the Grand Palais show, thus preserving the magic of the moment.
Photo © Olivier Saillant
October 18th, 2011Par Michel Gaubert dans SHOW INSIDER. (Dernière mise à jour : October 19th, 2012)
Spring-Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear
1. Curd Duca "Nervous Ride Of The Valkyrie"
2. Plastikman "Snares"
3. Gui Boratto "Strike"
4. Gui Boratto "The Drill"
5. Richard Wagner "Tristan Und Isolde Opera, Wwv 90 Prelude"
6. Richard Wagner "Tristan Und Isolde Opera Wwv 90 Liebestod"
7. Curd Duca "Whistle Tannhauser"
8. Plastikman "Rides And Snares"
9. Florence and the Machine "What The Water Gave Me"
January 13th, 2011Par Michel Gaubert dans THE PLACES. (Dernière mise à jour : September 4th, 2012)
Artist: Maxence Cyrin
Title: Behind The Wheel (Depeche Mode) (Written by Martin Gore)
Album: Modern Rhapsodies
After the traditional Passeggieta, a leisurely stroll through the world of Chanel - doll houses, Haute Couture gowns compressed under sheets of Plexiglas, a peek into the pocket of a 2.55 bag - the guests at Palazzo Morando were treated to a performance by the pianist Maxence Cyrin.
Having always been fascinated by electronic music and pop music in general, Maxence Cyrin gives these piano melodies a very personal touch. He has released two albums ‘Modern Rhapsodies’ and ‘Novo Piano’, in which we can discover his interpretation of the favorite tunes that accompany him during his evening strolls.
For Chanel, he swaps his piano for a harpsichord painted in 17th Century style and plays melodies by Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin, Blur, Daft Punk, Pixies and Britney Spears… a mixture of different centuries that perfectly sees out the decade.
October 20th, 2010Par Michel Gaubert dans SHOW INSIDER. (Dernière mise à jour : September 4th, 2012)
JARDIN D'EDEN - THOMAS ROUSSEL
It all started with a wisecrack made by Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel Studio in July this year.
While we were talking about the October fashion show, a French-style garden setting in the Grand Palais and Last Year at Marienbad as inspiration for the collection, Karl was wondering what we should do for music. He was quick to come up with the idea of a philarmonic orchestra.
It was quite an idea since we had to get an orchestra of 80 musicians to play bang in the centre of the Grand Palais, a magical location by all standards whose accoustics are not its best feature.
Thomas Roussel, a young conductor with great ideas, was to be the man for the job; a man of talent who is always a pleasure to work with. During our discussions, we came up with the idea of making a soundtrack that was to be our version of Last Year at Marienbad, as the original score, composed by Francis Seyrig, would have been slightly nerve-racking to present the collection.
We therefore decided to do interpretations of rather well-known pop culture tracks, hinting at the audience without revealing too much from the first keys. We focused on two tracks by Bjork, ‘Isobel’ and ‘Bachelorette’, as they already are like mini-symphonies of their own with elaborate string arrangements that we mixed with a cult theme from John Barry and Thomas' exclusive composition ‘Jardin d'Eden’ before closing with the sweeping violin crescendos of ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ a track made famous by The Verve when in fact they borrowed it from the Rolling Stones when it was called ‘The Last Time’.
For two months, we swapped sounds back and forth. Thomas wrote his score on his computer, a bit like a pattern maker making his toile, waiting for final approval prior to transcribe the score for each group of instruments.
In total there were to be eight rehearsals to practice the score and adapt it to the fashion show. The first rehearsal was the trickiest because it was held in an outside venue and the musicians from the Lamoureux orchestra discovered for the first time the melodies and arpeggios they will have to fine tune within the next 48 hours. The violins screeched somewhat and the tempo was slightly off. In the beginning it is always like that and Thomas had the situation under control while I was the only one concerned with the sound being offbeat.
The night before the show, the Grand Palais was amazing with the gardens looking like they had always belonged there. Upon Karl's arrival we gave the 'go' to the conductor and the models started walking the gravel alleys in their everyday clothes, their attitude enhanced by the surroundings and the soundtrack that now sounds perfect. It is the most priviledged moment in the process of the making of a show, when all the pieces from the different players come together making Karl's vision a reality. Everything feels fresh and fragile, making the ephemeral desirable forever.
On D-Day, the orchestra walks up to, looking impeccable in their custom made Chanel cardigans, both taken and reserved by the idea of playing more than their part in this unusual production. 5-4-3-2-1 Go!
Time stands still, we hold our breath, we have to do it and do it well, it is a live performance and there is no room for error.
The models dressed in silver tweeds and feathers much loved by Mademoiselle appear from each side of the grand staircase, becoming the protagonists of ‘Next Year at Marienbad’.
Two months of work, nineteen-minutes of show but our emotions will remain engraved in our memories forever.
Thomas Roussel composed ‘Jardin d’Eden’, exclusively for the web broadcast of the fashion show.
August 9th, 2010Par Michel Gaubert dans COLLECTOR. (Dernière mise à jour : August 30th, 2012)
KELE: THE BOXER
After eight years as the lead singer of British indie rock band Bloc Party, Kele is packing a hard punch on dance floors where Eurodance is considered taboo. The album is a flawless collaboration with XXXChange and will win over the most reluctant of combat sports fans.
Sunny and psychedelic, far removed from the popular charts and beyond reproach, the Walls' eponymous album transports the listener to the pulsing heart of summer raves, or beneath a starry summer sky.
SLEIGH BELLS: TREATS
(MOM + POPS RECORDS)
The Brooklyn duo has released an album with adrenaline-charged sound and no artificial sweeteners. Capable of blowing away the front of the house (or the first rows of fashion shows!), this “wall of sound” is twice as good live.
THE ROLLING STONES: EXILE ON MAINSTREET REISSUE (BOX SET)
(ROLLING STONES RECORDS)
If only for So Divine (Aladdin Story) and the DVD that tells the story of how the album took shape at the Villa Nellcôte. Its decadent look and sound make you wish you could have been there with Mick, Keith, Anita and the rest of the crew.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: THIS IS HAPPENING
James Murphy’s unparalleled talent as a songwriter and producer is confirmed with this album. Dance Yourself Clean features acerbic musings that are full of meaning and characteristic of Murphy's dry humor. To be played over and over on your iPod.
THE BLACK KEYS: BROTHERS
A modern take on 1970s rock ‘n’ roll with an album cover inspired by the Stax Records label, the Black Keys’ new album transports us to their home state of Ohio.
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS: FURTHER
Their chemical formula is unique: it’s noisy and effective and, with its horse neighing infused with throbbing beats, Horsepower is no exception. Nor is Escape to Velocity, which builds up to gigantic heights of euphoria. For an even more super-charged experience, each song features its own music video.
VARIOUS: DISCO DEVIANCE
Get your dancing shoes ready and dance like no one is watching to disco samples in sublime simplicity. For those who like to lose themselves to the beat, in platforms or stilettos, Psycho Killer is perfect for a stylish night of disco fever.
BEST OF BANGERS R MASHED VOL 2
With music by Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson and the Beatles, the London Sound System serves up blends of pure dub reggae joy for one amazing mash-up whose sound is unpretentious yet delightfully full-throttle.
JANELLE MONAE: THE ARCHANDROID
(THE WONDALAND ARTS SOCIETY)
A new voice in the world of soul, Janelle Monáe has entered the music scene with plenty of personality and ambition, reflected in songs such as Tightrope featuring Outkast’s Big Boi.
With a look reminiscent of Earth, Wind and Fire’s signature style, she breaks away from the mold set by fellow American soul sisters, who rely on their stylists for success.
BECK RECORD CLUB
Beck’s Record Club gathers different musicians with the goal of recording an album in a day. Keep up to date by watching and listening every week on your iPad. Currently featuring music by Inxs, Velvet Underground, St. Vincent, Feist and Devendra.
MOUNT KIMBIE: CROOKS AND LOVERS
The nineties are back and what better ambassador for the decade than Mount Kimbie? With their much anticipated debut album, Crooks & Lovers, the band invites us into the world of post-dubstep and electronic fusion soundscaping. The sound is reminiscent of Bristol-born Tricky, Massive Attack and Brixton dub, the XX love it. An abstract soundtrack for summer 2010.
DIRTY PROJECTORS AND BJÖRK: MOUNT WITTENBERG ORCA
These two artists have come together for an unlikely vocal collaboration at the “summit” of Mount Wittenberg. Björk and Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors have created multi-part harmonies that interpret the voices of whales seen off of the California coast. Björk sings the part of the mom whale for a surprising, provocative sound.
July 9th, 2010Par Michel Gaubert (Dernière mise à jour : August 30th, 2012)
1. Timothy Andres "Antennae"
Shy and Mighty, Nonesuch Records, 2010
2. Lou Reed and John Cale "Small Town"
Songs For Drella, Sire/Warner Records, 1990
3. Chilly Gonzales "Never Stop (Piano-Pella)"
Phantasy Sound Limited, 2010
4. Gonzales "Knight Moves"
Ivory Tower, Arts & Crafts, 2010
July 7th, 2010Par Michel Gaubert (Dernière mise à jour : September 11th, 2012)
At the age of 24, Timothy Andres, whose influences include John Adams, Philip Glass and Brahms, has written ten movements for two pianos. These are elemental musical scores from a composer who uses piano keys as if they were on an electronic keyboard.
Astonishing compositions such as "Antennae" and "How Can I Live in Your World of Ideas" have moved American critics to observe that this new music cannot be intimidating when it is played with such delicacy and zest, or even that his compositions demonstrate that his musical education closely incorporates such elements from his environment as graphic art, technology, photography and cooking.
Timothy Andres has just released his first album "Shy and Mighty", under the prestigious Nonesuch label and he has been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to compose a work of chamber music, which will be conducted by John Adams.
1 - Antennae (Album Version)
2 - How Can I Live In Your World Of Ideas (Album Version)
Nonesuch Records 2010