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Music has no frontiers. Electronic instruments allow us to compose music to the millisecond. All kind of sounds and harmonies can be meticulously blended like never before. The sound generation sources are the most varied. Synthesizers can emulate real and imaginary. Digital recordings authorise one to capture the real to faithfully replay it, to make it perfect or even to fully transform it. Even mathematical or scientific sound tools take part to the artistic activities. Musical composition becomes close to the architecture in which each sound idea has to be sculpted to become a real event. Finally, the piece composed thanks to the synthesizers is a thread for the listener who discovers intended sonic pictures. Electronic music is figurative. It's music but it's also history and travel

Sylvain Kepler is French composer who proposes another version of techno rhythms : the sound material isn't frozen any more but is really alive. Taking advantage of a Discovery shuttle flight ticket, in the way of a 21st Century Cristopher Colombus, his music invites us to explore sonic worlds featuring undefinable reflections. Throughout some synchronous reflected melodies, also tinted with both positivism and melancholy, telluric hummings, atmospheric choirs, sunny climates, oxyacetylenic rains, twinklings in levitation, and other cloudy calmness, atmospheres are meeting...


Sylvain's first conceptual album, issued in 1998, titled EXPLORA was dedicated to Claudie Haigneré (born Andre-Deshays), the first French female astronaut, currently French Minister for Research and New technologies.

Last years, sounds from misc origins ( Icebergs, Waterfalls, Geysers, Mudpots, Sulfatars, Windmills, Glaciers, Butterflies, Polar Desert Aurora VLF sounds…) were digitally recorded in Ireland, Iceland, Greenland etc... and represent by now a rich raw material source for sound design works. Today, Sylvain studies in the field of electronics engineering and prepares another album due to be released end of 2008. The title and the concept, which will be depicted through his next album, are kept secret until the decisive time of the production. By now, Kyma (together with the Hartmann Neuron synthesizer) definitely takes part in his sound works.

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