Wednesday, March 20, 2013

'Entrailles' by Franck Vigroux.

ENTRAILLES - Extraits - Excerpts from APRÈS LA GUERRE on Vimeo.

French sound sculptor Franck Vigroux has done some excellent work lately. Some time ago he released the fine album 'We (Nous Autres)' on D'Autres Cordes. On the other hand he's been working a lot with Belgian video artist Kurt D' Haeseleer. His latest project is a dvd called 'Entrailles' ('Insides') shot with Gregory Robin in a deserted coalmine in Saint-Etienne in France. It's very apt surroundings for Vigroux. You see some eerie and stark images of machines, name tags, empty elevators going up and down the mine shaft. In the middle of it all Vigroux experiments cooly with his digital music machines. In a bit more than a half an hour you see him shifting from abstract noise to some chopped down beats. But the most interesting moment is when he straps on a red guitar - Vigroux is in fact a guitarist - for some real guitar noise. The dvd is in fact well balanced. The attention shifts from Vigroux to the deserted mine and then back to the musician. The contrast is there. The dvd felt a bit too short but it's well worth a view...

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