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Frédérick Rousseau


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Frederick Rousseau (born 1958, Paris) belongs to the generation that witnessed the beginning of New Age music and the explosion of technologic applications to the entertainment world. His musical research is based on electronic sounds that he mixes with ethnic instruments, classical orchestras and to voices of all tones, colours and provenances.
During his adolescence, after a piano training in classical music, he tried every pop instrument (including bass guitar, drums, electric guitar and percussions) and finally chose the keyboards.

After completing his studies in electronics, he was hired by the Defense Nationale in 1978 to work on the final tests of the neutronic head, the detonator for the French atomic bomb. His playful and undisciplined personality did not fit into this austere and rigid environment. After two years, he quit.

In 1980, he met Francis Mandin, a young enthusiastic electronic music fan, who convinced him to become a partner in Music Land, a music store in Paris and a laboratory for future electronic instruments.

In 1981, after working on the finalization of the first polyphonic sequenser by MDB, he met Jean Michel Jarre, who was looking for a musical programmer capable of manipulating this instrument for his China Tour. With the help of this new technology, Rousseau was able to reproduce on stage all the sequences that had taken months to record, without having to use playback tapes. This unforgettable experience marked a turn in his career. Returning to Paris, his adventure continued with his participation in the recording of the live album Concerts en Chine.


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