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Musique Noise

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(1986 – 1994)

Musique Noise belongs to the string of French groups that found their main inspiration in Magma’s music, but it sounds very different than most of them. Most of the “” groups (the style derived from Magma’s legacy) focused on further developing Christian Vander’s martial rhythms and dark rituals. Musique Noise turned its collective attention to the lighter side of things, using intricate three-part vocal arrangements, positive energy, and a sense of humor rarely found in this field. The group released only one album during its eight years of existence.

The name does not translate to “noise music.” “Noise” is an Old French word meaning quarrel — “chercher des noises” means looking for trouble. Bassist Frédéric Huynh, keyboardist Denis Levasseur, and drummer Philippe Zarka were members of autopsie, a group also including ex-Eskaton keyboardist Xavier De Raymond. When it collapsed in early 1986, the three of them recruited old friends Jean-Philippe Gallet (lead singer, saxophone) and Marc Montella (trumpet) to write a new arrangement of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, a work at the heart of the aesthetics of . The project was abandoned but the quintet began to write some original material, keeping in mind their intention of bringing Orff’s choirs into rock music.
In the summer of 1986, two classically trained singers, Isabelle Bruston and Cornélia Schmid, joined the band. Then came a period of activity during which Musique Noise gave its first concerts in small Parisian clubs and began work on what would turn out to be its sole album.

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