Extraordinary Tales Of A Lemon Girl is an epic soundtrack, a trilogy equally inspired by glorious Italian Gialli than the odysseys from Homer, Lewis Carroll or James Joyce. Divided in three sections depicting a « fruity » Lemon girl’s nonsensical journeys to oneiric lands.
Once again Philippe Petit offers a thematic framework, whose musical script only aims at revealing a beginning and its ending while inviting the listener to wander along the variety of sounds, melodies, textures, themes… Surprise, surprise…
Chapter II: Fire-walking To Wonderland
While “Oneiric Rings On Grey Velvet” was more of an orchestral soundtrack this second chapter totally shows Philippe Petit‘s struggle not to issue similar albums one after another. “Fire-Walking To Wonderland” is more direct since to preserve spontaneity every part was recorded in one take.
Most of the instrumentation is live/acoustic instruments with an aim to preserve their natural sounding or being treated and totally unrecognizable. You will hear music coming from electric psalterion + cymbalum + guitars + processed acoustics/field recordings + voices + turntables + percussions and even inflatable balloons forming a sonic choreography using space/time, in a multi-dimensional way, spatializing sounds with an electro-acoustic approach and still showing great attention to dynamics.
The relation that lies between silence and noise being of the utmost interest for Petit. Though not musically trained/educated, Petit obviously lies outside the classical genre but his scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner.
Extraordinary Tale Of A Lemon Girl continues his investigations into the boundaries of extant, contemporary scoring through the lens of modern cinema. These ideas were initiated in his album Henry: The Iron Man (Aagoo/Beta Lactam Ring Records), A Scent Of Garmambrosia (Aagoo Rds), Silk-Screened (Trace Recordings) and continued with Fiends With A Face his duo with James Johnston (Dirter Promotion) or OFF TO TITAN: his recontextualisation of Gustav Mahler‘s first symphony out on Karl Rds.
Philippe Petit is interested in soundtracks; even if he creates original music he’d rather be introduced as a “musical travel agent” than a composer. Petit uses an Electric Psalterion and Hackbrett Cymbalum + computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings.
To second the machine he likes to move various glasses, or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds.
A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical activist, Petit has celebrated 28 years of activism, sharing his musical passions as the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.
Aside his solo works, Petit has assembled what people call a dream-team of collaborators, often joining Lydia Lunch or Faust onstage, and working with: Foetus, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), Murcof, My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Cindytalk, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe and many more…
He is also the founder (w/ Hervé Vincenti) of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness.
Formats : CD/LP Boxset/mp3
Catalog Number CD : AGO048
Catalog Number Boxset : AGO045
Barcode LP : No
Release Date : June 26 2012
1. Movement I
2. Movement II
3. Movement III
4. Movement IV
5. Movement V
LP Boxset (3 Albums) : $42.00 + Shipping costs
CD (Chapter II) : $10.00 + Shipping costs
Immediate Download (3 albums) : $6.99
iTunes (3 albums) : $9.99