Aagoo Records presents the re-release of PHILLIPE PETIT’s acclaimed first album, Henry: The Iron Man. Originally released on CD by Beta-Lactam Ring Records in 2009, this seminal work is now available on glorious vinyl.
Petit considers himself a “musical travel agent” and Henry marks his maiden voyage over soundscapes of the unconscious. Inspired one night while sleepwalking on a lost country road, Philippe dreamt that Shinya Tsukamoto was working on a blurred remake of Eraserhead, and in the dream, Petit knew that he was to score the soundtrack of Henry’s mutation into an Iron Man. And so this dream sowed the seed for an album that Petit would make real.
Exploiting the physical virtues of vinyl, Petit manipulates the material, fondling cracks and releasing noises until they resonate into a vertiginous movement of sound. The result is both sonic and visual: a conjuring of flashes, grainy black and white pops, behind-the-scenes close-ups, and rapid nightmarish stop-motion effects. Henry: The Iron Man is not only about Henry’s transformation; it’s a journey for the listener who transforms as well.
Packaged in silkscreened paper sleeves (with some creasing).
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 : LP/mp3
Catalog Number : AGO030
Release Date : January 25 2011
1. Salaryman’s Dream
2. In Tokyo Henry Spencer is Fine
3. Lady in the Radiator meets the Fetishist
LP : $12.00 + Shipping costs
Immediate Download : $6.99
iTunes : $9.99
Not eligible for UK or EU shipping.