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GUILLAUME LOIZILLON – COLLAPSUS

parution le 2 septembre 2022 / Release date : September 2, 2022

GUILLAUME LOIZILLON – COLLAPSUS
TRACE 058 – CD
6 flaps cardboard sleeve, 125 x 180 mm


Featuring Michel Bertier, Bony Bikaye, Andrew Crocker, David Fenech, Blaise Merlin, Emiko Ota, Ben Ritter, Federico Rodriguez, Quentin Rollet, Laurent Saiet, Hervé Zénouda

“It would be a question of inventing a protean kind of «easy listening» in order to wait before the end of the month and the improbable arrival of the next world. It would exist in the form of a disc, and an original website, it would be endowed with an iconography, an academic theory, an arbitrary conceptualization...
So: to proactively penetrate the current world and pop culture.”


The production of Collapsus took place from the end of 2019 until the beginning of 2022. Ironically, its initial proposal placed it in the “ambient carbonic techno” genre.
About twenty electronic sequences were created using modular synthesizers or audio software (Max msp, Voltage modular, VCV rack, etc.). These were sent to a dozen of artists: musicians or/and authors, who volunteered to participate in the project. They responded by sending in contributions made in their own workspace. Others came along for the recordings. Started just a few weeks before the explosion of the pandemic, during these two years of gestation, the project was of course affected and questioned by these events. During this complex and depressing period, the initial conceptual framework, centered on collapse and an ironic-derisory imagination, evolved without disappearing. A refocusing and a certain redefinition have taken place. However, many of the initial elements have survived, including:
- production by calling on multiple and varied collaborations
- the multiplicity of forms of finalization (audio CD, videos, «site album», download spaces, etc.)
- the desire not to adopt a strictly experimental and “underground” positioning or, at the very least, to explore more equivocal boundaries.

Guillaume Loizillon lives and works in Paris. His work is placed along an axis ranging from experimental music to achievements more directly under the influence of a certain rock, and passing through improvisation. In addition to his personal approaches and his recordings, he has collaborated with a large number of artist: jazz, African music, choreography, sound poetry or performance... He remains always attached to the multiplication of experiences.
He is co-founder of Trace Label, professor in conservatory, and has long taught at the University of Paris 8.

Discography
We find him with Claude Micheli (under the name of CY1) on the disc “Noir et blanc”, with the Congolese singer Bony Bikaye and Hector Zazou, recorded in Belgium for the Crammed discs label. This disc, which has been reissued several times, is considered a unique experience of fusion between electronics and African music.
With saxophonist Barney Wilen and the group Dièse 440 on the CD “Live in Paris”, in which this jazz personality confronts the electroacoustic universe.
Trace Label has released several records in its own name as well as collaborations on collective projects, or with personalities from the world of sound poetry

Other forms.
Guillaume Loizillon regularly performs in concert, solo or accompanied. Its device is built around a sound and visual computer configuration. He also plays keyboards and especially synthesizers.
For several years he has been creating sound installations both in France and abroad: - “Zoophonie”, “Extraordinary ballads” for the Rhizomes festival.
- “Inner soundscape” at the museum of art and history of Saint-Denis (France) and in Athens in a space of the archaeological museum… He also participates in performances with sound poetry artists (Julien Blaine, Joël Hubaut, Anne Claire Hello, Costis, etc.)