Qracks


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Another old track I made in the 90's.
The stupid name comes from the fact that I wanted to play some guitar, but I could not go over cracks in the guitar sound…
No guitar in "Qracks" then ;-)



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Le Talisman


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"Le Talisman" was an old project I had in the 90's to compose tracks based on "The Talisman" book by Stephen King.
I made many tracks, some quite good ones, but I only found the 1st and 4th part :-(
Part 2 was one of my best works, but I got no traces of it :-(

Part 1



Part 4


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In The City


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Another song I made with my friend Emmanuel Auidebert, in 1989.
I wrote the lyrics and composed/played the music.
E. Audebert made the introduction and all the voices.
Recorded in one night on a Yamaha MT44D (analog 4 tracks recorder).



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Free as a Bird

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A song I made with my friend Emmanuel Auidebert, in 1988.
I composed and played the music, wrote the French lyrics.
Emmanuel made the English translation, and the voices.
Recorded in one night on a Yamaha MT44D (analog 4 tracks recorder).



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YR Production


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Designing an original work does not mean imposing personal choices or tastes on the end customer.
It is above all to listen to his expectations, and try to perceive what he imagines, to transcribe it as close as possible.

Here, the producer's request, for the sound illustration of its production credits, was that a particular sound had to follow the movements in space of the main light source.
Better with headphones…or in a movie theatre ;-)

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Rain

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From my 2005 "Des Envies de Fin du Monde" cycle, "Rain" was made a rainy day ;-)
Just for the story, the flutes samples I used were from my "Merlin" flute I had to buy when I was 10 for compulsory music classes at school: I sampled it with my DSS1.


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Hong Kong on Fire


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With a minimal set (cheap MIDI keyboard, cheap second hand Squier Strat guitar, cheap audio interface, LogicPro X, FinalCutPro X, my MacBook Pro laptop computer), I finally made what I had in mind.
Using live footages from Hong Kong MTR and protests, composing new music, putting them all together with the photos I made from last summer protests, here is "Hong Kong on Fire" (audio and video), first part of a new "Hong Kong Standing" project.
My tribute to this city I love, and to its brave people that always welcomed me gently.




Here's "Hong Kong on Fire" video:




And the audio track:



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Living in a Dream



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Only one foot on the ground, the other one in the sky…
Things I hope mostly come in my dreams only.


Here's Living in a Dream:



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Ving et Un

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C. was 21 since one month and ten days when he passed away.
I've always felt guilty because as the older one, I was convinced I should have been the first one to pass away…
True guitars and bass guitar, fat sound, disturbing harmonies are what the track is made of.

Here's 21:



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Retour à l'Anormal Part 4

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I started the "Retour à l'Anormal" cycle just after I finished the "Paris" tracks, playing on words (retour à la normale - back to normal state / retour à l'anormal - back to the abnormal).

You can find Parts 1 & 2 following this link,
And you will find Parts 3 and 5 here.

Part 4 is special to me: when I composed it, it was times when my mood was always changing (I was a bit cyclothymic), and I was keeping the reasons why inside (mystic) ;-)
The progression of the track tries to reflect these perpetual changes.


Part 4: CyclothiMystik


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Retour à l'Anormal Part 3 & 5

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I started the "Retour à l'Anormal" cycle just after I finished the "Paris" tracks, playing on words (retour à la normale - back to normal state / retour à l'anormal - back to the abnormal).

Following are Part 3 and the final Part 5.

You can find Parts 1 & 2 following this link.


Part 3


Part 5




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One World

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An old track I made after listening too much "Saga": I wanted to try to play something that would sound a bit like Saga songs, and the end is close to what I expected ;-)



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Construction


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From my 2005 "Des Envies de Fin du Monde" cycle, "Construction" is a long track, made of atmospheres more than melodies on its long introduction.
I'm conscient it's not one of my "easy" compositions, and it might be hard to listen to, until it ends.


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Le Diable Partout


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I was working on my "Heaven and Hell" cycle when I met Yvan.
Yvan was a singer looking for songwriters and musicians.
We met and started to work on some lyrics I had already written.
The first version is sung by Yvan.
Then we became friends.
Then we became more than friends.
Then we broke.
I added then the two last thirds of the lyrics, and I sang on the music I had also slightly changed.
This is the purpose of version 2 ;-)
Note that the female voice doubling my own one is…my own voice modified by a vocal effect plugin ;-)

Here's "Le Diable Partout", followed by the lyrics below:


Vocals: Yvan


Vocals: EGS



"Le Diable Partout" (lyrics, images and music ©EGS Music)

Tant de choses qui changent,
Tant de choses qui changent tout,
Moi je ne vois plus que des Anges
Là où je voyais le Diable partout.

Comme un oiseau
Dans sa cage
Je voyais tourner le monde
Tout autour de moi,
Je n'étais plus de moi que l'ombre,
Je ne comprenais plus rien à tout çà.

Tant de choses qui changent,
Tant de choses qui font de vous
Un homme qui parfois dérange
Ceux qui ne voient pas les hommes comme vous.

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Evil (Part 2: "Evils")

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Evil Part 2 (Evils):

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Evil (Part 1)

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Many years ago, I started to work on a collection of tracks around the concept of "Heaven and Hell".
"Evil 1" is the most ambitious track of the collection, and one of my best realisations.
I'm stil dreaming of getting it played by a symphonic orchestra…

Here's "Evil 1":



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Intro


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"Intro": could have found a better title, but…

"Intro" was a music challenge.
When I composed it, I was upset by two musician friends that were pretending I only knew how to make intros.
It's true that at this time, I was recording every single idea I had into one single title.

With "Intro", and because it was really challenging for me, I learnt to link my ideas, and make more complex , and longer, compositions.

Here's "Intro":


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Juin 2009


Well, Juin2009 is called June2009 because it was recorded on June 2009: you guessed it?
Just some ideas I recorded, not a true composition.
All my pending tracks are called by the date I recorded the first ideas, and they get their final name once I have finished working.
It means, you understood it, I never finished this one ;-)
But I like it.



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Intact Part 1 & 2

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Have you ever heard my voice when singing?
Probably not. I don't use it that much.

With Intact Part1, I made it the main part of the track: such a hard work for me!
I'm not a singer or vocalist…

"Intact Part1" is about the fear that surrounds you about forgetting the voice, the smell, the attitudes, the good and bad moments relating to the beloved one that you lost.
I made this track when I realised my memory, regarding to C., was "intact".
It's not happy track, but it's not a sad one.

Technically, "Intact" is something special to me: the most "acoustic" piece of music I ever made.
I played with my voice, making all the male voices lead and choirs, I played the drums on an electronic Roland drum kit, I played the guitars on guitars, I played the bass guitar on a Ibanez electro-acoustic bass guitar my brother lent to me.
I'm quite proud of my performance, as I'm not a singer, not a drummer, not really a guitar player, not a bass player.

Here's Part 1:




"Intact Part 2" is based on the same scheme: real instruments I played instead of playing virtual ones on my keyboards.
You'll find inside the craziest guitar solos I made (remember: I'm not a true guitar player), and I had la lost of fun playing the drums on a drum kit.

Here's Part 2:


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365 Jours Sans


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This tracks came exactly one year (365 days) after C. passed away.

When you were used to live with someone that suddenly disappear, every new day of the first year without is the first day without…
You have to suffer for 365 days, then each day of the second year is the second day without, and it gets a little better.



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N'ai-je?


I made "N'ai-je" (Did I?) in December 2007, six months after C. passed away.
I made it on a snowing evening in Paris, that helped me to put a name on the track (N'ai-je sounds like "neige" that means "snow").

"N'ai-je" is about all the questions you're haunted by after the one you loved is no longer there to answer you…



I made some of my best real guitars and real drums tracks on "N'Ai-je?": not sure I'm still able to play them again.
Have to practice again ;-)


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Retour à l'Anormal 1 & 2


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I made "Retour à l'Anormal" 1 & 2 just after the "Paris" tracks, playing on words (retour à la normale - back to normal state / retour à l'anormal - back to the abnormal).
The two parts are slightly different: I wanted to make a "cycle", but the project aborted.

Here's Part 1:



And here's Part2:





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Paris part 1 & 2


Composed after I broke from a relationship.

I was walking my dog in Puteaux's parc near its tram station, dominating Paris from its small hill, listening to the heart of the city beating away, at 2am.
I started to compose it just after getting back home.
I think it was the first time I was considering leaving Paris…




The second part starts with the words I got on my email some days after we broke:
"Remplace les cadres de ton appartement par des miroirs. Ton image est la seule qui te fascine. Reste entre tes quatre murs, avec tes ordinateurs et ta solitude. Ces murs vont se resserrer au fil des années jusqu'à prendre la taille d'un cercueil où tu t'enterres vivant. N'aies cependant pas peur de la mort: tu n'y seras pas plus seul que dans la vie, et le virtuel est bien plus facile à quitter que le réel…"

English translation: "Replace the frames of your apartment with mirrors. Your image is the only one that fascinates you. Stay between your four walls, with your computers and your loneliness. These walls will tighten over the years until they take the size of a coffin where you bury yourself alive. But don't be afraid of death: you'll be no longer alone than in life, and virtual life is much easier to leave than real life…"

I tried to transcript the violence of these word in the track.



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Le Petit Bonhomme en Mousse


"Le Château dans le Ciel" is a compilation of tracks I made after C. passed away.
C. Had a stuffed dog, that he was calling his "Petit Bonhomme en Mousse".
Later, as we were living together with my black labrador Jasper, he started to call Jasper by the same name.
This is a track for both C. and Jasper, that passed away, depressed, one year after C.





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Ashes

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This is the first track from my "Le Château dans le Ciel" cycle.
Made the day we spread C.'s ashes in the ocean at La Rochelle.
For me, it's the track I made that is the most charged with emotions.

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I'm Back (+ video)

This track was made at the end of my "Château dans le Ciel" cycle.
It sounds different from my other tracks, and I wanted it to be not related to my intimate story.
But it was.

When I just finished it, I met a guy in Paris: his name was Hanz, and Hanz was a singer.
He decided to put words on my music, and to sing them.
Once again, his own words was related to my story…
I used his voice track on the video.

The video was made in Paris, on April 2019, as I had just finished a photo shooting with two Taiwanese dancers.
They accepted to improvise a choreography after I told them…my story.
Thank to them.

Here's the video with Hanz's words:




And here's the original track:


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Way Back To C

Let's start with the last track I composed in Paris, before leaving to Asia.
It's called "Way Back to C", and it's dedicated to someone I loved, that passed away on 21st of June 2007.
It's part of a collection of tracks called "Le Château Dans Le Ciel".


Keyboards are played on keyboards.
Voices are played on keyboard.
Bass is played on a Squier Bass Guitar.
Guitars are played on a Alesis electric guitar and on a Fender electro-acoustic guitar.
Drums are played on a Roland electronic drum kit, controlling synths drums and percussion sounds.

This is a 8mn track, it starts very slowly, and it's better with headphones ;-)




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"Le Château dans le Ciel", drawing by Cyprien

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