Jean-Baptiste Favory

1999.................................


Le passager

CD CRU3

A 24’ new electroacoustic suite for synthesizers, electric organ, harmonium and voices in CRU magazine. Edited by La plaque tournante (alias Frédéric Acquaviva) in Berlin.

Cosmos privés

CD ACEL

This album presents more than 20 years of concrete, electroacoustic and electronic compositions.
For JBF, this musical terms are not just simply a way to classify, but suggest that sounds themselves are equally important as the structure that supporting them in time.

Things under

LP Feeding tube records

Because we are heathens, we first heard about J-B Favory when we reissued Los Lichis’s incredible 2LP set, Dog (FTR 229). Favory was the one non-Mexican member of the ensemble, traveling once a year (or so) to collude with the insane artists of Los Lichis. Had we been less dim, we would have known Favory was an avant composer of note, having served as an assistant to Luc Ferrari and Gavin Bryars, before setting off on his own musique concrete path. He is also the co-host of the longest-running experimental music radio show, Epsilonia (on the anarchist Radio Libertaire), and a guy whose recordings are well loved by fanciers of the avant. That said, Favory has never had a solo LP (despite a number of CDs), so when he sent us some of his new work, we jumped on it.

Things Under is one of the most mesmerizing blends of guitar and electronics we’ve heard in years. Favory’s approach to strings ranges from the idyllic to something very much like the Machine Guitars of Remko Scha. The way he collages these sounds into electronics is spectacular. Often, in similarly intended projects, there’s a friction in the shift between guitar and electronics. The elements can feel like worlds apart. But not here. Like some of Manuel Gottsching’s best solo recordings, the two sonic globes meet without colliding. Their molecules and atoms just slip into and through each other. It’s a total gas. And often difficult to figure out whether a specific sonic event is generated by guitar or electronics.

Been listening to this for days and it still sounds a great and mysterious as it did when I first threw it on. A stone keeper.

- Byron Coley, 2017

Rencontres Électriques

CD ACEL

An exceptional musical meeting : The Circle for liberation of Sounds & Images + Thollem Mc Donas + Yochk’o Seffer (Ex Magma).

1988

3 tapes box
Banned production

A set of 3 tapes with my piece Bad tape nostalgia, L’enfance du mortel from Lionel Marchetti and a common studio work : Motor revers

IMG/mp3/Bad_tape_nostalgia_extr.mp3

Extract : Bad tape nostalgia

UNISONO

CD Entr’acte Records

"A series of compositions written for eight players
using digital synthesizers — part one finds all using
the same synth, seemingly each controlling a
separate parameter. It’s a tasteful slur of buzzing
oscillators, beating and modulating against one
another in a spacious stereo field. Part two is more
complicated, with each player controlling his/her
own synth, the patches changing more quickly,
and the piece’s narrative logic becomes hard to
follow. But skip through to the real gem, the third
part, where Favory’s own Max/MSP-programmed
synthesizers are replaced by virtual synths designed
to emulate acoustic instruments in the manner of
presets on a Casio keyboard. A wonderful auditory
trompe l’oeil occurs when what sound like flutes,
violins and cellos all hold impossibly sustained notes,
and play well out of the frequency ranges allowed
by physical instruments."
- William Hutson - The Wire 2012

IMG/mp3/UNISONO_clip2.mp3

Extract : UNISONO I

Big endings

CD Entr’acte Records

Under this title, 4 important pieces to me

IMG/mp3/Leyendas_urbanas.mp3

Extract : Leyendas urbanas

Zuble land

CD Musea

I play Harmonium and synths in this Psychedelic Free-Rock group, and Zuble is our first trip...

IMG/mp3/Plastic.mp3

Extrait : Plastic people will never die

Des Sphères

Double CD 100.000 Années shared with Lionel Marchetti Monotype records

Without seeking to reproduce a realistic astronomical model, the piece proposes a quasi-organic vision of what in former times was named « the spheres » wherein the forces released by the movements of celestial bodies acted directly on humankind (...)

Massimo Ricci at "Touching extremes" :

(...)The second item is a 51-minute effort by Jean-Baptiste Favory: a less known but certainly not unworthy artist, and an opening meeting for yours truly. “Des Sphères” is a yang to Marchetti’s yin (or vice versa, according to fanciful points of view). This means that the sonic substance is calmer, inspiring visions of vastness while keeping the listener reasonably unperturbed. Slowly spreading textures dominated by low-range electronic frequencies swell across bubbling liquids and infinitesimal formations whose contribution to the overall scenario becomes appreciable only via headphone listening. With the passage of the minutes the picture changes slightly, introducing components of moderate interference and modulation of synthetic fonts, yet the initial semi-static foundation continues until the end. A connection with early Tangerine Dream – perhaps with a mild Jon Hassell fragrance at some point – would not look entirely out of place, the near-psychedelic fumes released by the simmering pot carrying our memory back of several decades. Ultimately, the lingering sensation is that of bathing in astral fluids, and feeling better after having cleansed the intellect. Appreciators of the most comforting milieus generated by Roland Kayn and Harley Gaber should have no problems in finding pleasure by tasting this.
An excellent double CD...

IMG/mp3/Des_Spheres-2.mp3

Extract : Des sphères

Liga tripa

CD Universal

Recorded live in the Mexican desert, at night with Los Lichis (Gerardo Monsivais & Manuel Mathar).

IMG/mp3/LosLichis-Ligatripa.mp3

Extract : Dulces nombres

Zona del Silencio

CD La muse en circuit

Recorded in the desert near Chichuahua, Mexico, The Silent-Zone is a strange area where animals and plants are subject to specialized studies. There’s also many meteors supposed whitch are supposed to modify the magnetic fileld of the area... There’s also a big silence, very close to the one you could find in an anechoïc chamber.
The desert as a recording studio!
Recorded in Mexico, Mixed at La Muse en circuit

IMG/mp3/Zona_del_silencio_extr_.mp3

Extract : Zona del silencio

Cigales

CD Détonnants voyages

Commissioned by The BF15 and the Alliance Française in Monterrey, Mexico; this piece was coming with a video, made by Pierre jacob Colling. Between the desert and the American dream is the subtitle of this piece, whitch never stop confronting the sond elements of this city of 3 millions people, very close to the U.S frontier. Night-clubs roarings, insects chants, the listener should find his way... alone.
Recorded and mixed in Mexico. Concert in the Ominax dome in Monterrey.

IMG/mp3/Leyendas_urbanas_extr2_.mp3

Extract : Leyendas Urbanas

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2017

Le passager
CD CRU3 La plaque tournante

Cosmos privés
CD ACEL

Things under, Organic compositions for guitars & electronic
Lp Feeding tube records

2016

With CLSI, Yochk’o Seffer & Thollem McDonas : Rencontres électriques
CD ACEL

2013

With Los Lichis : Dog
double vinyle 33 tours

2012

1988
3 tapes box Banned production

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UNISONO
CD Entr’acte records

2010

E89

Big endings
CD Entr’acte records

2009

ZL2

Zuble Land
CD Musea records

2008

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100.000 Années, Double CD with Lionel Marchetti
Monotype records

2003

Le bruit de la neige, electroacoustic compilation
CD Studio forum

2002

d10a, with DOCUMENTS, - Maxi 45 RPM -
Textile Records

Zone de rêves, electroacoustic compilation.
CD Studio forum

2001

Liga tripa, with LOS LICHIS, Experimental-psychedelic free-Rock .
CD Universal

2000

Lieu-non lieu, 4th radiophonic creation competition of Luc Ferrari’s studios
CD La muse en circuit

1999

Train fantôme, electroacoustic compilation
CD Studio forum