A special photography exhibition hosted by Cross club and curated by Ernesto Leal (our history) and Ben Osborne (Noise of Art) celebrating 100 years of electronic music in France from World War I to the present day.
The exhibition includes a selection of pictures from the successful London exhibition at Red Gallery and Paris exhibition at Moulin Rouge for MAMA Festival – that received critical praise in the British and French press (The Guardian, DJ Mag, Mixmag and Time Out).
Photographers exhibited include Olivier Degorce, Edouard Hartigan, Domonic Turner, Florence Eloy, François Vignal, Thierry Dehesdin, Charles Crie, Maxime Fantay, Isabel Guilet, Stephane Jourdai and the celebrated photographer Olivier Degorce’s. (book; Plastic Dreams (2018), The event will also feature pictures from Chateau Perché Festival – who’s founder, Samy, will DJ at The Cross Club with Ben Osborne, on Saturday 29 August.
The exhibition presents public contributions, documents DJs, artists, photographers and key figures of French electronic music.
The stars include Laurent Garnier, Jack de Marseille, Black Devil Disco Club, I: Cube, Gilb’r, Jayhem (Kojak), Chateau Perché, Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, Luigi Russolo, Edgard Varese, Maurice Martenot, Milan Kober, DJ Yellow, Bob Sinclar, Etienne de Crecy, Cassius, DJ Cam, Jean-Jaques Perrey, Daft Punk, DJ Sextoy, Chloe, MC Solar, Jean Jacques Birgé, Jean Michel Jarre, Jerry Bouthier, DJ Paulette and others.
Documenting culture, specific music scenes, off camera moments, celebrating some of the characters that shaped the lifestyle associated with music and the club scene. It is one of the most important musical milestones, but it could not get into our country (the Czech Republic) at the time of their creation.
Few realize that the French electronic music tradition dates back to 100 years ago, to the electronic experimentation of Maurice Martenot, Luigi Russola and Edgard Vares during and after World War II. Varese, an electronic composer who relocated to New York (father of electronic music in North America), freely followed Russolo.
In the late 1920s Martenot invented the synthesizer prototype. France is thus the world’s most important early electronic music era.
In the next stage of development, Musique concrète used the technology of magnetic tape and grew out of the idea that the music of the future would be made to play on the radio. It was also in Paris, where the most famous German electronic pioneer, Stockhausen studied under chaeffer and Henry.
From Stockhausen the links goes onto to Can and Kraftwerk and the influence of Kraftwerk on Africa Bambaata, Arthur Baker and Juan Atkins to logically combine today’s electronic club music with post-war Paris.
French electronic music influenced the generation of tape loop artists around the world in the 1960s with Jean Jacques Perrey, The Beatles, San Francisco Tape Music Center, White Noise and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using Musique Concrete techniques to bring electronic music into the mainstream.
When Acid House and Techno exploded in the late 1980s, some of the biggest names on the European scene were French. Laurent Garnier, Gilbr and Jack de Marseille, introduced new music to French radio and clubs.
The French club culture grew out of the artistic communities that visited its bars, cafes and dance halls. It is a unique development since the First World War, when the 369th Harlem Infantry Regiment band, travelled through France and influenced local musicians and audiences. Many black musicians had decided to start living in Paris.
In the 1990s, a new production of independent labels was associated with the traditions of France in jazz, hip hop, disco and African music with electronic music. Independents like F Com, Versatile, Yellow Productions (and later) Infine, Ed Banger, Institubes and Kitsune, as well as owners such as Virgin and Barclay, discovered a new school of producers. Artists such as Daft Punk, La Funk Mob, Chris Sisslar, Cassius, Etienne de Crecy, Daft Punk, Air, David Guetta, Justice, Mehdi, Sebastian and many others later became global stars.
The exhibition is linked to the Warm Up party for Festival Château Perché at the Cross Club on June 29th.