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Jauniaux, Catherine / eRikm: Pantoneon / Mal des Ardents [2 CDs] (Mikroton Recordings)

Improvising artists Catherine Jauniaux on voice, bird call, cupule, cazoo and eRikm on turntables, electronics, live sampling, architect lamp recorded these 17 pieces for the radio show A L'improviste by Anne Montaron for France Culture Radio.

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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: cd 21 | 22
Squidco Product Code: 17363

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Russia
Packaging: 2 CDs in cardstock foldover
Mal des Ardents recorded in autumn 2010 by Benjamin Chauvin, Sandrine and Pierre Brechot Willer, for the radio show A L'improviste and by J-Kristoff Camps for the Festival Sonorites. Pantoneon recorded live in Basil at Atlantis Switzerland for Taktlos festival on May 11th, 2000.


eRikm-turntables, electronics, live sampling, architect lamp

Catherine Jauniaux-voice, bird call, cupule, cazoo

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Artist Biographies:

"Since 1992, eRikm has extended the field of artistic experimentation on the international scene.

Maintaining a constant fusion between thought, instinct and sensitivity, he pursues a simultaneity of practices and addresses the interplay between various compositional modes, relating to and using all languages.

From his early experience as a guitarist through to his later visual work, he is a maverick genre-bender who breaks down anyone's attempts to conveniently classify him.

Quickly recognised as a virtuoso turntablist and sound artist (1996), eRikm has made a longlife habit of crossing all territories and " world-systems " deemed "independent", "institutional".

At the same time (1997), he has developed an open and aspirational approach toward the technological media, both as a means of development for a new economic model and as an instrument for creation, production and diffusion.

He deals with sounds like living organisms, constantly in flux, always open to the risk of accident or delight/unisson. As he plays with all these contradictions in his improvisations, his performance reaches new heights of intensity, trading off both understanding and sensation, seriousness and farce, anticipation and instinct.

His work references both the intimate and political, both popular and high culture, but without demonstration. Rather he creates a short-circuit connection between points with his live generated (and degenerated) material - from noise to reference - presenting multiple ways to capture each moment of the present in clear focus.

Throughout his career, collaborations have naturally occurred with his audiences and contemporaries, most notably : Luc Ferrari, Christian Marclay, Mathilde Monnier, Jerome Noetinger, FM Einheit... The kind of coincidences which have confirmed his instinctive search for transmutation, and to play on several levels.

Since 1997, on his own or with collaborators, eRikm has toured (with 5-7 on-tour projects to date), or created by request specific pieces, both transversal or for fixed spaces (record labels, radio, festivals, art centres...)

In the meanwhile, each time building on what has emerged before, the most personal fragments from his work (notably from his early artworks in photography, drawings, visual installations and video) continue to substantiate a singular kaleidoscopic vision.

Ultimately, eRikm's research resonates through all of his work, bordering scientific discovery and a poetic curiosity of the world.

eRikm is a Marseille based artist"

-eRikm Website (

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track listing:

CD 1: Mal des Ardents

1. Son Pas 4:23

2. Tchip 6:06

3. Metamorphose 3:46

4. Il Lui Touche Le Bras Paf! 5:01

5. Ne Pas 4:45

6. Le Reve Est Un Arbre 2:27

7. La Mer 3:46

8. Mal Des Ardents 5:08

9. Souvenir De Son Ventre Dans La Terre Mouillee 7:41

CD 2: Pantoneon

1. Pervadere 4:18

2. I'm Not Far 5:09

3. Sous-Jacente 4:16

4. Regal De Tamanoir 2:25

5. Une Chanson Vraiment Triste 3:06

6. Ballade 2:54

7. La Lenteur Fait Crier Les Amants 3:08

8. Le Canari 2:14

9. Alaska Bar's Dance 2:10

10. L'Echafaudage Echoue I 2:16

11. L'Echafaudage Echoue II 1:37

12. A Dream 2:12

13. Pantoneon 3:40

14. Quand L'Arbre A Perdu Son Ombre 4:10

15. Quand L'Arbre A Perdu Son Ombre (Suite) 3:43

16. Sad Raga 4:27

17. Yiddish Song 4:44
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"In the begining, there are stories, sometimes dark, told by Catherine Jauniaux. With stunning ease, she invents imaginary conversations where several protagonists spring from deep in her throat, like rabbits out of a hat, like actors from Japanese Noh theatre.

eRikm's electronic sounds fuse and infiltrate hers creating an unsettling environment - clearing the way or tangling it up in a sound skin.

A skillful and fragile performance, tinted with surealism, plumb up and yet close on the edge! Ah! if all the cabarets in the world..."-Mikroton

eRikm & Catherine Jauniaux: The Turntables Of Improvisation..

"Captured. From the first second of their show the public hangs on the Catherine Jauniaux's voice, is hypnotised by the extraordinary antics of eRikm at his turntables. No hold barred, they are in a kind of in- satiable creative trance. A pure and very deep-rooted improvisation, a journey into the soul where all states can be experienced. Catherine Jauniaux journies through her extensive vocal range and wends and weaves all feelings with disconcerting ease, eRikm creates a surprise at every turn. Poetic and ardent music, deeply human . The constant pleasure of playing with the musicality of words and the fabulous resources of the body. Erik follows, surrounds, initiates, an- ticipates or concludes the vocal propositions with equally inventive virtuosity. Vertiginous!"-Anne Montaron

Catherine Jauniaux

Catherine Jauniaux started as an actress with Roland Topor in Belgium. During the late 1970s and 1980s, she sang with several experimental rock groups, including Aksak Maboul and The Work and recorded a solo album, Fluvial. In the early 1990s, Catherine Jauniaux moved to New York City where she became part of the Downtown music scene, performing with a number of musicians, including Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Butch Morris, and founded the duo Vibraslap with Ikue Mori. In 1995 Jauniaux and Cora moved to Southern France where she continued performing with various European musicians, including Louis Sclavis, Heiner Goebbels, Otomo Yoshihide and Christian Marclay.

Described as a "one-woman-orchestra", a "human sampler", She is inspired by traditional music, both real and imagined, and her performances mix seriousness and humour. She explores sound, emotion, melody and abstraction, and her vocal improvisations range from "traditional French chansons to breathy folk to Dadaistic glossolalia.


eRikm, based in Marseille, started his musicial activities as a virtuoso turntablist in early 90s, gradually shifting his focus to more abstract music, sometimes abandoning turntables or substituting them with minidiscs or CD-turntables. His recent record output includes collaborations with Michel Doneda, Jerome Noetinger, dieb13, the late Luc Ferrari, Thomas Lehn, Norbert Möslang, as well as solo albums Variations Opportunistes, Sixpériodes, Stème, Lux Paylettes and the most recent Monographie.

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