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Contrate, Quentin: Sekametelisoppa (Creative Sources)

Drummer Quentin Conrate works in contemporary music, musical theater and experimental art, concerned with space, sound and movement; here he is caught live at Festival Becoq in La Cooperative, Montolieu, France for an album of refracted and reverberant sound using a collection of objects described as "incomplete drums", and a wall.

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UPC: 5609063403091

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: CS309
Squidco Product Code: 21642

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Festival Becoq in La Cooperative, Montolieu, France, on July 27th, 2014, by Pierre Denjean.


Quentin Conrate-incomplete drums, wall

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Is it because his drum kit was reduced that Quentin Conrate tackled, on July 27, 2014 "in the framework" of the festival Becoq, the walls of the Cooperative of Montolieu? It would therefore be phlegm that would be, first of all, this first solo recording of the drummer.

Intrepidity, even - in the register of the singing walls, we have known some precedents of size, including those of Thermes de Vals revealed by Fritz Hauser. Static, the microphone leaves Conrate the distance when the disc gives an idea of the vast space it will have traveled.

A breath first, then these rubbed objects that make the walls their great playground: squeaks, slips, rains, and finally tumult. If the improvisation offers a series of related but almost all independent propositions, Conrate manages to give a breath to the place that has been proposed - not to say submissive. It is, moreover, thanks to the distance with which it treats it that it ultimately adheres to it."-Guillaume Belhomme, The Sound of Grisli

Artist Biographies

"Mainly focused on improv, Quentin Conrate is a drummer active in contemporary music, musical theater and different fields of experimental art. His works are often crossing visual art and sound, dealing with space, sound and movement. Currently working with The Barque (theater & music) a musical theater company by Frédéric Tentelier, he's also writing his own pieces for different projects such as Lunar Error, ensemble of improv / contemporary music in which he's involved. He has a solo CD on Creative Sources in 2015 and a few others with different projects (Wing in Ground Effect, Kaulquappen, Lunar Error and a trio with Thomas Coquelet and Sylvain von iniitu)."


- Regular collaborator of the company La Barque (theater and music) conducted by Frédéric Tentelier.

- Wing in Ground Effect (WiGE) + encounter with Durio Zibethinus
- Aï Suzuki Trio / Mathieu Lilin / Quentin Conrate
- kaulquappen + meeting with Gabriel Lemaire
- f_r_e (field recording together)
- Fast Radio Burst
- Left-Handers
- Lunar Error
- electro-acoustic set with E42 / A8
- rare earth
- duo Colpaert / Conrate



- "That fall around the spring" autoproduit disc, 2012.
- "sekametelisoppa" Creative Sources, 2015.


- kaulquappen, "ater", Editions Berline-Hubert-Vortex, 2014.
- Wing in Ground Effect, BeCoq, 2014.
- Sylvain van iniitu / Thomas Coquelet / Quentin Conrate, "Maneries ramonandi fournellos", Creative Sources, 2017.
- Lunar Error, "Selếnê", Becoq / critical frequencies, 2017
-Janet Bandcamp Site 9/25/2023

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Track Listing:

1. Sekametelisoppa 35:50

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Percussion & Drums
Installation Sound Work
Solo Artist Recordings
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
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