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FRANCK BALESTRACCI is ethereal and cinematic. His music is bearing a signature of contemporary classical artists, and yet it sounds fresh, modern - the layers of his digital keyboards are quickly morphing from dreamy, meditative, transcendental, almost new agey semblances to the dynamic action scenery of a hi-tech thriller motion picture. His drums are providing beats from sophisticated fusion to the IDM-like mechanics. Gradations of dynamics are carefully crafted, guiding a listener into glowing, hectic and meandering plot.

The description of Balestracci's music is not surprising if we take a look at his background.

He was born in Paris in 1958. He started studying drums in his teens, as well as music theory. In the late 70's he started gaining experience with various artists, both in live performance and recording compartments. Around 1984 he started learning keyboards. Two years later, he composed to pieces of minimalist music; from the mid-late 80's to the mid-2000's he was composing music for various documentary movies and other projects in cinematography. He went solo (in discographic terms) with the album 'Existences invisibles' in 2003 and again in 2006 with 'Modified Reality'; the latter being a result of a long recording process, with the roots in his cinema works. It's worth mentioning the guest musicians on the albums, Alan Ward and Marianne Denoďa, both from UNIVERS ZERO.

Moris Mateljan, 2010.


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1.05 | 3 ratings
Existences Invisibles
2.00 | 1 ratings
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1.05 | 3 ratings

Existences Invisibles
Franck Balestracci Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
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1 stars French multi-instrumentalist from Paris, born 1958, who's career started actually in late-70's as part of several unknown groups.During the 80's he collaborates with several musicians, starts music lessons and courses and even sets up a few concerts.In the 90's Balestracci begins his involvement in producing music for movies, documentaries, ballets and TV reports.In 2001 he finished the creation of his debut ''Existences invisibles'', released on Carbon 7, a label being ran by ex-Univers Zéro members Guy Segers and Alan Ward.

Needless to say that after such a long experience in the music field, Balestracci is the one and only person performing the material of the show.Unfortunately ''Existences invisibles'' sounds closer to Free Improvisation than Progressive Music, incorporating elements from Electronic, Jazz and New Age music, and that's a pitty because the man known how to play.The album, split in fourteen short pieces, presents different, dreamy soundscapes, coming as a blend of natural and programmed instrumentation, and are mainly delivered as a background orchestral/Electronic synthesizer music interrupted either by light jazzy guitars and pianos or by a jazzy drumming, supported by bass.There are also many other sounds here, like sound effects or programmed strings, but the result is deeply unconvincing.The absence of structural parts, the lack of energy or even some more virtuosic themes is just dissapointing.Additionally the heavy use of sampled instrumentation is another huge disadvantage, as the album sounds so cheap and mechanical all the way.Last but not least comes the overall mood, which is totally cold and inhuman with no sign of any moving or emotional texture.The extended length of the album, does not help either, in my opinion listening to such kind of music experiment more than 20 minutes is an achievement.

Plastic and unnatural musicianship with zero level in energy and melody.Simply boring and far from recommended.

Thanks to clarke2001 for the artist addition.

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