French sound-sculptor Christian Renou, who has recorded under the moniker Brume from 1985 to 2001, is
heir to the glorious traditions of
musique concrete and sound collage.
His compositions (that treat, assemble and mix acoustic sounds) rely on dense, rapid-fire montage. They wed cacophony and dynamics, emphasizing both the element of discontinuity and the element of continuity. Compared with classical musique concrete, they harbor a "negative" virus
that would be at home both in German expressionism and in British punk-rock.
Brume exploits the technique of Mnemonists and the aesthetics of Einsturzende Neubauten.
He produced about 40 cassettes, including
Frikture (Brume, 1985),
Le Jour Du Cochon (1986),
Program T.4 (1986),
In Death We Trust (Underground, 1988),
Poison (R.R. Production, 1988),
Catalogue (Brume, 1988),
Tribalit‚s urbaines (Brume, 1988),
Temporary Pigments (Old Europa Cafe, 1989),
Headache (Organic, 1989),
Accident de Chasse (Tonspur, 1989),
The Sun (Old Europa Cafe, 1990),
Unrelated Landscape (Audiofile, 1990),
Autoportrait (La Legende Des Voix, 1991),
Electrocoagulation (Irre, 1991),
Schiluuk (Corrosive, 1991),
Epineuse (De Fabriek, 1991),
Recifs (Audiofile, 1991),
Iswari (SPH, 1991),
I'm...I Come...I Was... (Tonspur, 1992),
Apocalypse at 6 AM (Tapes for Masses, 1993),
Musique Pour Les Etres Humains (Old Europa Cafe, 1994),
N-N-N (Anachronismus, 1994),
Mammut (Prion, 1995),
Stable (Bandaged Hand, 1995),
The Emancipated Cell At The Fire Wheel Confines (Realization, 1995),
Drone Gymnastic (Bandaged Hand, 1995),
The Dark Tapes (Nuit et Bruillard, 1996).
The EP Anastomose (Ant-zen, 1996) and the album
Starving Vrischika (Old Europa Cafe, 1999) inaugurated his major season.
No-Body (La Legende Des Voix, 1991) was typical of his works for
electronics, noise and percussion, which continued with
No-Thing (Staalplaat, 1991),
Battery Hens Sabotage (Old Europa Cafe, 1992),
Xeros (Staalplaat, 1993),
Permafrost (Art Direct, 1994),
Standard (ND, 1994),
Drafts of collisions (Crowd Control Activities, 1997),
Normal (Relapse, 1999),
Frameworks (Freedom in a Vacuum, 1999),
and Krieg (Intransitive, 1999), dedicated to World War II.
Zona Ventille (Elsie and Jack, 2001) was the last album released under
the moniker Brume.
Play:lunch (Plate Lunch, 2001) was a collaboration with Philippe Blanchard.
Fragments and Articulations (Ground Fault, 2002) was a three-part concrete symphony designed with help from a computer.
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