The French duo Cheval De Frise, i.e. Vincent Beysselance (drums) and Thomas Bonvalet (guitar), released two albums of instrumental
Cheval De Frise (Sonore, 2000),
with the exuberant cavalcade of
Connexion Monstrueuse Entre Un Objet Et Son Image, and
Fresques Sur Les Parois Secretes Du Crane (Ruminance, 2003),
with more impressionistic and jazzy vignettes like
Bora Lustrai and
Deux Nappes Ductiles.
Thomas Bonvalet then started the solo project
L'Ocelle Mare with L'Ocelle Mare (Ruminance, 2007 - Sickroom, 2008),
that collects 16 brief fragments of solo guitar and harmonica improvisation.
The seven-movement solo EP Porte d'Octobre (2008), on which Bonvalet plays guitar, banjo, harmonica and metronome, is an abstract work that explores a territory at the border between dissonant free music and musique concrete.
The nine-movement EP Engourdissement (2009) is more of the same, but
also a more sophisticated take on atmosphere. Only three of the movements
extend beyond two minutes.
The nine sketches of Serpentement (2012) wander more freely and wildly
into ambiguous distorted timbres to the point that the instruments cannot be easily identified. A banjo sounds like a sitar, and a concertina sounds like a dentist's tool.
The distortion becomes the real protagonist.
Temps en Terre (2017), another nine-movement mini-album, incorporated percussion and clockworks.
Sans Chemin (2021) contains 15 mini-sonatas for various combination of instruments, for example: the
minimalist repetition of
Telephone, Guitare, Interrupteurs, Membrane,
tribal percussion of
Metronome, Guitare, Scotch De Peintre, Membranes,
the ambient droning of
Orgue, Guitare, Colophane, Tambourins,
the soul-less clockwork of
Eglise, Guitare, Scotch De Peintre, Interrupteurs.
In 2012 Thomas Bonvalet also joined Powerdove.
Thomas Bonvalet rearranged songs of Canadian duo Arlt on Arlt & Thomas Bonvalet (2014).
Bonvalet also collaboration with • Jean-Luc Guionnet on Fusees (2015).