Emergent under the drizzle of ancient media, immoderately played tapes or vinyl, sometimes crossed by apocryphal liturgical chants and recorded birds, often populated with oscillators we no longer know how to make, Ptyx is a collection of inner landscapes in the form of decontextualized film music, here and there punctuated by little waltzes like so many postcards lost along the way, finally received when it was no longer time.
Borrowed from the poet Stéphane Mallarmé, the word Ptyx itself does not refer to anything known.
Video teaser: youtu.be/BwpzPSuNah0
Igor Ballereau is a French composer of contemporary music. He writes mainly for the voice, adapting preferably the correspondence and diaries of authors such as Lewis Carroll (Lettres à des amies-enfants, 2001), Franz Kafka (Briefe an F., 2005) or Katherine Mansfield (I - the defeat of the personal, 2010).
During these eighteen years, he collaborates with several instrumental or vocal ensembles, participates in various festivals, becomes a resident of the French Academy in Rome in 2003-2004, and founds the netlabel SHSK'H with soprano Jody Pou in New York, producing eight studio albums between 2008 and 2013.
In 2021, after a seven-year silence, he recomposes (himself) in a new direction, halfway between electronic and acoustic, darkness and enchantment, music of non-existent films and intimate confrontation with his ghosts. Following ijkl, released in 2022, the seventy-minute Ptyx album is a second step on this new path.
released February 15, 2024
All tracks composed, recorded, and mastered by Igor Ballereau, November 2022 – August 2023
Abney Park Cemetery ambience on “Le seul endroit” originally recorded by Rico Casazza
Thunderstorm over Berlin on “Loreley” originally recorded by Gregor Quendel
Voice Spell on “Chambre 0” originally recorded by Maya Takeda
Tikhvin Cemetery ambience on “Membres de l’Invisible” originally recorded by Nikolas Neecke
Radio Chatter on “Schwanengesang” originally recorded by Anoesj Sadraee
All the above sounds were published under the Creative Commons License on freesound.org
Artwork by Laurence Morizet
PFCD041 - 2024