The nights are getting cold and the fog is closing in. It's around this time of year that we tend to engulf ourselves in the mist of ambient soundscapes and eerie music which reflects the spirit of the season.
Jean-Emmanuel Rosnet is a musician and creative based in the suburbs of Lyon, for many years he has run a festival called Mirage which is dedicated to new forms of media art and expression. As a musician he creates beautiful, delicate mirages himself - ambient soundtracks and ethereal music which is highly immersive and magical.
His most recent cassette, "Stories concerning the heroes and rituals", was self released and caught our attention with it's intricate poignancy and dream like ambience.
We felt that he would be perfect to contribute to our Monday mix series and so he does...
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?
I am Jean-Emmanuel, I am a music producer based in Villeurbanne (Lyon suburban area). I have been running a festival called Mirage dedicated to new media arts for 8 years but I am now spending most of my time on musical projects, sound documentaries and other creative projects.
What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)?
I like to call it "sound collages" because I use a lot of found samples from several internet resources. Pads are essential in most of my productions, drowned by reverb and feedback. I love to use noises and weird textures to add some life to my productions. Some will use the term "ambient" but I prefer not to strictly refer to that category.
Where was the mix recorded?
At home, in my bedroom, Villeurbanne, France.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Cup of tea in hand, headphones on in a comfy chair on the top floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings or in a slow train passing in the countryside.
What should we be wearing?
Cotton jogging trousers, hoody, woolen socks.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
Don't need another system, that I have, but recording it in an isolated house in the mountains would be great.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
Pataphysical - Sense-tone
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
I love the complete WXAXRXP Sessions, it reminds me of the glorious era of IDM / electronica.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
I would be very intimidated because I am more a producer rather than a DJ but I will try to have fun with a guy from Hessle Audio.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
I have started with a laptop and traktor and I have ended with CDJs. Now, I am focused on producing with expanders, semi modular synth, tape loop mixer, sampler and ableton live.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Start : Jon Hassel - Vernal Equinox
End : Photek - UF)
What were the first and last records you bought?
Michael Jackson - Bad was my first tape, a gift from my older sister
Last record bought was Jake Muir (Sferic)
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
A Savoyard fondue
If it was an animal what would it be?
Definitely not a dog. A deer ?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Paul Jebanasam – Continuum - How do you want to mix an opera into something ??
Anything else we need to discuss?
Lockdown and shitty weather help me staying creative at the moment, so I will share new tracks in early 2021 so let's keep in touch.
Follow Jean on Bandcamp HERE.
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