ILITCH – PTM Works 2

by ILITCH - Patrick & Thierry Müller

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Marcel 04:50


This is the first time that Patrick and Thierry Müller have found themselves as a duo since the recording of the “Coma Programma Sessions 1976/77/78”.

This idea of working together again, after many separate musical adventures, comes from the discovery of a forgotten photo of their youth taken during a family vacation. Ambivalent memory of an adolescence which could lure you into a nostalgia for a lost paradise: the photography (and the others of the cover) shows two brothers in an ordinary and falsely happy reality glimpsed in a family photo album. But then, how many families can pretend to happiness?
Therefore the music presented in this album utterly contradicts this faked bliss: from the first track, dissonant sounds bring an assumed uneasiness, hell rather than inner paradise. The existence of two worried and tormented artists who have spent their life as composers trying to express this spleen or this existential distress. Further on, we hear the voice of Marcel Duchamp speaking about the unconscious. What a program! In another, breaths mixed with a synthetic sequence invade the sound space to the point of suffocation.
Musically, we alternate between rhythmic pieces punctuated with melodic elements and others more frankly abstract and which are not far from electroacoustic music. There are also many overlayed sounds that make one thinks of natural elements in a state of chaos.

This album is therefore not a quiet one: Dark and disturbing atmospheres, timbres that do not rub you up the right way, assumed dissonances,  PTM Works 2  will delight those who revel in troubled waters.

However, the beautiful finale dedicated to Luc Ferrari ends the album in a more peaceful and poetic way, as if our two friends wanted to leave a note of hope at the end of this retrospective journey.

Composer, sound engineer, producer, Patrick Müller worked and studied electronic music at the Faculty of Vincennes and participates in workshops of the Conservatory of Pantin directed by Luc Ferrari. He lived several years in Brussels where he collaborates in numerous concerts and performances. In 1982, he received a scholarship to create an electro-acoustic piece in the Studio of the Conservatory of Lièges. Early on, he collaborated with choreographers, with the scene of Sound Poetry,… From From 1986 to 2021, he manages the recording studio Pierre Schaeffer in Châtenay-Malabry. Most of his own musical creations are signed under the name of l’Orchestre Inachevé (musicians structure with which he realizes his own projects).
He is also a co-founder members of trAce label.

Thierry Müller is a multi-instrumentalist composer, whose Ilitch and Ruth projects are recognized in the international independent and underground scene. Since 1978, his albums with multiple and unclassifiable universes have been erected as  Cult  by personalities like Tim Gane, Lee Ranaldo, Steven Stapleton, Edward Ka-Spell,...).
He collaborated on albums or Live with, among others, Valentina Fanigliulo (Mushy, Phantom Love), Nick Littlemore (Empire Of The Sun, Pnau), Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear,…), Quentin Rollet, Jac Berrocal, NowCut,...


released May 3, 2022

Patrick Müller : synthesizer, electrosonic, field recording, samples
Thierry Müller : guitar, bass, synthesizer, keyboards, samples, electronic

Recorded between 2018 and 2021 by Patrick and Thierry Müller
Mixing & mastering : Patrick Müller

Cover : Thierry Müller
Photos : Rina Rubechi-Müller and Quentin Rollet


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Trace Label is an independent record company founded in 1993 by composers / musicians Guillaume Loizillon, Patrick Müller & Laurent Saïet. Its artistic orientation is eclectic : alternative & experimental music, electroacoustic & electronic music, free jazz, soundtracks, sound poetry. ... more

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