DUO – on mAtter (JP) – France Jobin – Richard Chartier – Toneshift (USA)

My ears have been open to both these artists since the late 90s/early 00s, and though they have each evolved in direction over these decades, and I’ve heard collaborations they have done with others, separately, this may be the first time I’m hearing them play in both ears at the same time. A natural pairing. Both use subtleties to a fault. Both create an atmosphere of voluminous, restrained suspense that looms in space. And together it becomes more amorphous and wide.

The duo offers five long tracks which “creates an “intemporelle“ and pervading atmosphere” that are like the fault lines on thin ice (DUO.1), yet also have the ferocity of a jumbo jet poised to take flight. With the incredibly sensitive mastering by Stephan Mathieu, these two are in the best hands to allow their luxe patina to be showcased as quiet and raw where need be. The sensation, like floating amid embryonic fluid (or in a bath of ash), comes to mind.

There’s a tension of being on eggshells on DUO.5 that is quite palpable, in waves, almost industrial, yet triggered by a ghostly reverberation. The containment of static noise (or is it heavy rainfall?) is complex, and continues into the next track with an even deeper sense of query. Here on DUO.2 a sonic hum twists over and around the continued undertones in the ‘wall of sound’ just as a new reticent melody starts to emit into the cracks. A refreshing break of coloration perfumes the space, distancing itself from the pressurized mechanisms and sonic scape, yet also remains somewhat fleeting. I’m reminded of flying insects, buzzing by, teasing their variegated color, and away they go, free to the wind.

This may be considered minimal, but it’s quite complex. This may be assumed ambient, but it’s far from it. Instead, these artists, who on their own have created a world of micronoise, austere pixelations and other funky sounds, have fused a much larger picture from all sorts of finer parts. In fact, if I didn’t know better I would say DUO.3 was actually a prepared church organ in its bloated oscillation. Through patches, programming and patience Chartier and Jobin superimpose a meta world soundscape that breaks from either of their own traditions, offering a stimulating hybrid.

As this glorious sense of suspension arises and stays awhile there are other moments of contemplation. In the same stroke there is this continued fleeting sensibility that fills the air, like an impending end. On the closer, DUO.4, this only becomes much more dramatically paced at first, but within about four minutes, in a rush of circulated drone, minimal hiss and velocity, brings about a more organic sound. Together they develop a dreamy fusion of harmonic curvatures bathed in duly signature vintage vinyl imperfections, pop, crackle, etc. Towards the end the balanced nature of this blend becomes distorted, entangled, and somewhat flying saucer-like in retrospect. Satellites soften and shut down slowly in fading, static sonics.

TJ Norris (December 2018 Toneshift (USA)

DUO on mAtter

We are pleased to announce that DUO will be released on the lovely mAtter label from Japan

MATTER015 | France Jobin + Richard Chartier – DUO
Format : Vinyl / 2LP(with Downoad Code) – 300 limited edition and Digital
Date: 16, December 2018 – Ships out 26, December 2018
Pre order on bandcamp
Preview on vimeo

DUO is the first collaborative project from minimal composer France Jobin and Richard Chartier.
DUO creates an “intemporelle“ and pervading atmosphere, where sounds intermingle within an intricate and delicate system delineated by spatial and temporal boundaries.

DUO.1 – 09:00
DUO.5 – 08:00

DUO.2 – 13:40

DUO.3 – 11:50

DUO.4 – 17:22

composed by France Jobin and Richard Chartier.
mastered by Stephen Mathieu

thank you to Yukitomo Hamasaki and Shuhei Miyagi
design by Richard Chartier

France Jobin and Richard Chartier are both published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd

More news regarding this release to follow in January 2019, stay tuned!

mAtter is an independent label and artistic organization based in Tokyo, founded in 2008 by the Japanese artist Yukitomo Hamasaki. mAtter objective is to create engaging outputs which evolve around the intercorrelations between sound and other aesthetic fields such as visual, design and architecture.




Original score by France Jobin and Stephan Mathieu
for Cedrick Eymenier’s film The Answer

Answers by France Jobin, Sea Songs by Stephan Mathieu

«Tu regardes devant toi. En même temps, tu fixes quelque chose qui est au dedans de toi-même. Un souvenir ou je ne sais pas quoi. En tout cas, quelque chose d’invisible aux autres. Tu héberges quelque chose qui n’est visible que par toi.»

Gaëlle Obiégly



Design by Caro Mikalef for Cabina

Published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music

© ℗ Schwebung 2016


Schwebung Étendue II

releases June 22, 2016

mirror neurons on DER



Duration 46:15

Format CD + Digital
Edition 500
Release Date April 21, 2015
Cover xx+xy visual

Track Listing
01 Parallel
02 Reflection
03 Mimesis

Bonus Video
All orders through DER’s Bandcamp will receive an excerpt of Mirror Neurons.
Visuals :  xx+xy visuals 
Sound : France Jobin and Fabio Perletta


“Mirror neurons will do for psychology what DNA did for biology”
— Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, neuroscientist

Mirror neurons represent a distinctive class of cells that fire both when an animal executes an action and when it observes another individual performing the same action. Discovered by Italian neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti and his team at the University of Parma while doing a research on the neural representation of motor movements in monkeys, the precise function and influence of these neurons has become one of the most important topic in neuroscience. They have been linked to many behaviours and abilities, from empathy to learning by imitation and language acquisition, as well as implicated in conditions such as autism and other brain disorders. These findings suggest that the mirror neuron system plays a key role in our ability to experience empathy.

Initiated by sound artists France Jobin and Fabio Perletta, Mirror Neurons is a media-project investigating the notion of empathy and physical distance. The entire album is the result of extended sound files exchange between Montréal (Canada) and Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy). Each of the pieces is based on rough sounds and their consequent re-working, listening and reaction, processing and imitation. The ongoing process helped the artists to draw inspiration in terms of stimuli for the act of composing itself in two very distant cities, different climate, time zones and languages.

Like much of Jobin and Perletta’s recent works, Mirror Neurons explores the artists’ interest in intersection between science and art, as well as the infinitely small and invisible. In order to further develop the concept of distance/connectivity, visual artists XX+XY from Rome have been involved in the process. They created a multi-dimensional, generative and ever-changing sound visualization through the use of quiet textures and subtle movements emphasizing the slowed sense of time of the work itself. Thought to be performed live in a big space, the video aims to create an immersive environment and a unique occasion to reflect about the behaviour of our emotions and the importance of human interaction.

Artists Info


First review on Igloo Magazine

Everestrecords – terrestre

New album out by MATHON on the 29. April 2011 on Everestrecords
with remixes by Steinbrüchel, Digitalis, Kenneth Kirschner, i8u, Tobias Reber, Matu and Elektrohandel.

Pre-order on Junodownload and Vinyl pro-order here: http://everestrecords.greedbag.com/buy/terrestre-0/

The project Mathon has its name from a beautiful place in the Swiss Alps. Every year since 2003 Thomas  Augustiny,
Roger Stucki and Pete Leuenberg meet there and invite different musicians, to translate the impressive sur rounding into music. The conceptual project is ambient music by its original definition : spaces becomes sound and sound generates space.

This way four albums have been recorded, together with Ronny Spiegel, Maria Capelli, Nocolas Kellner and Maurice de Martin. The growing interest for the visualisation of the music, lead to  installation for Etoy, HKB
for the museum for communication.

The pieces of the current release were remixed by international known musicians like; Kenneth Kirschner, i8u, Steinbrüchel or Digitalis.

preview on iTunes

Secrets of the lake / Foreign sun ー flag.frog ー EP

Secrets of the lake / Foreign sun ー flag.frog  ー EP

on murmur records

Guitarist Tsubasa Sugiyama was added to the Electronica unit “Liquid Weeld”, comprising of  Emi Aida and Yuki Aida.
Starting activities under another name, flag.frog, this work is the first release.

Their music is Ambient pop, whispers and voice of  Oriental melodies intertwines in the fragmentary guitar and the delicate electronic sound.
You should pay attention to luxurious remixers as well, moskitoo, celer, Taylor Deupree and i8u.

Set to be released on March 16th.

We started the acceptance of the pre-order.

Track Listing

01. secrets of the lake
02. foreign sun
03. secrets of the lake – moskitoo remix
04. foreign sun – celer remix
05. secrets of the lake – taylor deupree remix
06. secrets of the lake – i8u remix

murmur records is an independent Japanese electronic music label.
It was established by Yuki Aida, sound artist.
And Emi Aida deals with the artwork of the label.
We release drone, noise, experimental, electro-acoustic, minimalism and ambient sound into the specialty mainly.

The Clyde Parker Project Session #4

The Clyde Parker Project Session # 4 – End Parts Vol.

October 2010 – February 2011

32 Music Artists – 4 Discs (3 Discs + 1 Bonus Disc) – 45 songs – 4 Hours of music.

With :

Antti Tolvi
Barbara De Dominicis
Birds of Passage
Bristol Art
Cicely Irvine
Damian Valles
Darren Mc Clure
Esther Burns
Hans Appelqvist
i8u (France Jobin)
Jean-Philippe Guibert
krzysztof orluk
Leonardo Rosaldo
Linda Bjalla (Izumi suzuki)
Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Mirko Uhlig
Moinho( Franck M.)
n17 (Hellmut Neidhardt)
Orla Wren
Pascal Marius
Ran Slavin
spheruleus (Audiogourmet)

Ligne on Atak (2009)

ligne | CD | ATAK | i8u | Tomas Phillips

Tomas and i8u have been working together since the later part of 2005. For this release, the sessions were improvised with a compositional structure in mind, they were then edited further. The compositions of i8u and Tomas Phillips belie their designation as such. Constructed from improvisation first and foremost, each track reflects a particular moment of time and dialogue. Materials range from numerous electronic and acoustic sources, whilst inspiration derives from a similar diversity; in one instance, a film by Sergio Leone, in another, a wooden object, a piano. The conversation then extends to a period of revision, adjustments, subtractions, reflecting a fascination with minimal sound environments as well as the mutual inspiration of a warm friendship.

text by Tomas Phillips

donnée (edited and arranged by Keiichiro Shibuya)
ligne (remix by Keiichiro Shibuya)

Symbiotic on pertin_nce (2006)

symbiotic | NET | pertin_nce | i8u + andrew duke

1  Loon Statistics (11:02), 2  Exhale and Shiver (12:43), 3  MVI (as per David Kristian) (7:04), 4  Punch Jig (5:23), 5  March Of The Bionicles (for Michael and Alexandre) (6:35), 6  Train Travel Hypnosis (9:07)