I am interested in soundtracks; even if I create original music I'd rather be introduced as a "musical travel agent" than a composer.
Since the early 2000s I have been performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia... Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Staubgold, etc... (see the section "Friends/Collaborators" above in the Menu bar for a detailed list + links).
To compose musics I use various instruments or devices, though most notably an Electric Psalterion + Hackbrett Cymbalum + Caterpillar Drum Guitars built by Yuri Landman (see right picture above) + turntables as well as a computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. On top of those, I like to move various glasses, pieces of wood, stones, or percussive objects, as well as taking advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds.
Dealing with Electroacoustics, because I'm relying on electricity/amplification to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, but trying my best to explore various genres and make sure that each of my albums differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise my listeners.
A journalist for various magazines/radios since 1983, as well as a musical activist, I have celebrated 30 years of activism, sharing my musical passions... I am aso the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.
Not musically trained/educated I lie outside the Classical genre but my scores incorporate traditional classical components in a predominantly unconventional manner which recently allowed me to being asked by Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana Maria Avram to join forces as a soloist in their Hyperion Ensemble + being invited by Jean-Paul Dessy (Musiques Nouvelles ensemble) and Raoul Lay (Ensemble Télémaque) to become in charge of electronics/turntables in their ambitious E. C. O. (European Chamber Orchestra) formation comprising of 33 soloists... http://ecosound.eu/en/composers/
Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators: joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, The European Contemporary Orchestra (E.C.O.), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs, Audrey Chen, Mia Zabelka, Iancu Dumitrescu's Hyperion Ensemble, Stephen O'Malley, Yannick Barman, PAS or Faust onstage and-or in studio.
Besides I did some recordings with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Andy Diagram, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Justin K. Broadrick, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe, Jad Fair and many more...
- Philippe Petit: Cymbalomentums (Monotype - 2015)
- Philippe Petit: Ear Me In... (Bôlt - 2015)
- Philippe Petit: Songe d'Azur (HomeNormal - TBA) - Philippe Petit: A Modern Atlantis Down Under A Wave Of Greed (vinyl 10' - Africantape - 2015) - Philippe Petit & Friends: Space Is The Place (10' vinyl + Digital / Alrealon Musique - TBA) - Machinefabriek & Philippe Petit: First Meeting (T.B.A.)