The aim is not to play original ragtime, this skipping
music, from the end of XIX century, thas has been one of the roots
for jazz, and inspiration for composers like Claude Debussy and
Erik Satie. It's rather a matter of ragging the time
and cutting it to pieces, as the word says so. The warm electronic
sounds of the Moog use the sample & hold system,
selecting random notes and automatically playing them on the keyboard.
The Stratocater Fender guitar is improved by unusual pedals effects,
such as the ring modulator, the Talk-Box or the Q-Tron. Added to
fluffy and sweet sonorities from old waxes, these elements lead
to explore surprising, absurd and adventurous musical universes.
Disarticulated fox-trots, punky or hawaiian waltzes, covers from
Led Zeppelin, John Fahey, W.A. Mozart, winks to Sun Ra, Jelly Roll
Getting away from Camizole and after several Video Adventures with
different fellows, Dominique Grimaud is admittedly a loner, but
this new disc shows that he still remains very populated within
himself ! Indeed, he manipulates his pick-up to invent new playmates
more noisy than the old waxes of the Grévin museum.
Like his compatriot from Chartres, the raw artiste Raymond Isidore,
known as Picassiette, who spent his spare time decorating his hand-made
house with mosaics created by pieces of crockery gleaned here and
there, Grimo recycles those antiquated recordings from dance hop
orchestras, argentinian tango... to make a rather syncopated interbreeding
with his analogue synthesizer automaton and his odd way of playing
The amazing arrangements, the proliferation of sounds that recall
animal cries and sonorous gags, evoke the sound tracks of Tex Avery's
cartoons created by Carl Stalling, or Spike Jones music hall shows.
Last but not least, Grimo designed with application a magnificent
black & white libretto which illustrate the sonorous universe
of each track.
Hepcats into the ring ! Analogically anachronistic.
Dominique Grimaud Mandoline-banjo, Moog, Fender Stratocaster,
Records, Spinet from the Vosges, Harmonica, Melodica, Bird call,
Tagubu rythm guitar (2), percussion (4), voice (13)
Anne / Anna voice (13)