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19-07-2005, 08:38 PM
A friend just gave me a copy of "Flash" (on Alga Marghen), he just said. He's gr-r-rovy, a survivor like Tzartes.

Quite intrigued by this house-music inspired mash-up.

Anyone a fan of his, or can further illuminate me?

20-07-2005, 09:11 AM
Berrocal's a beautiful genius. Remember the Video-Aventures tracks I put on that compilation of french oldies I made for you ? Berrocal singing, stunning.

Essentials reissues here : http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/berrocal.jacques.html

and this compilation's great too : http://www.secondlayer.co.uk/index/p1185.htm

07-09-2005, 09:00 AM
Thanks Morlu. That Video Aventures track is the bomb.

This from Pascal Bussy's book on Kraftwerk.

Vis a vis "Tour De France:

"It is feasible they were influenced by a record made in 1976 by the French Avant-Garde Musician Jac Berrocal called "Rock'N'Roll Sation" which also used the sounds of pedals, gear ratios and bicycle bells"

29-09-2005, 10:19 AM
Excellent interview here:


29-09-2005, 02:05 PM
'Paralleles' is the album with 'Rock n Roll Station' on it. Vince Taylor guests on vocals, it's kind of an oblique homage to Russolo, or something. Great album too, veers from free-improv skree to weird electronics and tapes and a lot of it is recorded at different locations around Paris. Alga Marghen reissued that a couple of years back.

Berrocal did a couple of sessions with Steve Stapleton too, parts of which appear on either the 2nd or 3rd (?) NWW album.

Sylvia Hallett does great things with bicycle wheels too.

29-09-2005, 06:11 PM
I'll also reaffirm the love for Berrocal. I think my favorite track on Paralleles is 'Post-card' which was recorded in a pig sty. All throughout the tumbling improv it sounds like giant machines are crushing some unknown type of animal to death in the background.

I will admit I do get a little bit bored by his rather lengthy solo trumpet tracks. I'm sure to many who are really into to straight improv its great stuff, but I like the fireworks, i.e. moaning pigs and over-the-hill rockstars.