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Welcome.

MUSIC BRIDGES UNIVERSES.

As an independent composer & musician, for years, I've been playing music without composing nor recording.

Now It's done.


In love with the diversity of musical styles, music is, to me, above all a bridge between GENERATIONS, cultures, geographies.

and,

essentially,

a mirror reflecting self-discovery in the presence of others.


I invite you to embark on a journey within 'Imaginary Journeys' : a chronological and musical frieze OF MY relation WIITH MUsIC. 

FROM My childhood up tO NOW.

IN four parts.





Thanks for being there


and 


Welcome.

Discover Imaginary Journeys
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DISCOVER

IMAGINARY
JOURNEYS

A CONCEPT ALBUM IN 4 PARTS

Imaginary Journeys is the culmination of a lifelong musical odyssey.

 

From the earliest notes of my childhood, music has been my unwavering companion, intertwining with the fabric of my imagination. From the sprawling landscapes of my adolescence, music served as a portal to distant realms, unveiling elusive sonic treasures that were hidden away in the countryside.

 

Music, in all its diversity, serves as a unifying force, transcending temporal and physical boundaries, weaving connections where there were none.

This art form, demanding in its creativity, doesn't settle for the mundane. The allure of the concept album, with its power to breathe life into unique narratives and imaginative realms, has always beckoned me.

Now, the time has come to pay homage to this steadfast companion, for the countless years of harmony it has shared with me.

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Embarking on a journey, all by myself, facing a blank canvas, I made a decision after the summer of 2022 that would define a new chapter in my musical story.  It was time to compose, record, and produce a solo album, from the first note to the final mix.

I consciously chose to embrace the limitation of composing within the musical styles that deeply resonated with me at different phases of my life. Within this constraint, akin to a momentary discipline, we unearth our true selves and discover freedom. And when the creation ends, it is enough to throw away the concept of discipline and look with a new eye, and view, with fresh eyes, that self-reinvented part of ourselves that we have become.

As I immersed myself in the recording process, I came to realize that this wasn't about mere gaps; it was a quest for unity. Music's power lies precisely in its ability to transcend styles, defy categories, and shatter hierarchies – to bring people together, to open hearts, to breathe life into freedom, and to convey the universal, undeniably human essence that lies within us all.

Isn't that, after all, the enigmatic secret of music's boundless universality?

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PART I : 1980 - 2000 

Born in 1980, my childhood was bathed in vinyl, cassettes and video tapes from my parents, and - last but not the least - with the arrival of video games culture.

 

As part of the early 80s generation, this period was to nourish me by its crossing between new music, the omnipotence of analog, the arrival of early digital music - especially in synthesizers, the maturity of modern musical forms (blues, rock, electronics) and the 80s powerful crossing of new sounds and new images.With an emphasis placed on visual as well as musical appeal, many musical groups concentrated nearly as much time on their appearance and choreography.

 

This dreamful sketches have fueled my imagination as a young child. In the middle of all this, my little brother arrived in 1989 and became my best music and video games friend.

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PART II : 2000 - 2010

In my youthful journey, I embarked on a boundless quest for knowledge. My explorations spanned literature, cinema, science, art, geographies...these were the days when digital platforms unfurled a vast access to music, and I reveled in the flow of global rhythms.
 

Those years engraved upon my soul the profound truth that music serves as a unifying thread, stitching together generations, cultures, and distant lands. It is the profound universal tongue, unveiling a shared consciousness and cosmic order.
 

Music isn't singular but myriad, forming an ever-expanding spiral of dimensions. Each coil is a complete universe, and each universe merely a coil. Music transforms us into the spiral, embracing all spirals within.

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PART III : 2010 - 2020

After years of exploration, the birth of my daughters profoundly altered my worldview. Diligently observing their childhood was akin to gazing into the mirror of my own life. Each day brings fresh revelations.

My time in Germany imparted the wisdom of minimalism and the tranquility of neo-classical music. Delving into jazz harmony and piano, I discovered that the quest for a few notes could become an extensive journey.

It was about unearthing hidden truths within life's interstices, a pursuit achievable only through dedicated, introspective, and passionate work. Embracing minimalism and contemporary music allowed me to distill a decade of diverse listening experiences into a source of inner serenity.

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PART IV : 2020 & beyond

My encounter with analog synthesis dawned upon me when I realized that Nature communicate through a musical language, and whether we embrace it or not, machines can aid humanity in comprehending it.
 

The boundless realm of analog synthesis enticed me deeply, propelling me into this culture. I embarked on the journey of crafting my own modular synthesizer.
 

From that point onward, boundless possibilities unfolded. The tangible and instinctive nature of analog synthesis ignited a fervor within me: creation became accessible to all, and every moment evolved into an open canvas of artistic expression.

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List of Tracks

Part I

01. VHS 1980

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-707: Rémi Paccou

Synths, Guitars (Bass & Electric): Rémi Paccou

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

 

02. Freedom

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-505, Pianos, Synths, Saxophone: Rémi Paccou

Guitars (Bass & Electric): Rémi Paccou

Spoken Voice: Jim Harrison

Voices & Choirs: Tee Mogano (Thank U my friend)

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

03. Dreams

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-707: Rémi Paccou

Synths, Guitars (Bass & Electric): Rémi Paccou

Voices: Jesse Jackson’s - Wattstax Opening Speech 

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

04. Life

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths: Rémi Paccou

Bass Guitar: Rémi Paccou

Voices & Choirs: Vytautė Makutytė

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

Part II

05. Jardin Vauban

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths, Acoustic Guitar: Rémi Paccou
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n Poem: Guillaume Apollinaire, Le Pont Mirabeau, by the Author, Original, 1913

Voices & Choirs: Julia Brassel

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

06. From Mali To Mississippi

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Sitar: Rémi Paccou

Acoustic, Bass & Electric Guitars: Rémi Paccou

Spoken Dialog: Ali Farka Touré

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

Part III

Part IV

09. I Saw You In My Dream

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-707: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths: Rémi Paccou

Voices: Tee Mogano

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

13. Love On A Real Train

Original Track: Tangerine Dream, from 'Risky Business'

Bass & Electric Guitars: Rémi Paccou

Electric Guitar Solo 1: Rémi Paccou

Electric Guitar Solo 2: Fabrice Lacourt

Voices & Choirs: 'Risky Business', 1983

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

10. And Suddenly You Were There

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-707: Rémi Paccou

Piano & Synths: Rémi Paccou

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

14. The Hearts Of The Suns

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

12 Strings-Acoustic Guitar: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Mellotron: Rémi Paccou

Moog Modular, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600: Rémi Paccou

Spoken Voice: David Bohm 

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

07. Liberations

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths: Rémi Paccou

Solo Guitar: Loïc Boone (my beloved Slash!)
Spoken Text: Emmeline Pankhurst,

'Freedom or Death', 1913

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

11. Childhoods

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

TR-505: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths: Rémi Paccou

Voices: Anna & Romane

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

15. Reunion

Original Track: Colin Benders, Live Session

All Analog Synthesis: Own-built analog synth, Moog Modular, ARP Odyssey, ARP 2600: Rémi Paccou

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

08. Empty Words

Original Track: Popion

TR-505, Piano, Synths: Rémi Paccou

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

12. Périples Imaginaires

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Piano, Synths, Bass Guitars: Rémi Paccou

Spoken Voice: Jacques Prévert, 'Un poète à Paris'

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

16. We Are Rivers

Composition & Arrangement: Rémi Paccou

Piano & Synths: Rémi Paccou

Spoken Poem: Jim Harrison

Mixing & Mastering: Mathieu Gaud

All songs played on Fender Stratocaster US Deluxe, Gibson Firebird 1963, Martin D-28 Marquis, Maton EM100C-12 Messiah, Fender Jazz Bass, Mechanical Yamaha Piano, Yamaha DX-7, Casio CZ, ARP Odyssey MKII 1973, Arturia Polybrute, Arturia Matrixbrute, analog home-made synthesizers (thanks Mutable Instruments!), TR-505, TR-707, Calcutta Manipuri Sitar (bought in 2009 in Bangalore!), Buffet Crampon Saxophone

And I admit :) a homeopathic dose of plug-in :)

All tracks mixed & mastered at Mémoire Mécanique Studio, Grenoble, France

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