Digital Remastered at studio Laureen June 2001, Paris.|
- Elixir [3:04]
- Aquarythmies [5:11]
- Arcanes a b c [7:55]
- Pavane [4:47]
- Itineraire [4:20]
- Les Yeux Cadenasses [3:47]
- A Cloche - Pied [2:56]
- Pavane (reprise) [1:20]
- Migration [5:17]
- Nuance [2:54]
- Evanescence [3:26]
- Septentrion [3:43]
- Les Litanies Des Animaux Cybernetiques [5:16]
- Lunatisme [1:24]
- Infinitude [4:03]
- Onirie [3:06]
- De CeCote Du Miroir [3:53]
- Metamorphose D'un Bal [7:07]
Composed, performed, produced, engineered by Richard Vimal.
Track 1 - 8 released 1980
Track 9 - 16 released 1978
Track 17 taken from the album Transparences
Track 18 additional, unreleased bonus track.
When it comes to French E.M. artists, immediately Jarre & Pinhas come to mind.
But now the classic album Aquarythmies by Richard Vimal has seen the light of day after 21 years from it's original release. Which includes the album 'Migrations', one track from 'Transparences' and a bonus un-released piece,
Richard musical career started in 1970 when he was only 18 with his first privately recorded single, a typical French 'Chanson' affair with drums, guitar, bass etc.
Then in 1973 a second single appeared on the "Barclay Label' the A side 'je vous Salue leu France' was a satirical glance at French history. A quite uptempo piece which received many airplays on French radio but commercially was a flop.
Between 1973 and 76 where lean years for Richard living for short spells in Madrid, London & Paris, working in vineyards, selling wine and as a travelling salesman for a short period of time.
Then came the big break in 1976, getting a contract with Polydor.
His first album 'Transparences' came out in early 1977, it never sold well, around 800 copies. possibly because it was only distributed in France. The albums 10 tracks were very laid back ,romantic and melodic. Most were songs with French lyrics, with restrained synth arrangements.
The following year saw 'Migrations' a completely instrumental album more electronic with guitar and drums on one track.
This time the album was distributed in 19 countries and sold 6-7000 copies, an amount newer EM artists would die for.
1980 saw the best from Richard with 'Aquarythmies' which was recorded at his home on a mobile studio and mixed later in Paris.
Another totally instrumental album with infectious sounds. The rhythmic tracks such as 'Elixir' and 'Itinerarire' are free-flowing, the later has Jarre type rhythms, it's hard to believe that the sequences were played by hand. 'Pavane' has quite strong classical overtones, with a romantic touch. Then there's the 3 parter called 'Arcanes' with stirring church organ chords, again showing classical tendencies.
Considering the limited equipment at his disposal the Korg polyphonic PS3300 and Roland Monophonic keyboards, echo box guitars and 4 -track Teac tape recorder, the music flows like a good wine. Funny enough in an interview in the early eighties Richard described the album as flowing, all down to healthy consumption of wine at that time, jokingly saying it could have been called Vinerythmies.
The bonus track Metamorphose recorded in 2001 on the album reminds me of electronic chamber/ classical music, if you can image that, and certainly doesn't sound out of place with the older stuff.
After this classic release nothing was heard from Richard, although on the sleeve notes of this re-release it mentions that over the last twenty years he has made music for 100+ film & TV productions and is currently at the early stages of producing a symphony in 4 movements for synths & orchestra.
Expect other releases in the future from a musician whose music in the 70/80¹s was like a breath of fresh air.
Welcome back Richard.
2002. Mick (TheED)
MY E-MAIL TO DEIMOS MUSIC - ABOUT THEIR EMBARRASING REISSUE OF VIMAL ON CD.
It's a pity I can't really praise your cd edition of Richard Vimal's AQUARYTHMIES on cd.
First, you literally destroyed the first piece - ELIXIR - by altering the speed of this piece. I doubt it was the artist who did this.
I have the original version of this album on CELESTIAL HARMONIES and my own digitally cleaned version sounds much better than your cd.
Secondly, you insist you "carefully" remastered the original tapes, but there´s way too much hiss on this cd which suggest
you simply played back the tapes and transfer them onto a cd master. This is not - to my ears - anything even close to
a careful remastering.
Third, there's audible distortion in several tracks on AQUARYTHMIES that are not inherent to the master tapes.
It's well know the LP format never revealed the true sound contained on master tapes but vinyl is a faithful enough format to detect or show distortion, and none of these distortions are on the original Polydor lp pressed by french label.
MIGRATIONS sounds much better though there's still too much tape hiss which needed to be removed.
Two additional tracks are interesting, first, due to the difficulty to find the TRANSPARENCIES LP and to get to hear Vimal's current day sound, not too innovative in my opinion.
Long story short, a big deception for a non cheap cd which promises a lot for its great booklet and carefully stamped art-work on the cd itself but one which I won't probably want to pick up many more times.
Remastering is a serious term and it appeals to serious listeners. No one should play around with this label on stickers.
I'm very curious to hear what Mr. Vimal thinks about this cd reissue which deserved a much more decent treatment due to the quality of his music.
2003. Christian Landaeta / Chile
Today Richard Vimal works as a composer of music for movies and television as well as advertisements for companies like Peugeot, Michelin and Shell, to name but a few.
After having played piano and guitar for some time, Vimal first discovered the synthesizer in 1974. Fascinated by its seemingly unlimited sonic possibilities he acquired a Roland SH3. A period of fanatic experimentation finally led to a recording contract with Polydor and the release of his first album entitled Transparences in 1977 (on which he also took over the lead vocals).
However his first effort did not prove to be a success. His second, entirely instrumental album Migration fared slightly better.
In 1980 he released Aquarythmies, which delighted fans everywhere. However, as Polydor and Vimal could not reach an agreement about a follow-up project, Vimal cancelled the contract and began to focus on working for the film industry (in 1981 he composed his first soundtrack for a short film for Aeronava).
Now both instrumental studio albums have been released on one CD, which also includes one track from Transparences (certainly not too bad a choice) as well as a brand new and previously unreleased bonus track (with some classical overtones). Vimal’s current activities include the composition of a symphony in four movements for Synths and Orchestra. For the future other releases of Vimal’s music are in preparation.
The liner notes mention composers like Bach or Schubert as sources for his inspiration (amongst others) and particularly stress the fact that Vimal only listens to the works of ‘classical’ composers as this strictly prevents him from inadvertently copying contemporary musical styles, thereby following the example of fellow musicians like Vangelis, Tomita and Larry Fast. However, upon listening to this album I cannot shake off the feeling that a certain Jean-Michel Jarre did bring his influence to bear. As a matter of fact Jarre released his Oxygene a little earlier, he also had a record deal with Polydor at the time and is said to be French too….
Anyway, these 73+ minutes of music are definitely worth a listen after all these years. Anyone who likes music of contemporaries like Jarre, Baffo Banfi and Michael Cretu should listen to this CD or just buy it right away!
By referring to ‘Electronic Classics’ Deimos Music seems to refer to future releases. I for one am looking forward to that!
2004. Menno von Brucken Fock / SonicImmersion.org
OK big question here that I am amazed that no one has picked up on. The re master includes the Migrations album but not the whole album. The final track on that album is Entre Deaux Eaux so why the hell has this been removed from the re master?
I realize there are two bonus songs but there is space on the CD for the missing track which is under 3 minutes long. Personally I would have preferred this to De CeCote Du Miroir although having both would have been nice.
Anyone know why Migrations has the above mentioned track missing?
2006. Ned Flanders / Scotland