Cover art by by Jonathan Silverman, design by Elise Debouny
OCD047 : Floy Krouchi / Vibrant Continuum
An intrinsic individual experience to bring you on the edges of vibrant continuum!
VIBRANT CONTINUUM is a solo album from Floy Krouchi. The Parisian bassist and composer works with her fretless electric bass like it was a living body and then adds electronics. Influenced by Indian music which she studied with Pandit Hindraj Divekar, master of Rudra Veena, she thinks of this record as a contemporary electronic raga, deconstructed, and which unfolds into 10 pieces.
Vibrant Continuum is a journey into low vibration, within sound, connected to the Universe, cosmic. An unprecedented exploration of the instrument, influenced by composers such as Alice Coltrane, Eliane Radigue. It plays with transpositions between modal and electroacoustic music, rhythms and noisy textures.
Floy Krouchi is a sound artist, bass player and electroacoustic composer from Paris.
She cofounded Mafucage, a collective ensemble of experimental women musicians in the end of the 90s.
She now leads her project "Bass Holograms" under several forms. Solo or collaboratively, forming the “Bass Holograms ensemble” as in New York with Chess Smith, Hank Roberts Mark Bingham or Emilie Lesbros, as well as in New Orleans or in duo with drummer Benjamin Sanz for various European festivals . She also plays with James Brandon Lewis in the Cliffs trio, and with Devin Brahja Waldman in Sonic Totem.
Floy, pic by Ann Son Bas
She is pursuing a work on radio art through sound pieces at the cross-roads of essay, fiction, documentary and sound poetry that won several international awards (Luc Ferrari Prize in 2010, Prix Italia in 2011, Phonurgia Nova in 2013).
Her vinyl albums and CDs are edited and released under European and American labels such as OFF records, Cry of Silence, Arboretum NYC, Magnetic Deer, Gracia Territori Sonor, Piety Street Files and Media Archives, and Radio France.
Her latest project FKBass consists of an augmented bass with built-in technology designed specifically for her musical creations and her solo Bass Holograms.
She is also the designer of "Sonic Totem" an interactive sound sculpture, produced at the Hangar art center in Barcelona.
Her work is shown wordly in places like Louvres Abu Dhabi, documenta 13, centre Pompidou, GRM or Ircam, and she performed her projects in venues and festivals in India, China, the Middle-East, Europe and Us.
Floy designed her own instrument, the FKBass: an hybrid bass with integrated sensors, designed specifically for her musical creations and her solos. You can read more on her site here.
An interview explaining her bass and how she creates with it: