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Kowuq: Prolegomena

Prōtokol

Planisphère
PLANISPHERE007 | 2021-05-14  
One year after the release of his first EP Lueur Crépusculaire, Prōtokol, Parisian artist and co-founder of the label Planisphère, offers us a four-track album as mysterious as its name: Kowuq: Prolegomena.
Prolegomena: A long introduction presenting the notions necessary to understand a work.
This ambient opus is an invitation to travel, a few trance steps sketched on the edge of a wider territory that the musician, who passed through Berlin, plans to explore through several releases.Timeless but close to the real, musical and textual - through a collection of texts written from the sound experience he proposes - Kowuq apprehends the world that surrounds us through the musical prism. Prolegomena is its introduction and first chapter.
Artist’s note: I composed this EP with the guideline of the work of time, whose elasticity structures my creation and my aesthetic vision of the world. After a year of cohabitation with a virus that forced us to change our lifestyles and consumption patterns, both cultural and economic, our lives, sliding at a crazy speed or stretched to the point of losing our sanity, seem to have been discharged of any temporal referential.
Through long textured tracks mixing the synthetic with the organic, my EP Kowuq: Prolegomena questions our way of consuming culture, and particularly music, in a world where it is discovered and thrown away at the same time. Under the influence of artists like Abul Mogar, Caterina Barbieri, Alessandro Cortini or BLNDR and the labels Air Texture in the United States, Accents Records in France or Archive in Spain, I tried to transmit to the listeners emotions that are their own, embedded in their universe but stimulated by mine.
That’s why I chose not to attach a video clip to my creations, so that everyone can let themselves be carried away by the sounds, in order to open up their imagination without setting any rules. This EP can be listened to lying down, sitting or standing, at high or low volume, it doesn’t matter, just take your time. (Luc Bydon)
Biography
Under the alias Prōtokol hides Luc Bydon, a French musician based in Paris. Mixing electronic and acoustic sounds, the technoid and noisy tracks he composes open up to arrangements for strings, piano and trumpet, his instrument of choice. Lueur Crépuscuaire, his first EP released in 2020, combined his different influences. Coming from a classical training at the conservatory and music and sound creation at the university, and opened to the electronic scene thanks to a two-year stay in Berlin, the co-founder of Planisphere produces his second EP under the sign of ambient.
Prōtokol sculpts the sound matter like a melancholic landscape charged with caring emotions, whose compositional rigor does not affect its generosity. His long tracks gradually modify our senses and drive us into weightlessness, for a meditative and bewitching journey.

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