Sylvain Chauveau
Le livre noir du capitalisme
Sonic Pieces
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Edition of 200 copies, handmade textile artwork w/ printed inner
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1Et peu à peu les flots respiraient comme on pleure 3:28
2JLG 2:10
3Hurlements en faveur de Serge T. 2:58
4Le marin rejeté par la mer 3:36
5Dernière étape avant le silence 4:55
6Dialogues avec le vent 3:31
7Ses mains tremblent encore 1:58
8Ma contribution à l’industrie phonographique 2:47
9Géographie intime 5:24
10Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts 4:18
11Mon royaume 2:46
12Potlatch (1971-1999) 1:58
13Un souffle remua la nuit 2:33

Sylvain Chauveau's debut album "Le livre noir du capitalisme" is a melancholic milestone – and a precursor of what later would become the Modern Classical genre. With his release in 2000, Chauveau created a landmark of contemporary electronic music, parallel to the first releases of Jóhann Jóhannsson and Max Richter.

Inspired by John Cage's reflections on silence and Mark Hollis' solo album of the same name, on "Le livre noir du capitalisme" Chauveau assembles contemplative, repetitive piano and string arrangements with electronic sound layers and discreet field recordings to create an other-worldly but seductive Musique Noir. Midway between ambient, jazz and post-rock, Chauveau lays out a new paradigm of electro-acoustic music that functions as much atmospherically as compositionally, and whose parameters keep the boundaries between academic and non-academic music dissolved to this day.

Originally released on the small French experimental label Noise Museum in 2000, the album got reissued by Type Records in 2008 with the English title “The Black Book of Capitalism”. Being out of print for a while, Sonic Pieces now rereleases the classic with its original French title, plus new remastering by Loop-O and in an ultra-limited, handmade edition with black bookcloth cover on both CD and vinyl.