Friday, November 17, 2006

French Singer Chills By Sampling Ice Chunks

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When French singer Emilie Simon wants to make music to chill by, she takes it literally.

Simon – who did the soundtrack for the French version of March Of The Penguins – often finds unique sounds in unusual ways.

For instance, one of the songs on her American debut, The Flower Book, actually uses a rhythm that she created by rubbing pieces of ice together.

Simon says she can’t remember if she used crushed ice or cubes for the songs but samples all sorts of sounds in hopes of finding tones that fit the sounds she hears in her head.

However, she hasn’t tried actually writing songs by banging ice together. She prefers to write songs on piano or guitar because, as she puts it, “Composing is the skeleton of a song. It has to be strong and stable before the instruments go on it.”

Now that Simon has experimented with ice as a musical instrument, she’s exploring H2O in other ways, including an album devoted to wind and rain and a soundtrack for an aquarium in France.

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