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ElectrOpera, Act 02 New album Release CD 19 September 2013 Digital 19 October 2013

Press kit August 2013

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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After two concept albums, Temporal Gravitation2 in 2006 and Symphotronic Lunation in 2010 followed by the Lunation Tour, Philippe Fagnoni - alias AstroVoyager - is back with Modulations, the Act 02 of his new project: ElectrOpera started in 2012. This is one step further along this atypical electrocomposer's creative path, taking us deeper into his musical universe of electro-lyrical fusion. Philippe Fagnoni creates a new landscape, woven with the timeless purity of a diva's voice and the sound of church bells from the Franche-Comté region which act as an invisible thread linking the celestial AstroVoyager to his earthly roots.

A prolific composer, Philippe Fagnoni created AstroVoyager - a solo formation allowing his talents as a keyboard player total freedom - in 2000. Mixing natural, acoustic and synthetic sounds is very much the "hallmark" of AstroVoyager, on which he imposes but one restriction: a mighty sound, enfolding sumptuous electro-symphonic canvases, completed by an avant-garde visual choreography. So make yourself comfortable as we set off for new horizons. Welcome to the AstroVoyager dimension.

When electro meets baroque…

A string quartet and a mixed choir add to the powerfulness of this musical canvas adorned with electroabstract videos which lift the "audi-spectator" into the baroque weightlessness of ElectrOpera. This is a work in four acts, released at the rate of one per year (2012 to 2015); Pulsations (Act 01), Modulations (Act 02), Convolutions (Act 03) and Oscillations (Act 04). The first performance took place on October 19, 2012 at Ornans (25), underlining Fagnoni's attachment to the Franche-Comté region. The second Act will be officially performed on October 19, 2013 at Scène Bastille in Paris.

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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Welcome aboard the AstroVoyager, your pilot is Philippe Fagnoni. This atypical and creative artist invites you to explore the infinity of his audio-visual universe, to gravitate to the very limits of electroacoustic, of electro-symphonic and now for the third of his projects, of ElectrOpera. The magnitude is on a par with the great masters of this art such as Era, Enigma, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre, or of the most celebrated film score composers like Hans Zimmer or Eric Serra. AstroVoyager’s sound painting alternates intimate orchestrations with polished, rhythmic compositions enriched with a symphonic overlay that the inclusion of acoustic instruments turns into a bright path to better guide the "audi-spectator" through the dream. Born in Metz in 1974, Fagnoni is an architect of sound and vision. From the piano keyboard to those of computers and synthesisers, he fed on the electro explosion of the 1980s. In 2000, after several collaborations on keyboard with various groups, he created his own solo virtual formation, AstroVoyager. He was at last able to give free rein to his talents as a

composer with a sole ambition: to take "audispectators" on a journey without them ever having to get out of their chair. And the first maxi-CD, self-produced in 2003, hit home. Fagnoni was instantly signed to the French label Dreaming-Musea who took over the international distribution of future productions. The first album to emerge from this partnership was Temporal Gravitation2 three years later. That was followed in 2010 by a second concept album, Symphonic Lunation, in which the integration of multimedia crowned the virtual magnitude of AstroVoyager by following a lunar cycle through panoramic video projections to better take us beyond time. AstroVoyager is back in 2012, offering a concept in four EPs (one per year) ElectrOpera. At the heart of this new project, an even closer integration of orchestral instruments, of songs without words and of electro-abstract videos consolidate the musical and visual hallmark of AstroVoyager.

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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> ElectrOpera

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ElectrOpera, an electro-acoustic opera in four acts ElectrOpera takes us to a new level of sound explo-

ration and Philippe Fagnoni propels the experience further into the unexpected. A real electro-acoustic opera in four acts (one per year between 2012 and 2015) where the baroque rubs shoulders with the abstract, opening a new dimension to the imaginary voyage and inviting you to explore time and space accompanied by the sounds that rhythm our lives. Added to the electro waves, the celestial purity of a Diva's voice, the velvety layers of a string quartet and the depth of a mixed choir, are the sounds of church bells. But make no mistake, because here it is very much the symbolism of the original sound that counts; the first sound landmark of man, the ringing out of a warning, the sound that calls people to come together, the sound that guides. Overlaying the electro strata - like an invisible thread linking AstroVoyager to Earth - the recording of these bells was carried out in four buildings in Franche-Comté, Fagnoni's adopted home. Because the originality of this new concept comes from its regionalism; that of the bells of Franche-Comté, recorded in Ornans, Besançon, Dole and Deservillers and

that of the collaboration with renowned artists from the region. They include Sophie Elert (ElectroDiva), the Tetraktys ensemble (ElectroQuartet conducted by Dominique Miton - Viola leader of Besançon Symphony Orchestra, First Prize of Lyon Conservatoire) and an ElectroChoir formed especially by the choirmaster Stéphane Barçon, all mixed by Flavien Van Landuyt at Zèbre Studio (F-25 - Aldebert, Les Infidèles, Cirque Plume soundtracks, ...) and mastered by Jérémy Henry at Villa Mastering (F-75 Vladimir Cosma, Mylene Farmer, Indochine, ...). It is as if all the temporal magnitude of ElectrOpera originated in eastern France. More than a simple concept album, this is a total audio-visual show. Conceived around electroabstract geometric shapes created by Eric Parisi (Inzieye) cut with aerial views of typical FranceComté bell towers, the synopsis of the video element finally envelops the "audi-spectator" in the journey.

Pulsations (Act 01), Modulations (Act 02), Convolutions (Act 03) and Oscillations (Act 04), the four acts of ElectrOpera which will be released at a rate of one act per year, are firmly anchored in the transmitted movement, echo, sighs and sensations which immerse us in an audiovisual macrocosm, pulsating with suggestion and dreams.

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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> ElectrOpera

~ track list

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ElectrOpera, Act 02– Modulations Track list

Modulation I = Opening the Act 02 of ElectrOpera, a piece modulated in two parts: the first with the strength of the symphony orchestra, the second with a deep atmospheric beat backed up by a powerful synthetic lead. AstroVoyager takes off again and replaces in orbit ... Modulation II = Viewing position reached and first UFO viewed: an unexpected encounter between the rich vocals of an ElectroDiva and accents of a vintage dirty synthetic rhythm. AstroVoyager distills his call to continue the journey ... Modulation III = The AstroVoyager saucer captures a distant message: a female voice invites it to join her and to leave with her… In the background, the rhythmic modulations of time mingle with the intensity of carnal mixtures: a caress, a daydream open space ... Modulation IV = Down-tempo spatio-temporal modulation around a throbbing synthetic chorus. AstroVoyager is alone again with you, given the immensity of space: nostalgia and emotions to share together... Modulation V = Up-tempo conclusion for Act 02 of ElectrOpera! The ElectroDiva voice rings the second terrestrial ElectrOpera recall. An exchange between heavenly voice and heady lead over an unleashed electrotrance synthetic beat, as an air bridge between Heaven and Earth ...

// Bonus tracks // Three new remixes by Destillat, famous electro-dark composer from Ornans and faithful accomplice of AstroVoyager's projects for already 10 years. Modulation III = Not Another Dream Mix by Destillat Both celestial and hot remix that gives this track even more air dimension. Modulation I = Not Another Ghost Mix by Destillat Pure electro-dark remix where symphonic parts are sampled and peplum-oriented reworked. Modulation III = Not a Hot Mix by Destillat Extremely hot remix with a binary and modulated rhythm.

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ElectrOpera ~ Act 02 ~ Modulations ~ 2013

8 tracks - 35 minutes Dreaming DR 8488 Digital version: itunes / fnac / amazon www.astrovoyager.com CD version: Musea Records / Fnac / Amazon / Cultura www.musearecords.com

Digital price: 4.99 € CD price : 7.90 €

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

Press release Biography

> ElectrOpera

~ track list

Discography Contacts

ElectrOpera, Act 01- Pulsations Track list

Introduction = ElectrOpera overture. Might and mystery blend here, picking up the introductory theme of all AstroVoyager concept albums. This 2012 re-orchestration is a chance to construct a call to travel through an unusual encounter: a Diva's voice. Pulsation I = The first piece to be composed in this the project. It hits a lively and nostalgic note. Like lift-off, you gaze from the window of your virtual spacecraft onto the patchwork of landscapes below. This is followed by emptiness and a spatial echo, but always connected to life and the power of mankind. Pulsation II = We are in orbit … space sighs contrast with a rhythm both haunting and fast. The Diva continues to exude a call to go ever further in this detachment from planet Earth.   Pulsation III = The orbit stabilises, it is a time of calmness. We can begin to observe the immensity of it all. The string quartet breaks the spatial silence and sets the rhythm for the rest of the voyage. Pulsation IV = A second unusual encounter on this journey. An acoustic/electronic dialogue between violin and synthesiser.

er of Earth. A virtual exchange between synthesisers and bells, spatialised by the Diva's voice which forms an aerial bridge between Heaven and Earth.

// Bonus tracks // Pulsation I // Prodige Mix by Cédric Leroy: film score composer. He offers a peplum-orientated remix. Pulsation II // Not a woman Mix by Destillat: dark electro composer from Ornans. He offers a Gothic Dark remix, backed by the power of a male voice choir.

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ElectrOpera ~ Act 01 ~ Pulsations ~ 2012

8 tracks - 38 minutes Dreaming DR 8487 Digital version: itunes / fnac / amazon www.astrovoyager.com CD version : Musea Records / Fnac / Amazon / Cultura www.musearecords.com

Digital price: 4.99 € CD price : 7.90 €

Pulsation V = End of Act I. This is the first remind-

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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>ElectrOpera

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

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ASTROVOYAGER - Lunation Tour Live LP&video - 2011 34 tracks - 120 minutes 2 CDs / 180 minutes 3 DVDs - Dreaming FGBG9030 / mp3

ASTROVOYAGER - Symphotronic Lunation LP / 2010 18 tracks - 55 minutes CD / 60 minutes DVD - Dreaming DR8460 / mp3

ASTROVOYAGER - Apollo 11 Single / 2011 3 tracks - 11 minutes / mp3

ASTROVOYAGER - Full Moon RendezVous EP / 2010 5 tracks - 20 minutes Vinyl / mp3

ASTROVOYAGER - Temporal Gravitation² LP / 2006 15 tracks - 45 minutes CD Dreaming DR8436 / mp3

ASTROVOYAGER - Gravitation Temporelle EP / 2003 8 titres - 20 minutes CD / mp3

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Press Kit AstroVoyager August 2013

Press release Biography ElectrOpera Discography

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AstroVoyager crew ASTROVOYAGER

LABEL // DISTRTIBUTION

Philippe Fagnoni www.astrovoyager.com pilot@astrovoyager.org +33 (0)6 81 32 70 01 www.facebook.com/astrovoyager

DREAMING - A division of MUSEA RECORDS Bernard Gueffier www.musearecords.com manager@musearecords.com 33 (0)3 87 36 18 18 www.facebook.com/Musea.Records

PROMOTION

MANAGEMENT FM MANAGEMENT Marc Fazio www.fm-management.net info@fm-management.net +33 (0)6 99 43 09 00 www.facebook.com/fmmanagementconcerts

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AstroVoyager Press kit - ElectrOpera Act 02 - 2013