Eugene S Robinson & Philippe Petit collaborate + album used as soundtrack to Final Academy 2012

23 Oct

Presenting LAST OF THE DEAD HOT LOVERS, a secondary installment in the tryptic of modern and highly specialised anomie brought to life by vocal lyricist EUGENE S. ROBINSON and musical tour guide PHILIPPE PETIT, covers an unspecified disaster at the centre of a failed and failing relationship. Equal parts “Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the last 16 hours of a love affair, LAST OF THE DEAD HOT LOVERS also features the estimable KASIA MEOW in a duet with Robinson that radiates all the best parts of homicidal suicides.

The Players…

EUGENE S. ROBINSON has, over the course of time emerged as a virtual man for all seasons. With a number of published books under his belt and upward of eight records with his group OXBOW, Robinson’s CV includes collaborations with Lydia Lunch, DJ Rupture, Xiu Xiu, Zu, Black Sun, Old Man Gloom, Barry Adamson, Marianne Faithfull, Klaus Flouride, Allen Ginsberg, Bevin Kelley from Blevin from Blechtdom, Todd, Capricorns, Jarboe and many many more.

PHILIPPE PETIT is interested in soundtracks; even if he creates original music he’d rather be introduced as a “musical travel agent” than a composer. PETIT uses a Cymbalum, an Electric Psalterion, Triple Caterpillar Drum Guitars, computer and synths to build up electronic layers, process acoustic and field recordings. To second the machines he likes to move various glasses, or percussive objects, and take advantage of vinyl material to fondle released sounds. A journalist for various magazines and radio as well as a musical activist, Petit celebrated 28 years of activism, sharing musical passions as the man behind the cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp.

Fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators, joining Lydia Lunch, Cindytalk, Murcof or Faust onstage, and on records with: Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots), Simon Fisher Turner, Kumo, Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys), Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle), My Brightest Diamond, Sybarite, Foetus, Pantaleimon, Graham Lewis (Wire), Barry Adamson, Scanner, Cindytalk, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Guapo, Leafcutter John, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe and many more. He is also the founder of the international collective Strings Of Consciousness.

KASIA MEOW sings for Szczecin, Poland’s Terrible Disease, as well as the electronic project Fake. A dancer for Contemporary Dance Theatre Kiosk Ruchu [with choreography of Krzysztof Lubka], Meow’s measured contribution to the ROBINSON + PETIT soundscape of relationship collapse is the bastard child of her multivariate interests in Gottfried Helnwein, Michał Szyksznian, Emil Cioran and Michel Houellebeq.

This Saturday 27 October in London, Philippe Petit will be amongst an array of esteemed guests taking part in Final Academy 2012, honouring the Final Academy event which first occurred 30 years ago in October.

This is what the organiser Joe Ambrose has said about Petit’s involvement:

“We are busy creating a soundtrack for FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 and are proud to announce the involvement of Philippe Petit (below), who has already provided music the Raymond Salvatore Harmon work, Language Virus, which we are featuring. Philippe has worked with friends of mine like Lydia Lunch and Daniel Figgis and with admirable artists such as Faust, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Foetus, and Simon Fisher Turner. A musical travel agent, he takes you where you want to go. His contribution to FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 is Last Of The Dead Hot Lovers (extract) by Eugene Robinson + Philippe Petit (feat. Kasia Meow). I’m equally honoured by the involvement of Eugene Robinson, writer and musician with Oxbow. Last Of The Dead Hot Lovers is due to be released on November 19, 2012 on Truth Cult/Southern UK.” – Joe Ambrose, organiser

Finally, there’s a great interview with Philippe here



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