Philippe Petit : 40 ans d’activisme musical !

Philippe PETIT

40 years of musical activism, let’s celebrate ! (1/2)

Bienvenue sur webSYNradio dans notre émission spéciale évoquant la musique de Philippe Petit à l’occasion de ses 40 ans comme musical travel-agent comme il aime lui même se définir.
Vous écouterez « Boire le fleuve Achéron à sa source » sorti chez Cronica. Il s’agit d’un préquel à « Ma Divine Comédie » son œuvre la plus ambitieuse à paraître en 2024 sur le label portugais…

« A Reassuring Elsewhere » qui nous propulse à travers le miroir dans l’espoir d’atteindre un pays des merveilles, dans une sorte de geste vertigineux mais avec, parfois, une main tendue vers un ailleurs plus serein …  Il s’agit du Chapitre 2 à paraître sur le label britannique Oscillations en octobre 2023.

Puis, deux œuvres qui ont été publiés sur Modulisme, la toute première plateforme supportant la musique électronique et prônant l’utilisation d’instruments analogiques que Philippe Petit a crée il y a 4 ans, et quelques œuvres inédites …


Welcome to our special transmission dealing with the music of Philippe Petit.
You will be listening to « Drinking the Acheron river at its source » which has been released by Cronica. 
A prequel to « My Divine Comedy » his most ambitious work to appear in 2024 on the Portuguese label…

« A Reassuring Elsewhere » that takes us through a looking glass in hope of reaching a wonderland where we feel reassured because nothing is as it seems? A kind of gesture towards vertigo but also sometimes a hand-stretched towards a reassuring elsewhere… Chapter 2 to appear on the British label Oscillations in October.

Two works that were published on Modulisme the very first platform supporting left-field Electronic Music and championing the use of analog instruments that Philippe Petit created four years ago and some unreleased works…



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Né à Marseille, dans le sud de la France, PHILIPPE PETIT est un compositeur qui embrasse un vaste champ musical allant de l’électro au jazz en passant par la musique contemporaine. Il a commencé le Djing, animant des émissions de radio et éditant des zines en 1983. Ses projets et collaborations actuels et passés sont joués dans le monde entier, s’invitent sur plusieurs labels internationaux (Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Staubgold, etc…) et croisent les artistes les plus pertinents et marquants comme Lydia Lunch, Graham Lewis, Scanner, Otomo Yoshihide, Mark Cunningham …
Il a fondé en 2019 la plateforme Modulisme qui fait la part belle aux musiques modulaires : déjà incontournable !
Cette année il fête ses 40 ans d’activisme musical, souhaitons lui encore longue route !

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Born in Marseille, South of France, he started Djing, animating radio shows and editing zines in 1983. His current and past projects and collaborations can be found at and 

In the 90s he contributed articles (under the pseudonym Candy Apple Grey and Filth Simpson ) for such magazines as Ruta 66 (Spain), Merlin’s Music Box (Greece), Maximum R&R (USA), What Wave, Cryptic Tymes (Canada), and French-written Taktik, Rage, Rocksound, Best, 491, Abus Dangereux, and many many more…
In those days, Petit had some fun and interviews w/ such bands as The Cramps, Nirvana, Fugazi, L7, Neurosis, Fuzztones, Babes In Toyland, Mudhoney, Pixies, Cynics, Dum Dum Boys, Alice Donut, Brood, Grötus, Fleshtones, Buzzcocks, Birthday Party, Nick Cave, Jon Spencer, Soft Machine, Lydia Lunch, No Means No, Godflesh, Steve Albini, Gallon Drunk, Melvins, New Bomb Turks, and many other “noisy-rock” luminaries.

In 1991, he started Kinetic Vibes Music, a Garage Punk zine and label releasing music by: Willie Loco Alexander, Pleasure Fuckers, Dead Moon, Bevis Frond, Lust-o-Rama, Ultra 5, Overcoat, Cryptones, Devil Dogs, La Secta, Dirteez, Tommyknockers and some other… Still available the compilation “Electric Carnival” gathering 23 bands from 10 countries.

In 1993 started Pandemonium Rdz.
Working with such bands as Guapo, Melt Banana, Condense, Drive Blind, Cows, Headcleaner, Otomo Yoshihide’s Ground Zero, Zeni Geva, Double Nelson, Cerberus Shoal, Flying Luttenbachers, Unsane, Bästard, Kepone, Ron Anderson, Ruins, Hint, Andy’s Car Crash, Spaceheads…

41 records later, Petit needed to rejuvenate and started a new label: BiP_HOp was physically born in 2000…
A webzine, a radio show, organizing live events, and above all a label documenting the state of electronic art and sound design, unconventional sound adventures, modern ambient, contemporary alliances between acoustica vs. digitalia… Releasing music by the likes of Scanner, Teho Teardo, David Toop, MaxEastley, FM3, Murcof, Tennis, Benge, Douglas Benford, Sci-cut.db, Janek Schaefer, Mira Calix, Twine, Spaceheads, & many more…
Music challenging the ears and the mind.

Since the early 2000s performing the world, playing festivals all over Europe, Russia, Poland, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia & Asia… Feeling lucky to release on several international labels such as Cronica Electronica, Sub Rosa, Oscillations, Aagoo, Important, Southern UK, Glacial Movements, Monotype, Bölt, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, HomeNormal, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech, Rustblade, Staubgold, etc…

Relying on electricity/amplification, electronix to produce, manipulate, work on sound-material, constantly trying to explore various genres and make sure that each album differs from the previous one, trying to avoid routine and surprise listeners.

Petit studied Electroacoustic music at the CNRR Conservatory of Marseille, specialising in multi-channelled diffusion (Acousmatic spatialisation) and Modular Synthesis championing the use of electricity to sustain a sound produced with a musical intent…

Other than that he has been fortunate enough to work with what people call a dream-team of collaborators: joining Lydia Lunch, Murcof, The European Contemporary Orchestra (E.C.O.), Mark Cunningham (MARS), Cindytalk, Orkest De Ereprijs, Audrey Chen, Mia Zabelka, Iancu Dumitrescu’s Hyperion Ensemble, Stephen O’Malley, Yannick Barman, PAS or Faust onstage and-or in studio.
Besides he completed some recordings with: Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), 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, Andy Diagram, Scanner, Machinefabriek, Mira Calix, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Justin K. Broadrick, James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/Bad Seeds/Faust), ASVA, Jarboe, Jad Fair, Martin Dupont, Doug Lynner and many more…

Petit likes to sound-track galleries and other atypical places, in the non-musical sense, and works as a sonographer in this sense.
His sound recordings have been heard at various F.R.A.C. in France, and also internationally, notably at MOMA (New York), MACBA (Barcelona), E_Werk/Transmediale (Berlin), Glasgow Center for Contemporary Arts, Galerie Moderno in Leeds, Ars Electronica (Linz), Synch Festival (Athens), Société des Arts Technologiques (Montréal), Recycl’ART (Brussels), “Transcultural Mapping” at the RIXC Gallery in Riga, Latvia, “Numeris Causa” at the Biche de Bere Gallery (Paris), Sintesi (Citta Della Scienza – Naples), Arborescence (Aix-en-Provence), Instituto Cultural Poblano (Puebla – Mexico), Eléctron (Geneva), Alfa Art Gallery (New-York), CocART – CSW (Torun – Poland), M. A.K. (Vienna), Reina Sofia National Museum (Madrid), Borusan Center For Arts (Istanbul), Tranzit Art Gallery (Bucharest), as well as in Marseille several times at La Friche, at Les Rotatives, for the Rencontres Internationales des Arts et Multimédia, and Art-O-Rama (the Contemporary Art Fair)…

Let’s wish him all the best for the next 40 years.



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