Chain D.L.K.: Please tell us about your musical background andstudies, your influences and what brought you and Ombeline to form LeFragments De la Nuit…
Les Fragments De La Nuit: Ombeline began music studies at the age of 6, she actuallystudies violin and other disciplines in a conservatory near Paris. I(Michel) began music with my mother when I was 6, she taught me pianoand later, at the age of 17, I left piano and learned drums. We met ina French band 6 years ago called Goo Goo Blown le Bonhomme and one dayin 2005 we decided to form Les Fragments de la Nuit. Some directorfilms asked us to put together a band to play our original scores.That’s what we did. We composed our first scores during the night andit was like fragments, that’s why we called it Les Fragments de laNuit.
Chain D.L.K.: In you work composing music scores for movies, what isusually your approach to a film when you have to create sonicatmosphere for it?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: Sometimes we have the film without definitive sound and sometimeswe just get the scenario, it depends. We try to suggest feelings otherthan the ones situation expresses, we’ve always composed scoresthinking that the music doesn’t have to tell the same thing that thepicture is talking about, we don’t want to do sound design but rathera music which can have a life of its own, even without the picture.
Chain D.L.K.: Are you most influenced by the story or by its visual part?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: For sure, we are more influenced by the story, it’s better topropose a personal view of the that.
Chain D.L.K.: Does your first Les Fragments De la Nuit album “Musiquedu CrÈpuscule” contain compositions you created as soundtracks? If so,have you changed something just to give the whole project a morehomogeneous atmosphere?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: In “Musique du CrÈpuscule” it’s 50/50. Some tracks like “EntreCiel et Fer” come from a documentary for whicht we created musicbefore the director created the film… so the music influenced thepicture’s movements. We haven’t changed the versions for the album,we’ve just organized the tracklist for better coherence.
Chain D.L.K.: What is your usual way of working? Do you write thescores and then the ensemble plays them or is it a collaborativeprocess?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: At first we both composed (Michel & Ombeline), just piano andviolin. When the song is finished we write for the other instruments:violin II, violin III and cello. When we have rehearsals we work thesound of the composition because each member is responsible for thelive sound of Les Fragments de la Nuit.
Chain D.L.K.: You use vocal parts like an instrument. Why do you optfor this solution?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: We opted for that because we didn’t want the vocals to carry amessage or have lyrics. The music expresses feelings and intentionsand it’s better like that.
Chain D.L.K.: When playing instrumental music the idea/concept usuallycomes from the musicalatmosphere and by the title of the track. Usually which comes firstfor you and what are your preferred themes?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: Sometimes music comes from dreams, from stories or pictures butsometimes we just compose the songs with nothing, just expressing amoment of life. Our preferred themes are tragedy, melancholy andambiguity.
Chain D.L.K.: What achievements have you gained and what has been themost satisfying project you worked on and why?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: We liked the first directors whom we worked with in the beginninga lot, Remi Duffourd and Viktor Miletic. They are now friends and theyhave always supported us. They are independent and free in their work,so it was a real pleasure to work with them. They’ve always had trustin us and in our music. We also very much like the documentaries”Entre Ciel et Fer” and “De l’Ordre, des Rouages et des Ombres”: thesefilms are the birth of Les Fragments de la Nuit.
Chain D.L.K.: Have you ever thought of collaborating with musiciansthat play different kind of music like electronic or experimentalmusic?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: Actually we’ve been collaborating with one electronic musicianbut we haven’t heard anything yet; the guy is mixing some compositionswith electronics elements, surprise… If we ever collaborate withother musicians we will do a Fragments de la Nuit versus X, we’re notan accompaniment band for sure.
Chain D.L.K.: What’s next for Le Fragments De la Nuit?
Les Fragments De La Nuit: New albums in 2009 and by the end of 2008 a vinyl version of”Musique du CrÈpuscule” on the german label denovali.com. We’re veryexcited about this format we like so much!
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[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz] [proofreading by Marc Urselli]