Michel Moulinie - Chrysalide. 1978 France

One man show Moulinie crafted his sole work for the Crypto label in 1978. Perfect for the time and place, Moulinie's work is similar to other like minded French underground artists such as Phillippe Besombes and Richard Pinhas. The use of acoustic guitar gives the recording a warm touch, that can be missing from the more clinical works of the era. I would guess that Moulinie was quite familiar with some of Mike Oldfield's classic works at this stage. The violin (or as it is credited "guitare violin") has a haunting, almost mellotron-like sound. On 'L'Echo de L'Acier' and 'Lente Course', Moulinie experiments with sound on sound techniques, that recall Manuel Gottsching on Inventions For Electric Guitar. A very beautiful album, and one that has no peer in terms of sound and execution.

Personal collection
LP: 1978 Crypto


  1. This album is profoundly beautiful. How could such a talented guy just disappear like this? I'm in awe. The music is so entrancing that I'm in a trance ... or WOULD be, if I could stop wondering why we never saw more recordings from Michel Moulinie ... and why this album isn't known intimately by "one and all."

  2. Hi Aviva,

    I agree completely. Thanks for your comment!

    - Tom


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