Michel Moulinie - Chrysalide. 1978 France

Michel Moulinie - Chrysalide. 1978 Crypto

Reissue: None sadly. Would have been perfect for the avant minded Mio label, and I suspect it was on their radar at the time. Musea had announced their intention to reissue this as far back as the early 1990s, but apparently fell apart. Also featured on our CD Reissue Wish List blog. Like the AFT, this is an LP I bought in the mid 1980s. In fact it was brand new, as it was still available from wholesalers back then.

1. Le Ballet des Mouches
*2. Les Cordes de la Mar
*3. L'Echo de L'Acier
4. Le Philtre d'Echordus
*5. Lente Course

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 3) and 5), 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.


  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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