Sylvain Chauveau was born in 1971 in Bayonne, France, and currently lives in Brussels, Belgium. After several years singing and playing guitar in rock bands, Chauveau decided, 1998, to dedicate his time to a solo project with three main ideas - staying as close as possible to the abstract beauty of 'silence'; making sure that each sound committed is absolutely necessary; and finding his own roots...
The latter has lead him to the quest for a truly modern French music - a music whose trajectory stretches from early 20th century chamber music composers (Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Gabriel Faure, etc.), through the discoveries of mid-century "musique concrete" and the electro-acoustic school (Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, etc.), and emerging through post-punk philosophy and a pop culture embracing short, simple and melodic works.
Chauveau's 2002 album 'Un Autre Decembre' was one of the first to be released on FatCat's post-classical imprint 130701 Records. Prior to this, he had previously released two albums under his own name ('Le Livre Noir du Capitalisme' - 2000, and 'Nocturne Impalpable' - 2001). Following 'Un Autre Decembre' - a gentle and restrained study of micro-textures in the post-classical field - Chauveau spent 10 years recording and releasing music with several such labels as Type Records, Creative Sources, and Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier - each of which featured very minimal compositions for acoustic instruments, electronics and vocal.
An established film and dance composer in his own rights, Chauveau also plays in the collaborative outfits 0 (with Joel Merah and Stephane Garin), On (with Steven Hess), and in the cinematic avant-rock band Arca (with Joan Cambon).
Sylvain runs the label Onement, whose aim is to release single-copy vinyl records. He has also composed an extremely long-form piece of music entitled title is 'You Will Leave No Mark on the Winter Snow', whose duration is seven years.
130701's anniversary compilation OUT TODAY
Posted on Friday, 15th July
Our 130701 imprint celebrates its fifteenth anniversary with the release of this wonderful compilation album OUT TODAY. The album features an exclusive track from each of the label's 11 artists - inc. Max Richter, Hauschka, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran, Ian William Craig. It is released on CD, digital and gatefold double vinyl (w/ full download coupon). You can read more, listen to the album and buy it here.
As an added treat, we are giving away a FREE limited edition bonus tracks CD
130701 feature on Ransom Note
Posted on Wednesday, 13th July
A soundtrack for your afternoon?
Our friends at Ransom Note have posted an '8 Tracks' feature on our post-classical imprint,130701. In it, 130701's Dave Howell picks out tracks from label artists Set Fire to Flames, Sylvain Chauveau, Max Richter, Hauschka, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O'Halloran, Ian William Craig and Resina and talks through the development of the imprint, which celebrates its 15th anniversary today
130701's 15th anniversary compilation announced with Dustin O'Halloran premiere
Posted on Monday, 9th May
To celebrate its 15th anniversary our 130701 post-classical imprint is releasing a compilation feauring exclusive tracks from every one of its artists, including Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Hauschka and Set Fire to Flames. The Vinyl Factory have premiered a gorgeous, previously unheard Dustin O'Halloran track, 'Constreaux No. 2'.
The Vinyl Factory have premiered a gorgeous, previously unheard Dustin O'Halloran track, 'Constreaux No. 2', which you can check out here.
The track comes from a compilation we will be releasing on July 15th to celebrate our 15th anniversary. On double vinyl, Cd and digital, the compilation is entitled 'Eleven Into Fifteen' and includes an exclusive track from every one of our past / present / future artists - Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Hauschka, Sylvain Chauveau, Dmitry Evgrafov, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Resina, Set Fire to Flames, Olivier Alary and Ian William Craig.
The striking artwork for the compilation (above) was designed by DLT.
Head here for further details on the compilation.