Michel Madore ‎– La Chambre Nuptiale

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A1 Cycle 1 : Le Couloir 13:30
A2 Les Anges Qui Passent : Dialogue 6:27
B Cycle 2 : La Chambre, Une Vision
Composed By [Wedding March] – Félix Mendelssohn*
18:54

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Studios : Studio Jean Sauvageau Inc, Montréal.; Studio Marc Inc. Ottawa; Jean Besse, O.N.F.
Enregistrement de juillet 1975 à mars 1978 [Recorded july 1975 to march 1978].
Published by Éditions Komdor.

℗ 1979 C.P.F. BARCLAY [on sleeve]
℗ 1979 CPF Barclay [on Side 1 record label]

Made and printed in France by Glory [on sleeve]
Made in France [on record labels]

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): BLY - 910 007 A MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): BLY - 910 007 B MPO
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • Distribution Code (C.P.F. Barclay): BA 242

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
900 576 Michel Madore La Chambre Nuptiale(LP, Album, RE) Egg 900 576 France Unknown Sell This Version
KD-944 Michel Madore La Chambre Nuptiale(LP, Album, Gat) Kébec-Disc KD-944 Canada 1979 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

ultimathulerecords

December 17, 2014
This was actually Michel Madore's installation music for the said event described in progfan97402's review, not inspired by. It was commissioned by the organisers. From what I understand the LP is choice elements from the much longer works used in the installation. A truly remarkable album, it goes to show that such multimedia events and arts funding can in some cases result in the most wondrous of things!
progfan97402

progfan97402

November 20, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
This was the second album by Michel Madore, out of Quebec. The music was for an event by Francine Larivée called La Chambre Nuptiale, which premiered at the opening of the Complex Dejardins in Montreal (mixed use office buildings, shopping mall, and hotel) in 1976. Because the album was recorded between 1975 and 1978, I believe some of the music was included in the event later on, as the album wasn't finished until March 1978, by which it received a release on Kebec Disc (a label I had an encounter with previous with Quebecois prog band Pollen), which I'm sure was released still in 1978 (not sure, because the Kebec Disc LP gives no year of copyright), but was definitely released in 1979 in France on EGG (this version definitely gives a 1979 copyright), which does not feature a gatefold like the original. I believe this event had some sort of avant garde/feminist slant towards marriage, but since the liner notes are in French, and I can't read French, I'm only guessing. Francine Larivée isn't exactly known in the English speaking world, same for Michel Madore (actually Michel Madore is only known by diehard record collectors like myself). I can thank ultimathulerecords for clearing me up on the fact the music was actually commissioned for the event (but I'm sure not all of the album could have been used, as mentioned, La Chambre Nuptiale the event appeared in 1976, and the album was finished in 1978 and released shortly thereafter). Since I am American, live in America and was born in 1972, it was impossible for me to go to Montreal and see that Chambre Nuptiale event at the Complexe Dejardins.

As mentioned, I own the original LP on Kebec Disc, the back cover depicts Michel Madore with wild hair that would give Giorgio Tsoukalos of the TV series Ancient Aliens a run for his money. The inner gatefold mentioned Michel Madore and Francine Larivée and the Chambre Nuptiale event, in French (too bad this wasn't translated in English, the rest of Canada could have benefited, the Franco-Ontarian folk rock group CANO was kind to give English translations to their song titles, lyrics, and liner notes, but then they didn't have the Quebec separatist baggage being from Ontario).

This music really takes a drastic turn from the Gong-type of space rock/prog of Le Komuso à Cordes. This one features no outside help, everything was performed by Michel Madore himself. The music here is much more firmly in the progressive electronic vein, a bit like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, and Aqua-era solo Edgar Froese. In fact a lot of side one features that similar bubbling synths like Aqua, but consists of lots of droning string synths, and the sounds of (what sounds to me like) suburban housewives laughing. In this context the laughing sounds much more ominous. A sound of a baby crying can also be heard. The second cut is played entirely on pipe organ, but done in a way that any lover of '70s progressive electronic would love. He plays pipe organ like it was a synth, and it really took close listening to notice not a jot of synth was used here. Side two starts off with Felix's Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March". This part a lot of people have trouble with, besides that song has been so played to death at weddings (right up there with "Here Comes the Bride"). He does give it the space treatment with phasing and electronic sound effects, so in the end it reminds me of a galactic wedding, particularly a Battlestar Galactica wedding (and I mean the original series from 1978). After a couple minutes you hear wedding bells, and then it's back to Michel's original idea, more of that Schulze/Tangerine Dream type electronic music, with lots of droning string synths (seems Elka Rhapsody and ARP String Ensemble are used here), and a short acoustic passage to remind you a bit how his previous album was like. Plus lots of synth effects played off an EMS. This artist is a case of "if you like his one album, you might not like his other". That means if you're a proghead you'll probably end up enjoying Le Komuso à Cordes a lot, but might not enjoy La Chambre Nuptiale, but it's reverse if you like progressive electronic in the Berlin School vein. Given I enjoy both, I find both albums very enjoyable. Sadly, both his albums have never been reissued so you'll have to seek the LP.

That was it for Michel Madore, in terms of music, he then moved to France to become a painter and sculptor.