Alain Meunier – Voyage aux fonds de la mer

Alain Meunier – Voyage aux fonds de la mer LP front cover
Alain Meunier – Voyage aux fonds de la mer LP back cover
Alain Meunier – Voyage aux fonds de la mer LP side 1

To my knowledge, this is Alain Meunier‘s unique LP release – and not to be confused with French classical music cellist Alain Meunier. Titled Voyage aux Fonds de la Mer, or A Trip to the Bottom of the Sea, it is a rare example of electronic music on Le Kiosque d’Orphée. My copy doesn’t come with any information, though there was perhaps, in typical K.O. fashion, some xeroxed info sheet enclosed that is missing here. The Discogs page apparently knows better and lists a precise instrumentation as well as guest musician Christine Meunier on Hohner Clavinet on the 1st side, and that it was recorded and mixed in the Bordeaux area.

♫ Starting with an exquisite acoustic guitar track, the LP only progressively indulges into pure electronic endeavors to become a genuine, instrumental Kosmische Musik travelogue in the tradition of Pascal Comelade’s Fluence project (1975) or Richard Pinhas’ Chronolyse (1976). Aquatic, floating synth sounds emerges on track #2, graced by a sublime Fripp-ian guitar melody. Meunier unleashes the beast on #3: a Korg 800 DV duophonic, analog synthesizer (nice YouTube demo here), used by the likes of Vangelis or Kitaro. The next one, Promenade avec les Poissons, or A Walk with the Fishes, is a tripping, almost acid house instrumental. After #4, a short, funny interlude about sea slugs (!), the pièce de résistance is the epic, side-long Les Épaves, a stately, hypnotic exploration of underwater worlds by means of undulating cosmo-synth lines, a 23 minute ride on electronic music waves through semi-hypnagogic hazes. Happy diving!

01 Ballade (Sur les Rochers) (2:34)
02 Descente dans ce Monde Inconnu I-IV (6:18)
03 Promenade avec les Poissons (9:40)
04 Aplysia Depilans (Lièvre de Mer) (2:07)
05 Les Épaves I-V (23:08)

Total time 43:47
LP released by Le Kiosque d’Orphée, ref. KO 09.0410, France, 1979

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22 Responses to “Alain Meunier – Voyage aux fonds de la mer”

  1. 1 Mr Prog January 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

    la page discogs montre bien l’insert :
    où as-tu pêché ton exemplaire ?

  2. 2 continuo January 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Hi, Mr Prog.
    Oops, my mistake, I didn’t check the pictures on the Discogs page and missed the insert. I found my copy near the source, that is: in Bordeaux.
    I would be interested to know if you can think of other influences on Alain Meunier’s music, in addition to the ones I mentionned.
    Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 ben allen January 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Fantastic cover art !!

  4. 4 continuo January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Yep, a nice sense of humor also present in track titles.

  5. 5 horstu January 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Influences? Bernard Xolotl, Bernard Fevre or maybe Baffo Banfi come to mind. Horst/Adamski

  6. 6 continuo January 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I’m not familiar with the names you mention. I might investigate Baffo Banfi at some point. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 dispo January 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for this! Very DIY and very french, I think. Sorry for the uncool reference, but I think Jean-Michel Jarre was also a big influence considering accessability and the time/place this was produced…
    The cover art is great too.

  8. 8 continuo January 27, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Totally uncool reference, indeed, but you might be right.
    Thanks for your comment.

  9. 9 horstu January 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    What happened to yesterday’s Ron Kuivila LP?

  10. 10 continuo January 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I published it by mistake on Saturday. It is actually intended for tomorrow Monday.
    Thanks for your interest.

  11. 11 horstu January 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Good to hear the Kuivilla LP is still coming :) I already checked out his bio and late 70s/early 80s soundart is too good to miss…

  12. 12 Long Convo January 30, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Dear Continuo,

    Do you have William Wegman’s “World History” sound piece?
    If so, a post of that would be lovely.

  13. 13 continuo January 30, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I don’t have this, sorry.

  14. 14 Klimperei Toy-Music January 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    first link doesn’t work, second yes – thanx for this odd-odd release !

  15. 15 continuo January 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    All links work fine, but some people click on advertising banners instead of actual download buttons.
    Hope you’ll enjoy the music.

  16. 16 sljk February 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

    thankyou sir. i love this.
    i was wondering if you have more François Banholze to post.

  17. 17 continuo February 2, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I think I posted the 2 cassettes I had and Banholzer’s output is not much more than this, I suspect.

  18. 18 nandikesha March 12, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Grabbed a while back and just now got around to filling my ears with its undulating synth bubble magic. Had to come back and say thanks for sharing this!

  19. 19 continuo March 12, 2012 at 7:17 am

    You’re welcome. Nice blog over there at

  20. 20 rett August 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    greaaat album, thank you…blubb

  21. 21 continuo August 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    I wish it’ll become a French prog rock classic, someday.

  22. 22 Alain MEUNIER October 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Ca fait plaisir de savoir que mon disque circule encore.
    Je suis toujours vivant et continu la musique dans un registre un peu différant LE HARD ROCK PROGRESSIF et LE FREE BLUES HARD ROCK.

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