I’m a huge admirer of François Rauber. He’s one of the most prolific arrangers in the classic chanson française, working with Jacques Brel from the 3rd album until the end, and collaborating with just about any French singer in the 1960s and ’70s. His arrangements are incredibly diverse, touching on just about any style, always with great taste, great sensibility to the lyrics, and great craftsmanship. Below is a very interesting interview from 1983 with Rauber, when times were changing and synthesizers and multitrack recording had taken over.
This one is for the geeks: a 30 minute Apple infomercial from 1988 about making music on the Mac, featuring Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Tony Williams, and many others, as well as some unbelievable haircuts. This is the early infancy of the technology, and it’s a reminder of how revolutionary even the most basic functions were when they were introduced.
After years of rumors about his health, and the beautiful, but rather predictable “The Next Day” album from 2013, his Highness David is back with a brilliant 10 minute track and video that’s just so original and strange that it’s impossible to predict where it will go, and has you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Yet there’s plenty of melody and rhythm to hold on to during the ride. It’s inspiring that he can still create such effortlessly avantgarde work.
Next year, I’ll be continuing my long-running collaboration with Gaetan Roussel as he teams up with his old band mates from Louise Attaque for a reunion tour, following the release of their upcoming album in January. After a ten year break, there’s a lot of demand for the group, and most shows are already sold out. I think it will be a great experience, as they have a lot of great songs in their repertoire already, and a lot of strong material on the new album. Tour dates here.