François Élie Roulin is a multi-award winning composer and the only French composer produced by Brian Eno on his Opal label. In the words of Brian Eno, “François Élie Roulin is one of the pioneering new sound-painters. His work is surprising and innovative and points towards new musical territories.”
François has released 10 albums, well received by the public and critics alike. Having produced over a hundred soundtracks for commercials, some of which received awards at Cannes’ Gold Lions “Festival de la Pub, Francois Elie has also played a large part in composing for the image industry including film scores, documentaries, TV station ID themes, credit beds and theatre.
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis composes chamber music with influences marked both by the American minimalist movement and by the heritage of French impressionist composers.
He became known to the public in the 1990s thanks to Artango, a contemporary tango duo. Between 1993 and 2003, Artango released five albums, including Métropole, Un Soir (Virgin Classics) in which the duo offered the collaboration of the Orchester National de Lille conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus.
Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis has an important career as an arranger, among others for Bénabar, François Morel, Salvatore Adamo, Jean Guidoni, Yves Duteil, or even Régine and a career as a composer of instrumental music for image.
Through their discussions, François Elie Roulin and Fabrice Ravel-Chapuis had for some time shared the idea of a production music catalog that would tell stories and above all help those who tell them to do so more easily.
Storytelling series is a natural reflection of the artistic orientations of its two creators, as different from each other as they are complementary.
The duo is now working on this innovative new orchestral collection with a human dimension, like the stories it illustrates.
tracks telling tales
Like the works of fiction, news, streams or documentaries they illustrate, the collection brings a narrative feel to each subject.
In each album, the tracks are arranged to form an organized narrative, like musical building blocks in a clear, cohesive plot. Rather than simply focusing on a theme, each album traces the evolution of a deeper issue, which may be joyful, tragic or neutral.
tracks telling tales
Each album tells its own story. Each story presents its own development, climax, denouement and conclusion, in keeping with the illustrations.
Users who approach certain subjects in fictional works or documentaries may be more interested in the various musical moods on the same subject, in keeping with their narrative development.
The story is key, each music tells its own, and each story has its music.
Like writing a press article, we choose an angle for each album: a single theme, a catchphrase, and an engaging narrative that grows from a specific to a general statement. Each story starts with specifics, then expands to a broader narrative.
Graphic design: bold letters fill the album cover like newspaper headlines. The album title is surrounded by tags (key words) on the same theme, like words invading the rest of the album cover.
The recurring phrase “from – to” characterizes the development, beginning and end of each narrative.
Finally, each track-list illustrates the narrative development.
a transversal collection
All of the pieces will be recorded by a modern, medium-sized instrumental ensemble. The recordings will be acoustic, balanced, and accessible, without exaggeration. By maintaining a unity of place (the same studio) and of post-production choices, “storytelling s e r i e s” aims to present a consistent style throughout the collection.
This unity lets users cross easily between tracks and albums. As each album has a similar narrative framework, users can pick and choose from different albums to create the soundtracks they have in mind. It’s the perfect loyalty tool, encouraging users to choose their content within the same musical sphere. Each piece is part of a tool kit. Users can mix and match these building blocks as they like, from each album to the whole library.
the orchestral ensemble is the common thread throughout the collection • made up of one to twenty musicians, it lends a human dimension to the narration • the settings range from minimalist to spectacular, without exaggeration • the orchestra is an open concept, no instrument is off limits • live musicians • an imaginative approach •
« storytelling series » naturally reflects its two creators’ wish to craft the collection into a cohesive whole.
f r a n c o i s – e l i e r o u l i n & f a b r i c e r a v e l – c h a p u i s
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