After the three magnificent ultrascores (Nola Chérie in 2011, Indiamore in 2013 and Big Sun in 2015), which made him known worldwide, working with Solange or Frank Ocean and playing in the most prestigious venues, Christophe Chassol reshuffles the cards: Ludi, his new project, a record, a film and a show, takes his grand design for harmonizing reality even further. It is the game, this word so important in music, which founds this impressive construction of mastery, freely inspired by Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. From this utopian book by the great German author, where music, mathematics, aesthetics and spirituality collide, Chassol has imagined a fascinating object, still produced by Tricatel, Bertrand Burgalat's label, which once again justifies its special place in the musical landscape
Here, the Game, according to a construction borrowed from the sociologist Roger Caillois, is broken down into four categories: chance, vertigo, the mask and competition. Chassol films several situations illustrating these themes, then applies his ultrascore process to them, noting the melodies he perceives through the sound of the images.
Everything goes through it: in the suburbs, a playground or basketball players; in Tokyo, an arcade, a roller coaster, the singer Crystal Kay and the rapper Kohh; solo musicians filmed blank, such as the flutist Jocelyn Mienniel or the drummer Mathieu Edward, the composer's partner, who manages on stage to replay, live and in perfect synchronicity, the breathtaking solo he had improvised on screen. These scenes inspire Chassol to write compositions of great intensity. He enriches them with new techniques, making the melodies taken from the filming sing again. The voices of Alice Lewis, Alice Orpheus, Carine Chassol, Thomas de Pourquery, Mathieu Edward and Ala.ni are used in this harmonization of the harmonization, and Chassol adds them to his editing and to his record. They then try their hand at a celestial and masterful "phrase game", where words become chords and mingle with the images they evoke, transcribed on screen by the artist Gaëtan Brizzi, to which Chassol then applies his very personal reading grid, his melodies and his inimitable chord combinations.
Ludi is Chassol's most complete, precise and fulfilled work, creating a new artistic object, where the listener becomes the interpreter of his music, each listening allowing the discovery of an infinite number of points of synchronization between the images and the sounds. Leading with Ludi his own part of Hermann Hesse's game, Chassol can now claim the title of Ludi Magister, the master of the Glass Bead Game. With this double-album, he realizes his ambition: to compose new music that fills us with joy and encourages us to reflect.