ABOUT THE RELEASE
BETEL is a chewing plant in south-east Asia, and also the name of a sanctuary of Jacob in Israel. Starting from the repetition of a declined gesture, taken in games of rebounds and filtered by transistors, spaces confront each other in a sequence of raw and concrete organic materials, sometimes figurative. Like a very old mechanical, pneumatic, pre-synthetic music.
Trained as a visual artist and after graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Rouen (France) where he made installations and performances, Jean-François Riffaud gradually turned himself towards music.
Having attended for ten years both alternative networks, as well as SMAC, Jazz clubs and national scenes within various groups (Syntax Error, Electric Vocuhila, Parquet, ABACAXI, The World), he elaborates in 2020 “BETEL”, a minimal piece for electric guitar that synthesizes its “plastic” way of considering the musical act.
Influenced as much by Tony Conrad, John Fahey, Moondog and Morton Subotnik as by electric music from sub-Saharan Africa (Sunny Ade, Flamme Kapaya, Alick Macheso, Japanese Maladi), he uses repetition of patterns and their “mutation” to take the listener into an initiatory experience, a sound and mental sculpture.