Bureau B presents a remastered reissue of French electronic space rock pioneer Richard Pinhas's solo debut. Following five albums with his band Heldon, he released Rhizosphere in 1977 which finds him exploring his freshly purchased Moog modular system outside of the group dynamic. Four of the five tracks present the 25-year-old Pinhas alone on synth, a melding of man and machine that gradually becomes an expansive, outward-bound journey. Pinhas's simple approach spawned a galaxy of diverse sounds and ideas here with each track inhabiting its own mini-universe sonically and emotionally. The range of moods traversed is truly stunning.
The only other human being on Rhizosphere is drummer François Auger, who accompanies Pinhas on the title track. The escalating arc of its nearly eighteen-minute run plays like a moonbound rocket-trip, with pulsing synths and roaming percussion made all the more otherworldly by the decision to filter Auger's cymbals through an AKS modular synthesizer.
The choice of the album's title was philosophically-inspired: Pinhas adopted it from a book about arithmetic by his academic mentor Gilles Deleuze. "It's about no gods, no sentimental things," he explains. "It means everything is the same until an event appears on a planet...maybe music." Music as an emerging phenomenon, puncturing the surface of what's come before: Richard Pinhas certainly found what he was looking for on Rhizosphere.