From it’s creation, in 1997 FORMANEX ensemble was interested in the production of new musical forms in the contemporary music.
This direction, follows the continuity of the history of the experimental music. Formanex is composed of three members, each from different musical backgrounds: electroacoustic music, improvised music, experimental music, sound art, sound poetry, punk, rock’n’roll, noise and jazz.
The early works of Formanex falls between improvisation and composition, taking graphic elements as a starting point. Two of the members, then student in artschool brought a reflexion towards creating music on the boundaries of visual arts.
The influence of electroacoustic music and the visual arts led Formanex to develop spatialisation works, thought of in terms of interventin-performance in a given situation. The cross over of these approaches engaged a radical change to their instrumentation during the first years reheasing together. This change opened up new artistic routes.
Whereby the instrument is central to the musician, but the musician adapts, invents, and rebuilds his instrument according to the needs’ of his musical thought.
In 2000, two of the members of the group along with musician KEITH ROWE (one of the founders of the improvised music group AMM) intrduced them to graphical scores. Scores for determining the evolution of the group, such as: “TREATISE”, a graphic composition by CORNELIUS CARDEW.
Anthony Taillard (guitar, electronics), Julien Ottavi (Percussion, laptop, electronics)