Institutrice I Cohortes LP
The sound textures on the Cohortes LP were created with an Asian-inspired, homemade drum kit, assembled from various sources like kitchenware (tin pans and copper dishes), genuine ethnic music instruments (singing bowl or gongs), and complete with dismembered parts of a regular drum kit (toms and cymbals). This makeshift drum set was later expanded through sound processing and creative montage, with added synthesizer parts and field recordings also extending the palette.
Making full use of the microtonal and magical properties of these South Asian percussions, Cohortes is a haunted and powerful album. Not so much a reconstruction, though, rather a means to experience a unique propitiatory music from the comfort of your home. Both musicians in I N S T I T U T R I C E are committed to explore the potentialities of this makeshift drum set, each capitalizing on their previous musical experiences – in film and stage music for Éric Bentz (Electric Electric, La Colonie de Vacances…), and four to the floor drumming in noise-rock bands for Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy (Tachycardie, Pneu, La Colonie de Vacances…), respectively.