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Listen to Hifiklub and Scanner's new release Mayol

May 2016

Toulon's experimental rock outfit and Robin Rimbaud collaborate on a 44 minute rugby game field recording mix

This is Hifiklub's 7th album to date and comes as a collaboration with Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner. The 44 minute piece is a collage of field recordings made during a rugby game at France's Toulon stadium, mixed with warped, droning guitars and electronics.

This recording features Hifiklub members Pascal Abbatucci Julien, Régis Laugier, Arnaud Maguet and Nico Morcillo. Describing the project as “on the borders of field recording and experimental music,” they detail the three phases of the project:

“March 1st 2014: Mayol stadium (Toulon) during a game of Top 14 Toulon vs Oyonnax (64-10), includes: breaths, noise spikes, echoing corridor, singing supporters, drafts, silent changing rooms, entrance melee, shocks between players, racing, crowd shouts or referee's instructions.

“April 2015: Seizing the noisy mass of the game’s second half, [Hifiklub & Scanner] superimpose a musical improvisation, free and indivisible.

“An alternative sound edit was done by Scanner from the initial field recordings.”

A second CD accompanies the album which features readings by Eric Mangion (artistic director), Jacques Serena (writer), Rudy Ricciotti (architect), Frank Micheletti (choreographer), Jean-Michel Bossini (composer) and André Herrero (rugby player).

Mayol is out now on Hifiklub's Parallel Factory and available via their website.


Pascal Abbatucci Julien - drums & field recordings
Régis Laugier - bass & field recordings
Arnaud Maguet - field recordings
Nico Morcillo - guitar & field recordings
Scanner - electronics and keyboards
Luc Benito Nicolas & Faou - field recordings

Produced by Hifiklub & Scanner
Mixed by Scanner
Mastered by Sarah Register
Published by Editions Dargent
Music recorded by Olivier Cancellieri


Amazing track! I'm glad I heard it through headphones, very rich layers of sound. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for sharing, amazing track!

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