About Modern Cubism
Modern Cubism was formed by Jean-Marc Mélot and originally meant to be an instrumental Electro project. Right from the beginning he wanted to be totally independent and started to do all stages of production- from the first vague ideas and the recordings to the mastering- in his little home studio. This studio contains all sorts of electronic devices necessary to make electronic music (synthesisers, computers etc) and enables him to exploit the full range of composition and sound creation.
At a very early stage of the project he already thought of integrating a singer - and Fabienne Danloy was the first to lend Modern Cubism her lovely voice. Proof of that can be found in many songs of the first album "Les Plaintes d’un Icare".
Later Jean-Luc De Meyer joined Modern Cubism and proposed to make an album with poems by Charles Baudelaire and so the formerly instrumental project was turned into a proper band, making the musical interpretation of poems their task. They also regularly perform their songs live on stages all over Europe.
Mixing classic poems and electronic music is something very few have dared to attempt and is thus a challenge that is obviously as exciting as tough. The numerous sound possiblilities electronic music offers illustrate and glorify the intensions of the chosen poets and allow for the creation of a rich and resonant sound landscape. The lyrics fall on fertile grounds and can unfold their power and greatness in the structure and melodies of the songs.
Modern Cubism have hitherto recorded 3 albums:
- "Les Plaintes d’un Icare" (2008, poems by Charles Baudelaire),
- "Live Complaints" (2010, live recording of poems by Baudelaire) : these 2 albums were released by the label Seepwalking;
- "Tout le firmament autour" (2012, poems by Norge) released by the German electro label Emmo-biz Records.
Being a fan of synthesizers and bizarre sounds, Jean-Marc Mélot can truly be regarded as a passionate aficionado of electronic sounds and all sorts of technologies involved.
Relentless and perfectionist are probably the qualities which best describe this crazy guy who can easily spent days and nights locked in his studio looking for the most peculiar and unlikely sounds.
At the tender age of 14 did he become aware of the opportunities that electronic devices have in stock for music creation and thus integrated the synthesizer into his work just like any other conventional musical instrument.
Among his main influences are Kraftwerk, Front 242, Wendy Carlos and Klaus Schultze.
Besides becoming a member in several bands and devoting himself to the artistic task of finding and creating melodies, harmonies and structures, he also endeavors to master one of the keys to electronic music: the demanding task of production in order to refine and force the sounds to unfold their brilliance.
Since 2010 he has worked on the idea of creating a recording studio which combines several top-of-the-edge technological possibilities and analog synthesizers.
The project Modern Cubism is rooted in his desire to make electronic music beyond the trodden path.
Jean-Luc De Meyer
Although since 1981 he is predominantly known as the songwriter and singer in Front 242, which offered him the chance to practise his skills, to make his low deep voice known to a vast audience and gain international success, JLDM always felt a bit hemmed in by his role of singing slogans in English only. And while Front 242 achieved prominence with their electronic rhythms and energetic concerts all over the world, he has always dreamed of exploring unknown grounds, influenced by his literary studies and his idols among which are Georges Perec, Pierre Desproges, Jean Tardieu and Raymond Devos.
In 1998 he adapted poems by Dorothy Parker in his bands C-Tec ("Epitaph" on the album "Darker", 1998) and Cobalt 60 ("Wail" and "March Violets" on the album "Twelve", 1998), benefitting from his sessions to record poems by Thomas Hardy with the American producer Craig Leon (Ramones, Blondie, The Pogues, Pavarotti…).
In 2004 he sang Baudelaire for the first time on the album "Nemesis" of the American project Glis : "La Béatrice" in French and "The Irreparable" in English. As time passed by, his style of writing became more refined and due to a close friendship with Belgian writers (Dominique Costermans, Jean-Pierre Verheggen, Théophile de Giraud, Vincent Tholomé, André Stas,…) he started to turn his back to the English language and instead writes and sings more frequently in French: he has an active internet blog, a booklet "Tous Contraints" published by Maelström in 2008, many songs with 32crash, founded Les Oiseaux Moqueurs (“cabaret burlesque et poético-littéraire”), and participates regularly in literary conferences, lyrical improvisations (mainly with the Troupe Poétique Nomade) and in writing workshops.