French Chill Out Music

17 Feb

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Chill out music (English)

“Chill out room” was at the legendary Madchester nightspot, Konspiracy.[1] In these rooms, visitors would find couches, comfortable pillows, psychedelic light shows projecting entrancing images and music that was decidedly downtempo, especially when compared to what was going on a few feet away on the dance floor. Higher Intelligence Agency (the HIA) helped move the chill room concept from sideshow to main event with their Oscillate chill party events in Birmingham and elsewhere in the early to mid nineties. Their first releases came out on the now defunct Beyond record label and soon thereafter in the U.S. on the Waveform label – who describes the music as ‘exotic electronica.’

In 1990 the KLF released their seminal ambient house album named Chill Out.

A number of compilations with “Chill Out” in their titles were released in the mid-1990s and beyond, helping to establish the genre as being closely related to downtempo and trip hop but also incorporating, especially in the early 2000s, slower tempo varieties of house music, nu-jazz, psybient, and lounge music of approximately 80 to 110bpm.

The genre also includes some forms of trance music, ambient music, and IDM, and it has entirely subsumed the older genre Balearic Beat, although that term is still used interchangeably with chill out. Chill out is generally tonal, relaxing (or at least not as “intense” as other music from the styles it draws from), although when used to describe the music played in chillout rooms at raves, it can also encompass extremely psychedelic experimental sounds of great variety.

Chill out music (French)

Le chill-out (parfois écrit chillout, chill out, ou simplement chill) est un terme décrivant plusieurs genres de musiques électroniques caractérisées par leur mélodie reposante et leur tempo modéré — « chill » est un mot argotique qui signifie « reposant » ; par métonymie, il désigne un style de musique planante diffusée dans les salles de chill-out. Depuis le début des années 2000, ce style se développe grâce à l’internet où il est diffusé par l’intermédiaire de radios spécialisées et de podcasts.

Les genres associés au chill-out incluent principalement les musiques reggae, ambient, trip hop, nu jazz, ambient house, new age, dub, psydub, psybient et autres sous-genres dérivés du downtempo. De temps à autre, le sous-genre easy listening du lounge peut se considérer comme appartenant au style chill-out.

Le chill-out, désigne aussi le lieu où sont diffusées ces musiques. Généralement pourvu de sièges, voire de matelas, de tables basses, baigné d’ambient, le chill-out fait le lien entre la techno et la vague psychédélique des années 1970. On retrouve ces lieux dans les clubs spécialisés mais aussi dans les free partys, teknivals et les festivals trance permettant aux danseurs de prendre le temps de se reposer et de se détendre. Il accueille parfois les espaces d’associations de prévention des risques en milieu festif comme Techno+.

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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in FRENCH FRIDAYS, music



One response to “French Chill Out Music

  1. The Recipettes

    February 17, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Nice! I 😍

    Liked by 1 person


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