Christine Sehnaoui and Pascal Battus met ten years a go in Paris. They played together in differents groups but two years a go they decided to play as a duo. They kept on working together until the present days whenever that was possible. Their music is released on a CD called ICHNITES on the french label POTLACH.
In the duo, Pascal plays his own creation : Rotating mini-platforms consist of small motorised components from inside old Walkmans, used as exciters on different objects acting as vibrators and, when needed, as resonators too: sheets of paper, cardboards, plastic, wooden or metal pieces, polystyrene boxes tubs, and stems connected to cymbals or tumblers.
Christine has also a very personal langage with extended techniques and complex patterns, exploring the microtonal aspects of the saxophone or the high-pitched tone. She produces nifty tonguing tricks, unpitched breaths, spittle-flecked growls, biting, slicing notes or breathy echoey sounds from the bell of her horn.
The mixture of their sounds is unmistakably successful, quite fascinating, and quite an attack on the senses. Their wild improvisation and free play bends in all sorts of directions and most of the times its hard to hear who is doing what. They made sound their own with timbral multiplicity that spontaneously delineate a deeper conception of the acoustic phenomenon.
He started out in music as a teenage rock guitarist, then studied percussion (ENM Le Mans et Noisiel) and
finally focused on experimental music and improvisation, shaping his instruments to match his own gestures. He now presents a wide range of sound possibilities and experiences, including the
acoustic and amplified percussion, acoustic walkman, saz and pick-ups of guitar. He performed all over Europe, Middle-East, Japan, Canada with musicians as diverse as Thierry Madiot, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Thomas Lehn, Martin TÈtreault, Michel Doneda…but also with dancers, visual artists, notably in his duet EYEAR with Kamel Maad (video) and with light artist Christophe Cardoen.
He is developing what he calls Graphones, in which he produces sound and drawing on paper with the same gesture and the Sound Massages : low acoustic sounds sourced in everyday objects and tools are produced close to or directly into the listener’s ears.
In the duo with Christine, he uses Rotating mini-platforms. It consists of small motorised components from inside old Walkmans, used as exciters on different objects acting as vibrators and, when needed, as resonators too: sheets of paper, cardboards, plastic, wooden or metal pieces, polystyrene boxes tubs, and stems connected to cymbals or tumblers.