François-Eudes Chanfrault

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This article is about the composer and musician. For the historian, see François Eudes de Mézeray.
François-Eudes Chanfrault
Born (1974-12-02) December 2, 1974 (age 39)
Suresnes, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Nationality French
Other names François Eudes
Occupation
Notable work(s)
Website
personal.computer.free.fr/web/

François-Eudes Chanfrault, also credited as François Eudes and Francois Eudes, is a French composer and laptop musician. Chanfrault's film music composition work in 2003 included the movie Haute Tension by filmmaker Alexandre Aja and Who Killed Bambi? directed by Gilles Marchand. He released his first music album, Computer-Assisted Sunset, on compact disc in 2005 via the label MK2, which received a positive reception from publications including Fnac and Les Inrocks. The same year, his music was used in the film Beyond Hatred, which was directed by Olivier Meyrou, and received a favorable review in Variety. In 2006, he worked with director Alexandre Aja again, this time on the film The Hills Have Eyes. His work on the music for this film inspired director Jeremy Forni for his 2011 documentary film Après la gauche.

Chanfrault's compositions for the 2007 film Inside directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo were positively received by media including Popjournalism. His soundtrack and score for the 2008 film Donkey Punch, which was directed by Olly Blackburn, was praised by film critic Kurt Loder in a review for MTV.com and was also received favorably in a review of the film in Libération. He also composed the music for two more films in 2008: Vinyan by filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz, and The Wedding Song (Le Chant des mariées) directed by Karin Albou. His music for the television movie Belleville Story directed by Arnaud Malherbe was favorably reviewed in two separate articles in L'Express.

Music career[edit]

Album[edit]

In 2005, Chanfrault released his first music album on compact disc of his original compositions, titled Computer Assisted Sunset,[1] on the label MK2.[2][3] He received positive reception from Fnac, "Chanfrault is one of the few French musicians to accommodate both a classical and a true technological expertise."[2] Trip-Hop.net gave the album a rating of three and a half stars out of four, and characterized it as dark and nostalgic.[4] A review in Les Inrocks observed, “The listener is surrounded and absorbed by the sound.”[1]

Cinema[edit]

Chenfrault's first film soundtrack work was on Celebration, which was directed by Olivier Meyrou.[5] A documentary film about Yves Saint Laurent, Celebration was blocked from distribution by Pierre Bergé.[5] Chanfrault composed the music for the 2003 film Haute Tension, which was directed by Alexandre Aja.[6][7] Cinezik noted Chanfrault created a strident and scary atmosphere on the film’s soundtrack.[8] Who Killed Bambi? directed by Gilles Marchand, featured compositions by Chanfrault and was released in the same year as Haute Tension.[9] He composed the music for the 2005 film Beyond Hatred, which was directed by Olivier Meyrou.[10] His work on the film was well received; a review by Variety praised François-Eudes Chanfrault's sparse, sorrowful, string-based score.[11] Chanfrault’s work on the music for the 2006 film The Hills Have Eyes directed by Alexandre Aja inspired the tone for the 2011 documentary Après la gauche by filmmaker Jeremy Forni.[12]

Chanfrault composed the music of the 2007 film Inside, which was directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo and starred Alysson Paradis, Béatrice Dalle, Nathalie Roussel, and Tahar Rahim.[13][14] The soundtrack to the film was released in 2007 by Asphalt Duchess.[15] In a review of the film by Popjournalism, critic Sarah Gopaul described Chanfrault’s composition as a sonorous score.[16] A review of the soundtrack by Adrien Pauchet in Cinezik wrote positively of Chanfrault’s “successful and eclectic score accompanying the film”.[8]

He composed music for director Olly Blackburn that was used the 2008 film Donkey Punch, which was released by the British film production company Warp X.[17][18] The soundtrack and score for the film was released in 2009.[19] Film critic Kurt Loder wrote favorably of Chanfrault’s work on Donkey Punch in a review for MTV.com he wrote, “The movie is powered by claustrophobic menace and a notably effective score by François-Eudes Chanfrault that features spectral synths and the eerie clack of electro-castanets.”[20] A review of Donkey Punch in Libération by Alexandr Hervaud emphasized Chanfrault’s “trippy soundtrack” as among the highlights of the film.[21]

Filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz utilized Chanfrault’s music composition skills for his 2008 film Vinyan.[22][23] Writing for Gamona, reviewer Martin Beck commented favorably on “a hypnotic score by François-Eudes Chanfrault (known for his equally great music for Inside).”[24] A review by Splatter Container wrote that Chanfrault’s composition effectively conveys “the sense of emptiness … that pervades” throughout the film.[25]

He served as music composer on director Karin Albou’s 2008 film The Wedding Song (Le Chant des mariées).[26][27] Chanfrault composed the music for the television movie Belleville Story directed by Arnaud Malherbe.[28][29] A review in L'Express by Marion Festraëts observed, “The frenetic pace of the film was driven by the music."[30] A subsequent review in L'Express by Eric Libiot characterized the soundtrack by Chanfrault as, “absolutely remarkable”.[29]

Discography[edit]

Computer-Assisted Sunset
  • 2005 release by MK2[31]

All music composed by François-Eudes Chanfrault.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director
2003 Haute Tension Composer, performer Alexandre Aja
Who Killed Bambi? Composer Gilles Marchand
2005 Beyond Hatred Composer Olivier Meyrou
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Sound designer, music designer Alexandre Aja
Danger Attacks at Dawn Voice: "The Director" Bertrand Le Cabec, Sébastien Savine, Frédéric Servant
2007 Celebration Composer Olivier Meyrou
Inside Composer Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
2008 Donkey Punch Composer Olly Blackburn
Vinyan Composer Fabrice Du Welz
The Wedding Song
(Le Chant des mariées)
Composer Karin Albou
2009 POV Original score: "Beyond Hatred" Olivier Meyrou
2010 Belleville Story Composer Arnaud Malherbe
2012 Cornouailles
(Cornouailles)
Composer Anne Le Ny

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Computer Assisted Sunset". Les Inrocks (www.lesinrocks.com). 30 September 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Computer Assisted Sunset". FNAC (in French) (musique.fnac.com). 17 November 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Computer Assisted Sunset". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center, www.worldcat.org; OCLC 420809334). 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "François-Eudes Chanfrault : Computer Assisted Sunset - 2005 - MK2 Music". Trip-Hop.net (in French) (www.trip-hop.net). 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Perkins, Rodney (10 September 2008). "An interview with VINYAN Composer François-Eudes Chanfrault". Twitch Film (twitchfilm.com). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Winter, Jessica; Lloyd Hughes (2007). The Rough Guide to Film. Rough Guides. p. 2. ISBN 1-84353-408-8. 
  7. ^ Willis, John; Barry Monush. Screen World Film Annual. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Volume 57. p. 268. ISBN 1-55783-706-6. 
  8. ^ a b Pauchet, Adrien (18 February 2008). "A l'intérieur (A l'intérieur) - François Eudes-Chanfrault". Cinezik.fr (in French) (www.cinezik.org). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Willis, John. Screen World. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Volume 56. p. 316. ISBN 1-55783-667-1. 
  10. ^ "Au-delà de la haine (DVD video, 2008)". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 494528866). 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Felperin, Leslie (15 February 2006). "Beyond Hatred - Au-dela de la haine". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Demoulin, Anne (6 January 2011). "Après la gauche désenchantée, réinventer l'utopie". L'Express (in French) (www.lexpress.fr; ISSN 0245-9949). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Shelley, Peter (2009). Grande Dame Guignol Cinema: A History of Hag Horror from Baby Jane to Mother. McFarland. p. 319. ISBN 0-7864-4569-6. 
  14. ^ Derry, Charles (2009). Dark Dreams 2.0: A Psychological History of the Modern Horror Film from the 1950s to the 21st Century. McFarland. p. 375. ISBN 0-7864-3397-3. 
  15. ^ "A l'interieur : bande originale du film de Julien Maury". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 742923507). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Gopaul, Sarah (17 September 2007). "Reviews: Inside". Popjournalism (www.popjournalism.ca; Robert Ballantyne / Popjournalism Enterprises). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Donkey punch (DVD video, 2009)". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 317504366). 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Holden, Stephen (22 January 2009). "Passion and Pain at Sea, With Fatal Consequences". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Donkey Punch: Soundtrack & original score". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 764493201). 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  20. ^ Loder, Kurt (23 January 2009). "'Donkey Punch': Crimson Tide, By Kurt Loder: Low budget, high body count, not bad.". MTV.com (www.mtv.com; Viacom International Inc.). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Hervaud, Alexandre (4 August 2010). "Cinemadness : quadruple dose de films de genre". Libération (in French) (www.ecrans.fr). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Vinyan (DVD video, 2009)". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 317504398). 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  23. ^ "Vinyan - le film (Vinyan)". Cinezik.fr (in French) (www.cinezik.org). 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  24. ^ Beck, Martin (11 December 2008). "Intensiver "New Wave" Horror aus Frankreich". Gamona (in German) (www.gamona.de; Webguidez Entertainment GmbH). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Vinyan - Recensioni Film Horror". Splatter Container (in Italian) (www.splattercontainer.com). 6 January 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  26. ^ "Le Chant des Mariées". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 742872037). 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Le chant des mariées = The wedding song". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 503581944). 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Der Chinese von Belleville". WorldCat (Online Computer Library Center; OCLC 699856139). 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  29. ^ a b Libiot, Eric (26 March 2010). "Nuit de fureur à Belleville (Arte)". L'Express (in French) (www.lexpress.fr; ISSN 0245-9949). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  30. ^ Festraëts, Marion (21 September 2009). "Festival de la fiction TV: Prix du meilleur film pour Belleville Story". L'Express (in French) (www.lexpress.fr; ISSN 0245-9949). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Computer Assisted Sunset at AllMusic. Retrieved 27 February 2012.

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