Heldon

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Heldon
OriginFrance
Genres
Years active1974–1978, 2001
Labels
  • Cuneiform
  • Bureau B
Associated acts
Past membersRichard Pinhas
Patrick Gauthie
François Auger
Didier Batard
Georges Grunblatt
Philibert Rossi
Jannick Top
Michel Ettori

Heldon was a French electronic rock band originally active between 1974 and 1978, and led by guitarist Richard Pinhas.[4] Others member included synthesizer player Patrick Gauthier and drummer François Auger.[5] The name of the band was taken from the 1972 novel The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad.[6]

Influenced by the work of Robert Fripp (and sometimes evoking his work with Brian Eno), the music of Heldon blended electronic and rock forms.[4] The first releases under the name Schizo, and later Heldon, were self-produced and self-distributed.[7] AllMusic described their seven albums as "groundbreaking."[4]

Pinhas had previously led the band Schizo and also released six albums under his own name.[7] Pinhas has worked with numerous collaborators, including musicians of the band Magma, and was associated with philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze (of whom he was a student)[8] and Jean-François Lyotard,[2] as well as writers such as Norman Spinrad and the essayist and novelist Maurice Dantec.[7] Pinhas completed his PhD in Philosophy from the Paris-Sorbonne University in 1974, teaching for one year and beginning Heldon.[2]

The Pinhas/Heldon catalog was reissued on CD by the label Cuneiform, and later Bureau B.[4]

Discography of Richard Pinhas and Heldon[edit]

  • Schizo : And The Little Girl/Paraphrénia Praecox (197?) (7")
  • Schizo : Le Voyageur/Torcol (1972) (7")
  • Heldon : Électronique Guerilla (1974)
  • Heldon : Allez Téia (1974)
  • Heldon : Third (It's Always Rock and Roll) (1975)
  • Heldon : Soutien à la RAF (7") (1975)
  • Heldon : Agneta Nilsson (1976)
  • Heldon : Perspective 1 bis complément/Perspective 4 bis (1976) (7")
  • Heldon : Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale (1976)
  • Richard Pinhas : Rhizosphère (1977)
  • T.H.X. : Telstar / Rhizosphère Suite (1978) (7")
  • Richard Dunn : Séquences/Modulations (1978) (7")
  • Richard Pinhas : Chronolyse (1978)
  • Heldon : Interface (1977)
  • Heldon : Stand By (1979)
  • Richard Pinhas : Iceland (1980)
  • Richard Pinhas : East West (1980)
  • Richard Pinhas : L'Ethique (1982)
  • Richard Pinhas Heldon : Perspective (1983)
  • Richard Pinhas : DWW (1992)
  • Richard Pinhas & John Livengood : Cyborg Sally (1994)
  • Richard Pinhas & John Livengood : Single (1996)
  • Richard Pinhas : De l'Un et du Multiple (1997)
  • Schizotrope : Le Plan (1999)
  • Richard Pinhas & Peter Frohmader: Fossil Culture (1999)
  • Pascal Comelade & Richard Pinhas : Oblique Sessions II (1999)
  • Schizotrope : The Life And Death Of Marie Zorn - North American Tour 1999 (2000)
  • Schizotrope : III Le Pli (2001)
  • Heldon : Only Chaos is Real (2001)
  • Richard Pinhas : Event and Repetitions (2003))
  • Richard Pinhas : Tranzition (2004)
  • Richard Pinhas : Metatron (2006, 2CDs)
  • Richard Pinhas & Merzbow : Keio Line (2008, 2CDs)
  • Richard Pinhas : Metal/Crystal (2010, 2CDs) with Merzbow & Wolf Eyes
  • Råd Kjetil Senza Testa : Vinliden (2010, LP) with Richard Pinhas and RKST.
  • Richard Pinhas & Merzbow : Rhizome (2011)
  • Richard Pinhas & Merzbow : Paris 2008 (2011, LP)
  • Richard Pinhas : Desolation Row (2013)[9][10]

The majority of recordings of Richard Pinhas and Heldon were pressed on CD by French label Spalax and American label Cuneiform Records, featuring numerous bonus tracks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walcroft, Justin. "The Way Forward: An Interview With Electronic Music Pioneer Richard Pinhas". SR-Mag. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Mitchell, Tony. "Richard Pinhas: Electronique Guerilla – A Profile by Tony Mitchell". Cyclic Defrost. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". The Stranger. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Dorsch, Jim. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  5. ^ "HELDON". Prog Archives. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ Keenan, David (October 28, 2015). "Reality Is For People Who Can't Handle Science Fiction: Gallic Futurism in the French Underground 1969-1985". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Richard Pinhas | Biography. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2014-04-24.
  8. ^ Masters, Mark (2014-05-29). "Richard Pinhas on lessons learned during a lifetime making experimental music". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-05-31.
  9. ^ Richard Pinhas | Discography. AllMusic. Retrieved on 2014-04-24.
  10. ^ "Heldon Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2015.

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