Patrick Vian

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Patrick Vian
Born (1942-04-12) 12 April 1942 (age 75)
Origin Angoulême, France
Genres Punk rock, Electronic music
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1968–1976
Associated acts Red Noise
Ame Son
Notable instruments
ARP 2600
Moog modular synthesizer

Patrick Vian (born 12 April 1942, in Angoulême[1][2]) is a French musician. He played progressive punk/rock music in the late 1960s with the band Red Noise, which recorded one album. In the 1970s, he composed music for a film and released one solo album, Bruits et Temps Analogues, in 1976.


Vian is the son of French jazz trumpeter and poet Boris Vian. His father, who died when he was 17, nicknamed him "Bisonnot", "little bison". He was born during World War II and had a turbulent childhood in various places after his parents divorced, spending a long period of time in England and going to boarding school in Switzerland.[3]

He first gained notability as a guitar player[4] with the progressive rock/protopunk band Red Noise (which was associated with Ame Son); the band formed at the Sorbonne in 1968, and played its first show during the occupation of the university.[5] According to Vian, these were exciting times: he later commented that in Red Noise's early days, "their concerts wouldn't end until the cops came."[6] The band released one album, Sarcelles - Lochères, in 1970. The group broke up after they got arrested for possession of hash in the Netherlands.[7] Given the revolutionary times, the band split rather appropriately into a socialist and a Trotskyist section, the latter of which continued under the name Komintern.[5] In 1975, he composed some of the music for the film Hu-Man (starring Jeanne Moreau and Terence Stamp) by Jérôme Laperrousaz.[8] In 1976, he recorded a solo album, Bruits et Temps Analogues, on the Egg label, which was owned by Barclay Records and designed to present young and innovative musicians (it had Vangelis and Tim Blake under contract).[9] He is included (like Ame Son, Komintern and Red Noise) on the Nurse with Wound list.[10]

Since 1976, little has been heard of Vian, though he gave an interview to L'Express in 2011, in which he talked at length about his father and his childhood. He lives in Apt, Vaucluse.[3] In 2013, he again appeared in public for the opening of L'Écume des jours, the 2013 movie based on his father's novel of the same name.[11]

Sarcelles - Lochères[edit]

Front cover of Sarcelles - Lochères, CD re-issue.

Sarcelles - Lochères was released on LP in 1970, and re-released on CD by Futura Records in 1996.[12]

Track list[edit]

  1. Cosmic, Toilet Ditty (0:39)
  2. Caka Slow / Vertebrate Twist (4:20)
  3. Obsession Sexuelle N°1 (0:28)
  4. Galactic Sewe-Song (4:03)
  5. Obsession Sexuelle N°2 (0:12)
  6. Red Noise Live Au Café Des Sports (2:07)
  7. Existential-Import Of The Screw-Driver Eternity Twist (2:02)
  8. 20 Mirror Mozarts Composing On Tea Bag And 1/2 Cup Bra (2:28)
  9. Red Noise En Direct Du Buffet De La Gare (2:14)
  10. A La Mémoire Du Rockeur Inconnu (0:39)
  11. Petit Précis D'Instruction Civique (0:35)
  12. Sarcelles C'Est L'Avenir (18:56)



  • Produced by Gérard Terronès
  • Recorded on 28 November 1970, at studio Europasonor, engineered by Pierre Guichon

Art work[edit]

  • Patrick Vian - collage
  • Jean Buzelin - cover
  • H. van der Meer - painting

Bruits et Temps Analogues[edit]

Front cover of Bruits et Temps Analogues.

Bruits was released on the Egg label in 1976, and later re-released, in 1978, on the Movieplay label.[13] The album is to be re-released on CD by the German Staubgold label.[14]

Track list[edit]

  • Side A:
  1. Sphère (6:10) (B. Lavialle)
  2. Grosse Nacht Musik (5:05)
  3. Oreknock (6:45)
  4. Old Vienna (2:10)
  • Side B:
  1. R & B Degenerit! (6:10)
  2. Barong Rouge (4:10)
  3. Tunnel 4, Red Noise (4:30)
  4. Bad Blue (1:56)
  5. Tricentennial Drag (2:20)



  • Produced by Jerome Laperrousaz
  • Recorded at Studio I.P., Paris, by George Granier, assisted by Alain Marcel

Art work[edit]

  • G. Lacroix – front cover (illustration)
  • Millie – back cover (photograph)


  1. ^ Scott, J.K.L. (1998). From Dreams to Despair: An Integrated Reading of the Novels of Boris Vian. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 56. ISBN 978-90-420-0310-1. 
  2. ^ Lapprand, Marc (2006). V comme Vian. Presses Université Laval. p. 244. ISBN 978-2-7637-8403-8. 
  3. ^ a b Savin, Tristan (5 October 2011). "Patrick Vian: 'Je n'ai jamais dit papa'". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Drott, Eric (2011). Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968–1981. U of California P. p. 165. ISBN 9780520950085. 
  5. ^ a b Doggett, Peter (2008). There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s. pp. 532–33. ISBN 978-1-84767-180-6. 
  6. ^ Deshayes, Éric; Dominique Grimaud (2008). L'Underground musical en France. Le mot et le reste. p. 109. ISBN 978-2-915378-74-0. Au départ un concert de Red Noise ne se terminait que par l’intervention des flics. 
  7. ^ Freerix, Michael (7 May 2013). "Komischer Jazzrock". Junge Welt. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hu-man (1974) Jérôme Laperrousaz". Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  9. ^ "International". Billboard. 1978-01-21. p. 122. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  10. ^ "NWW List". Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Les Vian savourent l'écume des jours en Vaucluse" (in French). 24 April 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Red Noise - Sarcelles - Lochères". Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  13. ^ "Patrick Vian". Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  14. ^ Segal, Dave (15 April 2013). "Patrick Vian's Amazing 1976 Synth LP Bruits et Temps Analogues Finally Reissued". The Stranger. Retrieved 13 May 2013.