Born in 1974 in Metz, AstroVoyager - whose real name is Philippe Fagnoni - was engulfed in the passion for electronic music. Fascinated by space and fuelled by the electro explosion of the 80s, this atypical and creative French electronic artist
invites you to explore the infinity of his audio-visual universe to gravitate to the very limits of electro-symphonic music. Join him aboard his spatio-temporal capsule to travel through time and
AstroVoyager creates a visual and kinematic music which transports us in an epic and dreamlike journey soaked with science fiction. He gradually weaves his electronic instruments with instruments from a classical orchestra to create an electronic symphony in big blow of strings ensembles, soprano divas, percussions, synthesizers and electronic beats. Thus he sets collaborations with renowned classic musicians of the Travelling Quartet (Anne Gravoin), the Tetraktys Ensemble (Dominique Miton), the ElectroDiva (Sophie Elert) or the Prague Concert Philharmonic, but also with acclaimed electronic musicians such as Blackbird Blackbird or Deep Forest (the only electro French group - except Daft Punk - that won the Grammy Award).
« AstroVoyager is a fusion of instruments, genres, cultures and sounds. Tune in now. »
For his influences, he readily cites the pioneers of electronic music Jean-Michel Jarre, Space (Didier Marouani), Klaus Schulez, Tangerine Dream, and the film score composers Hans Zimmer or Eric Serra, and later the Dutch DJ producer Armin Van Buuren, but also Jeff Mills, Marc Romboy or Carl Craig as artists who have had a major influence on the production of his creations. Attentive ears may also think, as they listen, of the atmospheric moods of early Pink Floyd, the rhythmic flights of the Alan Parsons Project, but also of Era, Schiller or Enigma, and even some lounge-trance productions of recent years. Whatever the labels or the reminiscences, the approach of AstroVoyager is undoubtedly in timelessness, openness and accessibility, with the sole objective of making us travel.
Signed in 2006 by the Dreaming-Musea label for the distribution of his records, AstroVoyager can now give a glance in the rearview mirror of his spatio-temporal capsule at his successful concept albums «Temporal Gravitation» (2006), «Symphotronic Lunation» (2010), and «ElectrOpera» (2012).
In 2011, having landed his spatio-temporal capsule in Dole, his adopted homeland, the project of creation of CosmXploreR was born, an independent record label that aims to promote electronic music and develop meetings between electronic and classical musicians. AstroVoyager has thus built the foundation of one of the only labels dedicated to Electro-Symphonic music in the world.
AstroVoyager has explored the boundaries of electro-symphonic music for ten years now. Some of his best-known titles such as «Telescope», «Full Moon Rendezvous», «Apollo 11», «Pulsation IV» and «Oscillation V» are cut to withstand the test of time.
« AstroVoyager continues his quest for a retro-futuristic symbiosis between the baroque sound of choirs and a string quartet, with
analogue modulation of his synthesisers and summoning all the fantasy and epic grandiloquence of a Vangelis or Eric Serra in his early years. To satisfy those dreaming nostalgically of these
space ballads of the 1980s. »
AstroVoyager is also known for his live performances. Here again, wether it is during his energetic, highly charged pyromusical outdoor events in front of thousands of people or during his concerts in intimate seated auditoriums, he has successfully maintained there too a balance between electronic and classical sounds. Each of its shows is a dynamic combination of numeric arts (video, mapping, laser, special fx …), evolutive scenography (performers, dancers, pyrotechnics, …) and interactivity (dedicated smartphone app). Attending a show by AstroVoyager is to be transported, to let yourself be completely immersed in the music and the images, and become one with the people around you: that's exactly what travel together on a cosmic journey through time and space means. This is what makes the performances of AstroVoyager such indescribable and unique experiences.
The scenographic highlights of his career were his performances with the Tetraktys Ensemble for the ElectrOpera project and its pyro-musical outdoor version since 2014. And it is of course Big Bang, which was presented in a preview in October 2015 in Dole with the Prague Concert Philharmonic, to be released as a DVD in the forthcoming months..
With Big Bang, his new LP, AstroVoyager synthesizes an exceptional interstellar journey. It is a return to the basics, the source of emotions. A different experience at the heart of the music, of the light, of the matter and of the humanity...It is also a message of hope to our world where we must be the architects of the future… And AstroVoyager wants us to join him on this cosmic journey to travel through time and space together again… Forget every landmark and let yourself be guided by sounds and emotions.
« Zero-gravity productions that sit somewhere between minimal house and Jean-Michel Jarre, AstroVoyager seems to delight in sleek,
clinical synths polished to chrome-plated perfection. »
The adventure is just beginning...
AstroVoyager is determined to continue to offer new worlds to explore together!
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