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1982, Belgium. Jean Hoyoux creates his album of ‘sound therapy’, e.g. a kosmische odyssey scored for all sorts of synthesisers, delays and filters. Originally released by Centre de Recherche et d’Etudes and somewhat rare since, this new reissue on new label cortizona presents this idiosyncratic music on two LPs, along with liner notes from Edward Ka-Spel and John Olson.

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  • cortizona 001 / Remastered 2LP on cortizona. Original artwork with 8 inserts including new insert with new liner notes by John Olson and Edward Ka-Spel. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering
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Planètes by Jean Hoyoux
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 12 July 2018

There’s a golden rule to live by and that is if the Creel Pone label reissued an album on CD then if you’re interested in the history of electronic music, you really should check it out. ‘Planètes’ by Jean Hoyoux is a case in point. Originally a private press of just 99 copies released on CRETS back in 1981 and unofficially re-introduced to the world at large by Creel Pone in 2014. Now Belgian imprint cortizona have re-mastered the record and reissued it on vinyl complete with the seven original inserts plus a new additional insert featuring liner notes by Wolf Eye John Olsen and Legendary Pink Dot Edward Ka-Spel.

A quick peek at the back of the sleeve reveals Hoyoux’s tools; Yamaha CS30, Arp Explorer, Roland RS90, Korg VCI0, Korg MPI20 and Hohner strings. Using these he creates his vision of cosmic music that kinda has its own thing going which differs to the stuff coming out of Germany around the time. There’s a sort of primitive charm and yet the music is by no means unsophisticated. There’s a psychedelic Terry Riley organ thing happening so it’s kinda a space/cosmic/minimalism/ambient mutant sound. There’s also a new age element - apparently, Hoyoux was an astrologer and studied the healing properties of music and this album was created as a sort of therapeutic tool. Pretty sweet to have this sought after little gem on vinyl and rescued from obscurity.

Kudos to the label for getting this back out there - I'd never even heard of this record before and now I've fallen in love with it. There are moments which are just beautifully soul-stirring and joyous. Highly recommended.



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