Olivier Alary

Musician

Olivier Alary is a musician who is known under the title of his musical project, Ensemble. Born in Toulouse, France, Alary consolidated his early experimentations with vocal, ambient and distorted recorded sounds by completing a BA in Sonic Art as a complimentary component of a BA in Architecture. In 2000, Ensemble released their experimental pop debut Sketch Proposals (Rephlex Records). After several remixes for Björk, including Sun in my mouth, and Cocoon from Björk's album Vespertine, Alary co-wrote the song Desired Constellation on her album, Medulla, as well as remixing Mouth's Cradle. He has since produced her 2005 album, Triumph of a Heart.

Alary's musical project Ensemble released a second self-titled album which features folk-pop vocal pieces featuring Cat Power and Dinosaur Jr’s Lou Barlow. Alary has also worked on music projects with the Berlin-based trio Chlorgeschlecht (Unyoga received an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica 2004) and has composed music for dance, film and installation art, as well as releasing the Disown, delete EP on FatCat Records.

Projects Alary has worked on include: the soundtrack of the feature-length documentary, Up the Yangtze, directed by yung Chang and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, 2007; the soundtrack for David Wampach’s dance piece Bascule for the Printemps de Septembre Art festival, Toulouse, 2005; Proposal 9, the soundtrack for New Skin, an installation by Doug Aitken, for Sonic-Process, MACBA, Barcelona and Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003; and Ephemere, a soundtrack for Radical Fashion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2001.

Olivier Alary is a musician who is known under the title of his musical project, Ensemble. Born in Toulouse, France, Alary consolidated his early experimentations with vocal, ambient and distorted recorded sounds by completing a BA in Sonic Art as a complimentary component of a BA in Architecture. In 2000, Ensemble released their experimental pop debut Sketch Proposals (Rephlex Records). After several remixes for Björk, including Sun in my mouth, and Cocoon from Björk's album Vespertine, Alary co-wrote the song Desired Constellation on her album, Medulla, as well as remixing Mouth's Cradle. He has since produced her 2005 album, Triumph of a Heart.

Alary's musical project Ensemble released a second self-titled album which features folk-pop vocal pieces featuring Cat Power and Dinosaur Jr’s Lou Barlow. Alary has also worked on music projects with the Berlin-based trio Chlorgeschlecht (Unyoga received an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica 2004) and has composed music for dance, film and installation art, as well as releasing the Disown, delete EP on FatCat Records.

Projects Alary has worked on include: the soundtrack of the feature-length documentary, Up the Yangtze, directed by yung Chang and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, 2007; the soundtrack for David Wampach’s dance piece Bascule for the Printemps de Septembre Art festival, Toulouse, 2005; Proposal 9, the soundtrack for New Skin, an installation by Doug Aitken, for Sonic-Process, MACBA, Barcelona and Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003; and Ephemere, a soundtrack for Radical Fashion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2001.

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