BACK TO BANDS PALO ALTO DISCOGRAPHY on Le Cluricaun : . CL011 - Cinq Faux Nids Six Faux Nez (with DDAA) . CL012 - Trois Fois Rien (with DDAA) . CL040 - L’apocalypse des oiseaux (Barberi/Pernice) out of Le Cluricaun : . Le Clos (1990) . Grands succédanés (1992) . Extrême ponction (1992) . Trash et artères (1994) . Le disque dur (1997) . Le cassette : alive anthology (1997) . Transe plan (1998) . Terminal sideral (2008) . Time capsule 1990-2010 (2010) French group born in 1989 from the chance  meeting of a sewing machine and an  umbrella on an operating table. Some liked  Poulenc and the Canterbury School, others  Ptôse, Krautrock and French song, others  still Hungarian melodies or the nicely  doctored sonic surprises from the FM band...     Clarinet, saxophone, electric bass,  synthesizer and rhythm box were the first  instruments taken up by the group.     This combination can be heard on their first  cassette, "Le clos" (1990), which features  highly "written", quite melodic, Belgian-  oriented (Tuxedomoon, Made to Measure)  compositions, with a darker side shades of  Art Zoyd or Univers Zéro and a more  distanced one, not unlike the Residents or  Renaldo and the Loaf.     This trend continued with their first CD  release, "Grands Succédanés" (1992), which  included however two unexpected tracks,  two ugly ducklings hatched during an  improvisation session. The first departure  from the strict rules of sacrosanct writing.     In early 1993, the improvisation sessions  became more numerous. Eclectism was de  rigueur and the studio soon turned into a  thick jungle where one encountered the  basic instruments, alongside with  percussions, "squeaking rats", a dictating  machine and other toy-instruments. These  sessions were systematically recorded and  stored for future use. Denis Frajerman later  undertook to edit these dailies. The output of  this experiment would make up most of the  tracks on their second CD, "Trash et Artères"  (1994).     This research work on sonic  experimentation, collages and improvisation  had a forerunner, "Extrême Ponction", a  cassette released in 1992 which brought  together compositions not designed for the  usual line-up.     Along with those various works, Palo Alto  wrote part of the score for a Pierre  Schumacher film, "Histoire d'ombres"  (broadcast on french TV France 2) and for  which Jacques Barbéri (who doubles as a  novelist) had written the story.     Will all these experiences, having to deal  with the numerous instrumental and  audiovisual projects, Palo Alto eventually  adopted a variable, less heavy structure  which allowed the four members to operate  as minimal units (two or three members),  even in solo.     Philippe Perreaudin and Philippe Masson  have thus worked with Philippe Demontaut, a  graphic artist, for a show produced at the  Théâtre Clavel (Paris) in 1995 : "Qu'est-ce  qui crée le mouvement ?"     Under the name of Palo Alto3, this  collaboration went on with the adding of  Jacques Barbéri, on a music project for  videos produced by the Centre Georges-  Pompidou. The first opus, Question  d'observation, was done in 1995.     For his part, Denis Frajerman did the score  for a concept album in collaboration with  Jacques Barbéri (saxophone, words) and  Omer Pesquer (illustration and graphic  design) : "Le nom des arbres".     He has also completed a musical suite from  the literary universe of the french writer  Antoine Volodine ("Les Suites Volodine", 5-  track CD, Noise Museum).     The other members of the band are featured  here and there on some of his  compositions...     Early 1997, two new items added to the  band's discography : "Le disque dur", a 13-  track CD on the Organic label (Grenoble),  and "Le cassette : alive anthology", a 13-  track cassette on the Parisian label A  contresens.     Mixing the different expressional means of  the band-accoustic, electronic and doctored  instruments, "Le disque dur" marks a radical  departure from the improvisational direction  of "Trash et artères". The emphasis is once  more on writing, and the album heralds the  arrival of more sophisticated rhythms.   Denis Frajerman's atmospheric tapes  actually enhance the narrative bias of the  whole.   Eric Roger (Gaë Bolg, Seven Pines...) on  trumpet and Laurent Pernice (from the french  band Nox) on double bass enrich Palo Alto's  sound palette.     "Le cassette" is a compilation of live  recordings from 1993 to 1996. Side A  features large excerpts from "Une nuit au  Ciel", a show produced in Grenoble in May  1996 ; it's the live counterpart to the new  album. Side B gathers rare tracks, most of  them previously unreleased, recorded at the  Etablissements phonographiques de l'Est,  the Instants chavirés and the Théâtre Clavel.     In 1998, Palo Alto assert their collective  identity, giving up the stilted and humdrum  operating of the band in favour of encounters  (of the stranger kind, preferably), multiple  experiences and the exploring of new  territories...