Jean-Yves Leloup


Date and place of birth: 1968, Paris, France

Living place: Paris, France

Theme: music, video arts, journalism

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: private archive

Leloup is a French DJ and sound artist. He also works as a music journalist, critic and exhibition curator, overseeing audio-exhibitions showcasing contemporary products of colliding worlds of video and auditory arts.

Electronic and pop music, cutting edge technologies and new media are all his specialties. He runs a blog at Was associated with the FG DJ Radio station in Paris, where electronica received large amounts of airplay. His articles can be found in many music and art magazines. Leloup teaches at L’Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Son (IST) and the New Sorbonne University.

”Since the turn of the 20th century, the music industry is adamantly standing against any technological innovations.”

In 1992 he created the duo RadioMentale with Eric Pajot. Their compositions mixed electronica and ambient with natural sounds and human voices. For their latest album “I Could Never Make That Music Again,” released in 2008, the duo received Qwartz Prize for Best Electronic Artist. They staged their multimedia installations and shows in venues like Palais de Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou and during Documenta X in Kassel. RadioMentale have also pioneered the “Cinemix,” a technique of creating new soundtracks for both the classics of cinema and contemporary movies.

Leloup has authored several books. In 2009, he published “Digital Magma: From the Utopia of Rave Parties to the iPod Generation” (Sternberg Press), describing the evolution of electronic music since the 1980s and reflecting upon the role of the MP3 generation with its new methods of consuming culture. The ways of sharing and experiencing music have changed, thus changing the relationship between creators and their audiences, says Leloup.

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