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Location:;Lille, France
Email Address(es):contact@koyl.net
Website URL(s):http://koyl.net/
Projects/Ensembles:KOYL: Solo improvised live-looping Soundscapes made on Dobro, Lapsteel or Upright Guitar.
Instruments:Squier Jazzmaster upgraded with Lollar & TV Jones pickup + Piezo transducer / Electrified Gretsch Bobtail Squareneck Dobro / Squier Stratocaster converted for lapsteel playing / Effect Pedals / iPad
Looping Gear:Ableton Live Looper + Augustus Loop plugin / iPad with Lemur as a controller.
Influences:Tom Waits / Low / Nine Inch Nails / Chris Whitley / Amon Tobin / Hint / dEUS / Sigur Ros / Marc Ribot / Sonic Youth / Björk / Einstürzende Neubauten / Nosfell
Musical Style:Experimental, Ambient, Industrial, Post-Rock, Electronica, Glitch, Noise.
Recordings Available:Modular Glitchtar Soundscapes Vol.1 (https://koyl.bandcamp.com/album/modular-glitchtar-soundscapes-vol-1)
Koyl is a textural guitarist, electronic musician, improviser and composer based in Lille, France.

With a guitar style founded on unusual playing techniques, alternate tunings, live-tweaked effect pedals and elaborated methods of live-looping, Koyl creates immersive, cinematic sonic multi-universes that aim for the harmony of paradoxes and the tension of the in-between.

Born of necessity to conquer some physical disabilities, this distinctive approach to the guitar has blossomed as a way to transcend the instrument, empowering him to find new possibilities for it.

More than being the foundation of a recognizable guitar sound, this hacking and line-blurrying modus operandi also fuels Koyl’s composition process and production style: abstract or melodic, raw and ethereal, venturing into ambient, post-rock, electronic music, industrial, post-punk or experimental, this common thread allows the music to both remain coherent and be the true expression of its maker.

From 2009 to 2011, Koyl self-released 3 records and played live as Le Principe d’Inconstance.
This solo project was the spark to using guitar alongside sound-on-sound looping as a live-composition tool.

Eager to learn more about the electronic side of music, he spent the next 3 years studying electronic music production and sound design. This eventually gave birth to an experimental/industrial techno side-project called Leikkuri.

In 2014, with a refreshed interest for the guitar and new perspectives on electronics, Koyl started to record improvised soundscapes again, but this time, with lap steel guitars and more advanced live-looping techniques.

Released at the pace of one per month, those new tracks form the now-completed “Modular Glitchtar Soundscapes Vol.1” and display a more melodic side of his sound.

In 2016, Koyl will be working on a new album: still 100% made with guitars but more studio-oriented, this record will feature new types of treatments applied to the guitar, such as iOS effects and modular synths, and shorter composed tracks.

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