PARIS, the composer of the 13th arrondissement soundtrack celebrates the North American release of his film with an upcoming tour

The famous composer and electronic musician Rone, winner of a César (the highest honor in French cinema), is celebrating the theatrical release in North America of Paris, 13th arrondissement by Jacques Audiard, for which he was the composer of the complete soundtrack of the film. It presents sixteen musical vignettes of electrifying emotion at the crossroads of modern ambient synthesizer productions and organic orchestral music experiments, which tint the feature film with the illuminated glow of a whole new generation. This summer, Rone will be touring North America, performing songs from his critically acclaimed album Room With A View. Upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Listen to “Opening” from the soundtrack of “Paris, District 13”. Watch the short film of “Ghosts” via YouTube. Stream the Ghosts EP:

The prolific artist also recently released a short film for his new single “Ghosts”, directed by pioneering dance collective (LA) HORDE, featuring performances by dancers from the Ballet National de Marseille, and scripted by visionary filmmaker Spike Jonze. .

When Jacques Audiard contacted him, Rone was a few weeks away from receiving the César for best film music for his very first Night Ride soundtrack, the highest distinction in French cinema for a composer. Throughout his career, the French director has been able to surprise his audience by playing on the codes of “genre films”, while remaining faithful to the aesthetics of “art film”. His cinema is both deep and entertaining, sophisticated and accessible, dark and dreamlike.

“Jacques’ cinema is physical, sensual, modern,” says Rone of the director, “when he asked me to do the music for Paris 13th, I immediately accepted, without seeing any images or reading the screenplay. He is just one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers.”

His new feature film deals with young people in general and their sexuality in particular in a way that no one could have done before. The story revolves around four young characters and their existential questions, whose destinies intertwine against the backdrop of the Parisian buildings of the “Olympiades” in the 13th arrondissement.

But time is already running out since the film is about to be nominated for the Palme d’or at Cannes during the rescheduled edition of the festival in July 2021. Between the releases of Rone & Friends and its remixes for Agnès Obel, Go Go Penguin and Jehnny Beth (who also plays a role in the film), the producer decided to lock himself in his brand new Isola studio in Cancale, in French Brittany. He also invests in a large screen on which he projects loops of the film and begins to manipulate his equipment. “I had in mind Miles Davis and the way he composed “Ascenseur pour l’échafaud” by improvising with his group while watching excerpts from the film.”

After a first conclusive attempt on three scenes of the film which allowed Rone to highlight the skills he had developed in composition in various musical fields, a relationship of trust was established between the musician and the director, who resulted in over 45 minutes of Rone’s music being used for the final cut. “There was a lot of music to do in a short time, but the exchanges with Jacques were very stimulating. He had a fairly clear idea of ​​what he wanted, while at the same time, I think, wanting to be surprised. , or even a little shaken.”

If the black and white aesthetic recalls the great hours of the “New Wave”, Rone’s music gives a new layer to the film which is resolutely in tune with the times of 2020. The sequencing of the album follows the narrative exactly from the movie.

“Opening” reveals in 3 minutes the extent of the emotional spectrum deployed throughout the film, ranging from the most peaceful waves of the introduction to the powerful unleashing of raw analog notes of the conclusion. The hypnotic vibe of club music is echoed in “MDMA” and “Emilie Dance”, both of which emphasize the body dynamics of the film. Alternatively, miniature pieces of ambient music are woven into the film like tapestries of cerebral sounds. “A Month Later,” on the other hand, makes no compromises. The track overtly carries Rone’s sonic backbone known from his albums.

The work on the long traveling scene at the end of the film on “Nora & Amber”, inspired by the theme of the opening piece, abandons the drum machines to infuse an immersive and almost orchestral depth that left the spectators speechless.

This second Rone soundtrack is a sonic urban adventure in itself. As used in the film, coloring the lives of Audiard’s protagonists, it will have the same impact on us listeners in our own daily lives.

Upcoming North American Tour Dates:


10 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

11 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Salon

12 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s

14 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (popscene)

15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

17 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village

18 – Toronto, Ont. @ Adelaide Hall

19 – Montreal, QC @ Society For Arts and Technology

20 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Club

22 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

23 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd

Photo credits: Jacques-Henri Heim