released 01 October 1979
Co-produced in 1979 with Alien Circles Records, the first album of Jihel is a collection of titles recorded between 1975 and 1979. All tracks are shorter versions of titles played on stage.
Basic tracks recorded between 1975 and 1977 at Studio du Blanc-Mesnil, France. Final recording and mixing during Winter 1978 at Intercontinental Studio, Le Blanc Mesnil, France.
Engineered by Norbert Deville and Xavier Reiter. Mixed by JLHB and Norbert Deville. Produced by JLHB and Xavier Reiter for Alien Circles Records. Original LP mastered by Thomas Helm at Rêve Gravure, Paris, France.
This release mastered in 2011 at Scoz Mastering Suite, Cœur de Beauce, France. Artworks Collages by JLHB. Sleeve Design by Graph'Hypnotic.
With the project Zreen Toyz, the French artist JLHB (born in 1954) likes pushing aside the notion of composer or musician and often presents himself as Sounds Sculptor.
After few years in classical training on piano and percussions, he does not appreciate the stifling conformity of the academy and turns to the improvised musics. The continuation of its training is essentially self-taught.
He crosses composers as Luc Ferrari and Ilhan Mimaroglu, but his meetings with Herman Poole Blount, more known under the name of Sun Ra, and the improvised electronic musics, in particular that of Tangerine Dream (period 1970-1975) and that of Conrad Schnitzler (he meets him in Berlin in 1973), are really determining for his sound experiments.
Since his first pieces created in 1970, he works the sound material following inspiration of the moment, a raw and instinctive approach by stratification where any imperfection or sound incident become a harshness on which to hang on atmospheres or reflections. In this way, he creates impalpable and timeless landscapes where vibrations, noises, and collages erase the structure of the piece.