"Au coeur" translated into English is simple: "to the heart" and French composer and sound designer designer Franck Zaragoza has re-appropriated this expression as Ocoeur. With each release his output has become more personal by interjecting emotions in a way that is neither heavy on melancholy or unpleasantly overwrought, while even sometimes, reflecting an artful playfulness.
Zaragoza started playing music when he was still a child. Having learnt how to play the piano, he devoted most of his time to musical experimentation on rhythm and melody. After discovering electronic music Franck became enamored with artists such as Moby, Brian Eno, Apparat or Aphex Twin which all had an influence in shaping his future creativity.
He premiered his Ocoeur alias with the electronica and IDM influenced album Les Hommes ne savant pas voler on Barcelona-based label Musica Vermella. The album unveiled Zaragoza's taste for dreamlike, cinematic sounds. The release was received with enthusiasm, and was followed a few months later by the Perçevoir EP .
Shortly after few compilation appearances Zaragoza signed Ocoeur to emotive electronics outpost n5MD for his debut physical release Light As A Feather. The album was much more intimate sounding than his previous works; and was a large step forward by mixing glitch textures and ethereal pads. The album was acclaimed for its more sincere and precise style, both in terms of mood and meticulous sound design. The same year, saw the release of a 5-track EP. Memento, showcased 3 new songs in a more introspective sound. While Ben Lukas Boysen and Elise Mélinand providing remixes from Light As A Feather.
A Parallel Life was then released in 2014 (n5MD). This album was critically heralded for its use of sound design as a means to give expression to the emotive nature of the electronic ambient-IDM-techno compositions within. In that year Ocoeur would go on to play festivals in his native France, The Netherlands and Italy. He has since shared the stage with the likes of Fennesz, Arovane, µZiq, and Kangding Ray.
In 2015 Franck contributed compositions to the soon to be released documentary Rana Tharu and begun work on his next full length album Reversed. Scheduled to be released in March of 2016.
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