‘Spoken Wor(l)d’: In Celebration of Human Speech
Phileas’ Debut Album Brings Together the Languages of the World.Music is communication, the ultimate universal language. Now imagine creating music using all our other languages. That is exactly what Phileas has done on ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’, his debut solo album. 


Taking his name from one of the most famous travellers the world has ever known, Phileas himself spent three years wandering the globe collecting voice samples in more than 30 languages.

The theory behind this unique concept is that the music unifies all these diverse voices. And while this might sound a little high-minded, Phileas’ music is still firmly rooted in fun: ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ is not only a highly entertaining electro-pop record, but also a seductive call for a liberating session on the dancefloor.

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Phileas has been experimenting with human speech for 10 years, since working for LOT, a Peruvian theatre company that focused on spoken word performances. However, what makes his music different is that the voice is used just as others might use an instrument: the meaning of the words is less important than the sound that they make.

Phileas’ infectious, foot-tapping brand of dance oozes the kind of soulful feel so often lacking in this genre. So many voices, all speaking their own language, but somehow brought together to sound as one, guide the listener through a colourful journey filled with excitement and joy.

But first and foremost, ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ gets people celebrate by dancing, with their bodies or their minds. Batman In D, the first single, remembers Vince Clark’s most exuberant pop moments, while Ursprache, an overwhelming showcase of words from the world, takes a New Order kind of electro-rock approach to the arrangement. From the Telefon Tel Aviv-like introspectiveness of The Reason to Stay Awake and The Path of Roses, to an unusual rave spirit that seems to blend Jean Michel Jarre with Daft Punk in Picture Game and Red Drowning Sun, Phileas’ debut album is a non-stop array of voice soundscapes and rhythms, all cut through with the verve for invention that drove Kraftwerk on to ever more creative heights.

As Phileas himself says, ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ is more than a record: “It is a positive message about the diversity and similarity of the people of this world”. And it is a simply great pop record all at the same time, included by the UNESCO in the celebrations for the International Year of  Languages and winner of the Vox Populi Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in the 8th. Independent Music Awards.

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  • Spoken Wor(l)d (2008) is an electronic music project that celebrates human speech and language, composed and produced by France-based Peruvian music artist Phileas. The artist spent three years wandering the globe collecting voice samples in more than 30 languages for this recording.

    Spoken Wor(l)d was included in 2008 by the UNESCO in the celebration of the International Year of Languages and received the Vox Populi Award as Best Album Dance/Electronica of the Year in the 8th. Independent Music Awards. Tracks from Spoken Wor(l)d have been air played in radio stations from the USA, Peru and Spain. Phileas has performed live in Germany, France, Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

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