One day many many years ago. We sat, watching the Tour de France bicycle race. Peloton. The group of bicycle riders who make up most of the race. There are some who pull ahead of the pack, but the teams supporting those leaders are a part of the Peloton. Peloton Musique is kind of like that. We are in it for the team to win it. If one of us pulls ahead, the rest are still right there.
Aron, Shane and Eli formed an LLC and began looking for musicians to make music from a bicycle themed sample pack. The response was overwhelming. There were more than 60 songs submitted and while they were all great in their own ways, we whittled it down to 21 tracks which would make up our first release, Bicycles Are Your Friends. Since then, Joris Kamma has joined the team and contributes regularly as a musician and a partner. As we continue to collaborate with more and more artists and musicians, we will continue to share right here on this website and also on our SoundCloud page. For now check out our growing podcast section as well as our releases.
Taking Flight is metaphor for label’s rise from previous major release 2xLP Bicycles Are Your Friends, a mix for the street. It also serves as a pseudo-narrative for Secret Life of Birds, our upcoming collaborative theme and sample set based around field recordings of our feathered friends.
10 bonus tracks that combine the natural fit between bicycle noises and electronic music with implicit themes of health, environmental consciousness and sustainability. “Although we’re not overtly political, we certainly have a message with this release: ride a bike, get in shape, reduce your oil consumption and save the environment”.
We produced a sample kit comprised of pump blasts, spoke plucks, brake compresses and sprocket click-clacks, then asked the best producers from the Pacific Northwest and around the world to create tracks that reflect the spirit of the peloton – a team of cyclists that rides together, conserving energy and functioning as an integrated unit.
Every one of the Peloton crew spends some time on the 'decks'. It's a natural progression for lovers of electronic music to take. We all try to make mixes for the team from time to time, so check back here and our SoundCloud page.
Wobbling, spinning, rotating, floating, aimless, space, stars, distance, time, flowing, limitless, time travel, 14 billion years, light, reaching, arriving, a message in a bottle, unintelligible, meaningful, tangible and understood nonetheless.
Way up on high, climb, ascent, gravity, torque, push, resistance, Col du Tourmalet, Pyrenees, Jacques Goddet, Octave Lapize, air, 1974, last stage, bike race, peloton, exceptional, a mile-and-change, white-winged snowfinch.
La Nouvelle-Orléans, Canal, Bourbon Street, Bourbon drinks, Old Absinthe House, beignets, Tennessee Williams, Streetcar, vice, Café du Monde, rhythm, life and jazz, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve, kissing strangers in your teens.
Underwater, bubbles, resonance, pressure, freedom, bouyancy, floating, weightless, distortion, vibration and harmonics, saturation, soaking, absorbed, z-axis, gravity, a lifetime of innate recognition of water.
Love, inspiration, joy, sharing, passion, protecting, a warm blanket, seeing them smile. A life together. Organization, caring, respect, making time, living in the moment, Eros, Aphrodite, Tom ka gai on a sick day and a kiss.
Cold, sharp, steel slices the air, a movement, block, parry then dodge. Reborn, again, this feels familiar, I have been here before, smiling to unnerve opponent, a kind killer, buddhist perhaps, another life, another star. Travelling without moving.
Nihon on my mind, red line, acidity, a frightening and stimulating trip, night lights, piano bars, whiskey, a lost scarf, lost in time, translation, aybee and nc17 in osaka, art everywhere, technology, density, overwhelming grief.
Shiny, sleek, chrome, hard, smooth, metal, cold, steel, unforgiving, motorcycle tail-pipes, pipes, drain-pipe, clear the pipes, pipe dream, pipe cleaner, what are you putting in that pipe, surfin' the big pipeline pay the piper.
Shasta, Karuk, The White Mountain, Clean, Pure, Happiness, Luck, Cascade, Felicity, Fortune, Stratovolcano, Trinity, Skell, Harmonic Convergence, Modoc, Klamath, Siskiyou Trail, Redding, Red Bluff, Avalanche Gulch.
Nine Lives, A Stitch in Time Saves Nine, Nine Ways from Sunday, Cat O' Nine Tails Cloud Nine, The Whole Nine Yards, A Wonder Lasts But Nine Days, Nine Ball, Nine Millimeter, Route Nine, Nine Mens Morris, Nine Times out of Ten.
Best of Seven, The seven, Seven-Eleven, Seven-Eleven Seven even back do' Lil' Joe. Picked up the Cash Flow. Eighth, Eight Days a Week, Magic Eight-Ball, Figure Eight, Pieces of Eight, Two-Four-Six-Eight, Eight Cylinders.
Twenty Tens, WikiLeaks, Anonymous, Microchips, Robotic Cars, IPv4, Apps the New Web, Burj Khalifa, Super Tornado Outbreak, Eyjafjallajökull, Fukushima, Arab Spring, Pluto, James Webb, Exaflop, Copiapó, iPad, and it's only 2012.