The Music

The Sound:
Michel Eric Mouquet stated that: "Throughout the world, people found it difficult to classify the Deep Forest music... Some people probably like the music precisely because it is hard to classify."
Having released three albums that are very different it's hard to give Deep Forest a trademark. The album "Deep Forest" featured African sounds, creating an ambient-techno music. Boheme, based on eastern europe, sounds was a lot more ambient. Comparsa was very highly percussive, giving it a bit more dance flavor.

Samples used on Deep Forest:
The original samples used by Deep Forest were from UNESCO. Hugo Zempe and Shima Arom, UNESCO musicologists, collected the samples in the 1980s. Deep Forest altered the tempos, pitches and merged them to obtain what you now hear today on their albums.

Samples used on Boheme:
Rudas Czillag, Babam Babam, Andokukurizo, Esik As Eso, and En Istenem from the album Rom Som Ame, Hungarian Gipsies Traditions
Istenem Istenem, O Istenem Mit Csinaljak, and Mikor Csikbol Kiindultam from the album Musics from Transylvania
A Recitative for Describing Loneliness from the album The Music of Aborigines on Taiwan, The Songs of the Yami Tribe Island Vol. 3
The Partisans from the album Songs of Women from the Old Russia
Auschwitz from the album Latcho Drom
Mandax Nar from the album Tsagaan Sar-White Moon, Traditional and Popular Music from Mongolia
Songs of Love, Luck, Animals and Magic from the album Songs of Love, Luck, Animals and Magic - Music of the Yurock and Tolowa Indians

Roland RSS 30 System
Fairlight equipment
Akai S1000 (to sample the vocals in small sections)
Korg Workstation (Michel's initial keyboard parts)
Multi Moog (produced a lot of the sounds)
Mini Moog (sample effects)
Prophet VS (the building of multi-layers)
JD800 (to use its internal effects)

Copyright © Kimm Kroll 1998