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Cirque Noir

by Brique a Braq

An intelligent compilation of instrumentals ranging from delicate piano art to grandiose choir ensembles.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pastiche
2:09 $0.99
2. Rococo
2:27 $0.99
3. Une planéte fantastique
2:18 $0.99
4. Raplapla
2:40 $0.99
5. Châteauneuf
2:34 $0.99
6. Au revoir les anges
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Cirque Noir " is a dynamic EP comprised of intricate piano pieces and moving melodies by American songwriter/producer/composer/instrumentalist Derek Mount. Mount has written and played on an impressive palette of art, including significant releases in pop, rock, indie, funk, hip-hop, orchestral music, electronic music, and more.

As a songwriter, Derek has co-written eight number-one hits and fifteen top-ten songs across various radio formats. He has also released several albums under the umbrella of his record label and production company, Man Night Music (most notably using the moniker of his dynamic compositional project, Brique a Braq). Mount's songs have been used in feature films (NBCUniversal, Lionsgate), commercials (Nokia, Target), television programs (CMT, MTV, VH1), retail stores (Journey's, Forever XXI), sporting events (ESPN, WWE, NHL, CBS, etc.), corporate presentations (BMW, Wells Fargo, KCRW), and much more. Propelled by an ambitious work ethic, he has scored several independent film projects from tour buses, hotel lobbies, and studios around the world, including a recent collaboration with partner Riley Friesen on several custom soundtrack pieces for RGH Entertainment's animated feature film "Postman Pat: The Movie."

He performed eleven-and-a-half years as the bombastic, multifaceted guitarist and background vocalist for the electro-dance-infused rock band Family Force 5. The group has performed thousands of shows worldwide, including appearances at some of the world's most prestigious tours and festivals (Sonisphere, Bamboozle, Warped Tour US & UK, AP Tour, etc.). FF5 has sold several hundred thousand albums to-date, charted over forty million collective YouTube views, and garnered considerable recognition in the press (Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, Pollstar, AP Magazine's Live Band of the Year, Yahoo's "Who's Next," etc.).

In August of 2017, Mount collaborated with producer Philip Zach to create "Versailles," the debut album from their adventurous new project, Juno Kids. The duo forged the minimalistic record using only one analog synthesizer, and are quickly cultivating a following in the IDM/synthwave scene.

Derek plays guitar at various local churches, and he also teaches online guitar lessons to aspiring students spanning the globe. Mount lives with his wife Sarah, and is a passionate fan of football, basketball, podcasts, grilling, and patterned socks.

Album Credits:

Derek Mount: Piano, Keyboards, Programming, Percussion
Produced by: Derek Mount
Engineered by: Derek Mount
Mixed and Mastered by: Nathan Dantzler at The Hit Lab
Administration by: PJ Heimerman
Artwork by: Jesse Dill and Joshua Dill

All songs written by Derek Mount/Man Night Music/BMI



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Cirque Noir" is a six-song/ sixteen minute EP by Brique a Braq, the name of Derek Mount’s compositional project. Mount is an American guitarist, songwriter, composer, and producer who is probably best-known for his work with the electro-dance-infused Christian rock band Family Force 5. He has written for and played on an impressive number of releases across a broad range of music genres. His music has been used in feature films, commercials, television programs, sporting events, and corporate presentations, to name a few. As a songwriter, he has co-written seven #1 hits and fourteen Top-10 songs across various radio formats.

"Cirque Noir" is Mount’s third release as Brique a Braq. He described the project to me this way: “Although I write often for film/television/advertising projects, this particular project is a very minimalistic record that I made during the morning hours of last year’s spring tour with my rock band.  I chose six compelling scenes from French films, removed the music, and scored each one with a completely new approach, resulting in a collection of quirky songs that often express a dark sentiment.”

It might seem that a sixteen-minute recording isn’t enough time to get acquainted with a composer’s music, but that isn’t the case here. The six pieces are all very different from each other and tell vivid, intense stories. It would be interesting to know which films inspired the music, but it’s also fun to create your own visuals while listening to it.

"Cirque Noir" begins with “Pastiche,” a wonderfully mysterious piece of musical storytelling. With hints of a toy piano gone a little crazy, something nasty lurking around the corner or in the next room, and possibly someone slowly going mad, it’s a favorite! Something is not quite right in the scene depicted by “Rococo.” A repeated piano motif is mournful and compelling, and as it very gradually slows to a halt, dark and ominous sounds take us into “Une planete fantastique.” Atmospheric ambience swirls around the piano’s lively high-treble pattern before it comes back down into the mid-range of the keyboard. A howling wind brings a chill to this one. “Raplapla” has the feel of a sentimental slow dance at the beginning, gradually becoming livelier and more playful before returning to the first theme with a lighter touch. “Chateauneuf” is less melodic and more percussive than the other pieces. After a very intense beginning, it becomes almost mournful. “Au revoir les anges 2” starts out with ethereal voices and very little accompaniment. About halfway into the piece, very dark and intense instrumentation comes in, indicating that something terrible has happened. The sorrowful voices then bring it to an end.

It truly is amazing that so much power and descriptive storytelling could go into such a short album. I’m intrigued and look forward to hearing more of Derek Mount’s music!