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THE LIGHTHOUSE

AN ESOTERIC AUDIO PROJECT

The eerie night of a lighthouse keeper

Acoustic guitar

Natural instruments and electronic music

The roaring sea

Voices of drownded souls

Creatures crying in the night

AND

Your own dreams

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Ancre 2

IMMERSIVE MUSIC
on the sea

I.
I'm facing the lighthouse then
ENTERING THE VOID

Melancholy at dusk on my dark and barren island;
I'm entering the Lighthouse;
Peace amid some strange phosphorescences on the mossy walls;
Panic on the radio

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I'm facing the lighthouse then entering the void
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II.
Spinning up the stairs into the
INFINITE DARK

I plunge into darkness;

A break in an eerie atmosphere;

At the top of the Lighthouse, my beating heart is gasping for air

Scary and esoteric stairs up a lighthouse
Spinning up the stairs into the infinite dark
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III.
Sweeping in the sweet nectar,
WATCH OUT

I open the door;

Outside, the fury of the storm,

and so many sounds of wailing, blasphemy, devotion, answer each over:

are the creatures of the deep blue sea crying on me?;

But there's a kind of sweetness...

Scary isolated lighthouse in an eerie soundscape
Sweeping in the sweet nectar, watch out
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WHAT'S NEXT ?
I'm writing the next episode on THE ISLAND OF OUESSANT

A TRAGEDY ON THE SEA

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I composed the three first titles of the project at Dunnet Lighthouse, alone in foggy nights, surrounded by the cliffs below.
What is driven by me ?
One year before, just after the final lockdown, I went to the island of OUESSANT, in Britanny. There I gazed for hours at the famous lighthouse called LA JUMENT, standing on a rock out in a raging sea.

I FELT LIKE HOME…

I've been haunted since by the loneliness of such rocky boats, challenging the storms, crazy places in the middle of nowhere. What could be the feelings of their keepers, imprisoned where no one should live?

I WISH I WAS ONE OF THEM.

Going to lighthouses ashore is going to hell. How is nature in such dangerous places?
What could seas, so ill treated nowadays, tell us in the darkness?
Are still the waves, the wind, the sky, all the animals and the gods of the sea showing there their strenghs and their sufferings?

At this moment I knew I had to write a musical story evocating a night in the life of a lighthouse keeper, threatened by a terrible storm and his own dreams.

MY STORM WITHIN, THE ONE I'M ABOUT TO LET GO.

A musical story, without words, but immersive, stimulates imagination and direct feelings between you and me.

COME WITH ME AND ENTER THE LIGHTHOUSE.

Feel my anxiety, my perversion and the wonders of an eerie night sung by an acoustic guitar,
in the heart of what is now your own tragedy.

THE PROJECT
Men Tensel your dream creator

ABOUT MEN TENSEL

Alone, inspiration for music and relaxation in Scotland by the sea on a cliff

MEN TENSEL is the name of a well-known rock in the rough sea near

OUESSANT, in BRITANNY.

I embarked on this project after so many years playing the guitar and working all components of music,

TRAVELLING,

DREAMING ABOUT NATURE,

LIFE,

DESTINY,

HEAVEN AND HELL.

Graduated in classical guitar in PARIS, I moved to the CARIBBEAN (Martinique) to work jazz and world music. Then in SEVILLA, I studied and immersed myself in flamenco, tragedy in music. I managed a band of African music which toured in Paris until recently.

My brother Guillaume and my pianist friend Julien helped me to create the world of the lighthouse.

Now I need you to share your feelings about what hopefully will be,

from now, your personal story.

LIGHTHOUSES OF DREAM

REFERENCES

Leaving on a solitary trip from a harbour in the Scottish sea

Cetaceans crying in the sea

The seashore, so close yet so far away

The lighthouse,

solitary,

SO TALL AND SPECTRAL
THE FOG PASSING THROUGH THE WALLS

Here are some of my references  :

BOOKS

The Oxford book of the sea

L. Cozan. Un feu sur la mer

H. Queffélec. Le phare / La lumière enchaînée

D.S. Murray. For the safety off all - a story of Scotland's Lighthouses
H. Pratt. The Celts

R. Renard. Melvile

MUSIC

V. Amigo. Poeta

Dan Ar Braz. Douar nevez

A. Stivell. Ys

R.S. Brindle. El Polifemo de Oro

The Lovecraft sextet. Nights of lust

We like we. Time is local

The Alan Parsons Project. Tales of mystery and imagination

CONTACT

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Men Tensel is a member of the Société Nationale pour le Patrimoine des Phares et Balises (SNPB), which plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the heritage of lighthouses and beacons in France.

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