Daniel Masson is a French based music composer, producer and musician / dj who follows his own unique style in the electronic and world-fusion music scene. He has made a career of crossing musical and technical boundaries establishing himself as one of the names in Electro World-chill out music notably through the Buddha Bar collections.
Daniel Masson first arrived in Paris in the end of the 1970’s.Arriving in Paris in 1976, he undertook work as a guitar teacher by day, while performing jazz in clubs at night. During this period, as the first synthesizers arrived on the scene, Masson was one of the first artists to experiment with computer assisted composition. Since then, he has embarked on a great deal of music programming and studio productions. Over the years, Daniel Masson has produced a large number of video game soundtracks for Ubisoft, Disney Interactive and many others. This also allowed him to explore and experiment new and innovative ways of making music.
Masson has been heavily involved with World Music travelling the globe in search of new sounds. Each of Masson’s albums has told a story of this voyage and of his related encounters with people across the globe.
Masson’s first “music Journey” was released as Electromana with Jet Lag. Since then, Masson has also composed and produced albums for the “Pacific Islands Collection” at Oceania Records.
During the last decade Masson has twice visited Bangladesh to record and film the leading musicians of the Baul music tradition. This resulted in the “Baul Dimension” release, an atmospheric recording where digital sounds were fused with human voices and traditional instruments. Tracks from Baul Dimension are included in many compilations including renowned the Buddha Bar series.
With the EP “Bingo “released in 2006 and “Trempolino” in 2008, Masson used a composition style blending ethnic sounds with minimalist electronic music. During 2007, as composer he also went to Syria and Egypt to record singers and musicians for “Buddha Bar Travel Impressions”. A CD\DVD album was later released in 2008 on George V Records.
Masson has now spent 10 years collecting ethnic sounds and voices to use them in his home studio. His 2009 album “Adventures” reflected
this in its collection of old songs remixed, including the track “Fashion for Development” featuring Bibi Russell, Bari Saddiqui amongst other artists.
The album Frequencies has released on May 2011 .
Masson describes Frequencies as like “standing in the middle of a digital crossroad of different sound, color and human frequencies like a snapshots set of encounters with people, views of amazing landscapes, discoveries of life of people in huge cities; in the country; in the desert from France to Asia crossing the Middle East and India. The tunes are all small stories as a “carnet de voyages,” a set of sensations and frequencies I felt.”
During summer 2011, Masson composed an original electronic score for George Melies’ 1904 silent film “The Impossible Voyage.” Mélies was a great innovator and a leading French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in early cinema, including experimenting with the use of special effects.
On October Masson played this new composition live for the French Night at the Busan International Film Festival. This project, presented by the French Embassy and the French Institute of Seoul also involved Masson playing inside the old Seoul railway station for the opening ceremony of the “Souvenirs from Earth” exhibition.
In addition, Masson in a series of separate events performed excerpts from his Baul Dimension and Frequencies collections at various venues throughout Seoul.
In 2012 Daniel Masson toured in the San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Arizona and Geneva, Switzerland.