Deep Forest - Music Detected
Music Detected
Notes / Reviews

Music Detected is the sixth album by the musical group Deep Forest. On this album their trademark samples are nowhere to be heard; the group have worked in live conditions, giving priority to lyrics, David Fall's solid drum work and raging guitars. While their powerful electro world-beat is still in evidence, it now provides a driving force for genuine songs. There is still plenty of experimentation, especially on "Elemental", where the Southern accent of blueswoman Beverly Jo Scott blends admirably with the lyrical flights of a Turkish singer. Another example of cross-fertilisation is provided by "Will You Be Ready", where the voice of Angela McCluskey (the Wild Colonials singer and Telepopmusik diva) merges with the delicate tones of Chitose Hajime's Okinawa (an island south of Japan shores). On "Endangered Species" (the first single taken from the album), Eric Mouquet's vocoderised vocals pay tribute to Kraftwerk in yet another cross-genre experience where his robotised voice joins with singing from Bulgaria's Stefka Iordanova. Fashioned for the dance floor, the remix of "Endangered Species" is boosted by bass from Galleon, authors of hits such as "Believe" and "So I Begin".


*Eric Mouquet – arrangement, keyboards, and programmation

*Michel Sanchez – arrangement, keyboards, and programmation

*Beverly Jo Scott – vocals

*Angela McCluskey – vocals

*Anggun – vocals on "Deep Blue Sea"

*David Fall – drums

*Phillipe Paradis – guitar

*Brij Narayan - sarod


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Artist/Band Information

Deep Forest is a musical group consisting of two French musicians, Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet. They compose a new kind of world music, sometimes called ethnic electronica, mixing ethnic with electronic sounds and dance beats or chillout beats. Their sound has been described as an "ethno-introspective ambient world music." They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best World Music Album, and in 1996 they won the Award for the album Boheme. The group also became World Music Awards Winner - French group with the highest 1995 world sales. Their albums have sold over 10 million copies.


Michel Sanchez came up with the idea of mixing the native Baka pygmy spoken word with modern music after hearing on-site recordings of these tribes conversing. Along with Eric Mouquet they created the project Deep Forest. Their first self-titled album (nominated for a Grammy) was released in 1992, with "Sweet Lullaby" being the smash single which would put Deep Forest on the musical map (UK Top 10 hit). The song "Sweet Lullaby" is adapted from a traditional song from the Solomon Islands. The album Deep Forest was dance-driven and the samples were heavily digitised and edited. It was re-released as a limited edition in 1994 under the name World Mix.

For their second album Boheme, Eric and Michel left behind the sounds of the forest and ventured into Eastern Europe bringing tender, lonesome Hungarian and Gypsy chants with upbeat, yet sad, music. Due to this shift, Dan Lacksman (from Telex, producer and sound-engineer of the first album) decided to go his separate way and continued working on other projects like Pangea. The chants were no longer brief, instead extended phrases had been sampled from Hungarian and Romanian sample CDs. The duo collaborated with Joe Zawinul during the recording of the album.

The duo also performed and produced the remixes for the Youssou N'Dour single "Undecided" in 1994, with guest vocals by Neneh Cherry (who featured on n'Dour's break-through single "Seven Seconds"). That same year Deep Forest made remixes for Jon Anderson's "Deseo", Apollo 440's "Liquid Cool" and Cesária Évora's "My Fatigue is Endless". In 1996 Deep Forest collaborated with Peter Gabriel on the song "While the Earth Sleeps" which was written for the film Strange Days.

The follow-up third album, Comparsa, contained Spanish chants and sounds. The music is often upbeat and celebratory. The last song from the album Media Luna, which was also released as a single, features a duet of Syrian and Spanish singers Abed Azrei and Ana Torroja. A recording of their live concert in Japan was also released on a CD called Made in Japan. Although all the songs featured in the show are from the previous three albums, they have new often-longer arrangements and all the chants are performed and reinterpreted by live performers.

In 1999 Deep Forest worked with Cheb Mami and Catherine Lara on the song "L'Enfant Fleur" which had been composed for Sol En Si (a French charity which helps HIV families).

In 2000, Deep Forest released their fourth album, Pacifique. It mixes pacific and island beats with electronic music.

Music Detected was the title of their fifth much-anticipated official Deep Forest album which saw the duo turn its attention to the Far East and the Orient for inspiration. It also signalled a change in musical style for Deep Forest, from dance to a more rock-influence.

In 2003 Deep Forest released a compilation album Essence of the Forest, with some remastered tracks.

Music for films

Deep Forest has two tracks on the soundtrack for the 1995 movie Strange Days: "Coral Lounge" and "While the Earth Sleeps" (featuring Peter Gabriel).

One of Deep Forest songs, "Night Bird", was used in the 1996 film version of The Island of Dr. Moreau.

In December 2000, Deep Forest composed a soundtrack for the French film Le Prince du Pacifique. The album, entitled Pacifique, is a return to a more ambient and melancholy sound, with piano themes riding above moody synth textures, Pacific Island chants, scratchy synth-leads and electronic drumming.

In 2004 the duo composed a soundtrack for the Japanese film Kusa No Ran. A remix of "Sweet Lullaby" was also used for the viral hit "Where the Hell is Matt?"

Side projects

Both Sanchez and Mouquet have worked over a variety of side-projects and solo albums. Sanchez has two solo albums out and produced Wes' successful debut album; while Mouquet created the group Dao Dezi, collaborated with Catherine Lara and arranged Thorgal, he composed and produced songs for Ana Torroja (Mecano), Jean Sebastien Lavoie, and composed and produced songs for Josh Groban. Mouquet is now preparing three albums in the Deep Forest first album style, Deep Brasil, Deep Africa and Deep China. All these albums are grouped under the generic name of Deep Projects.

Live performances

Deep Forest had their first live concert in 1996 at the G7 Summit in Lyon, France. They continued from there on to the Deep Forest 96' world tour. During the 1996 tour, Deep Forest performed a number of shows in France, Hungary, Greece, Australia, Japan, Poland and US. After the completion of Comparsa there was a 98' world tour. Since 98' there have been numerous live performances, including the Image Concerts. The 'Image' concerts took place in Japan. The concerts were based around the 'Image' album (similar to Pure Moods), and featured a number of famous Japanese artists, also including Deep Forest.


Deep Forest received widespread criticism after their single ‘Sweet Lullaby’ used vocals from UNESCO Musical Sources collection. The vocals, a lullaby named “Rorogwela” sung by Afunakwa, a Northern Malaita woman, were recorded by the ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp. Deep Forest’s subsequent claim that the track had UNESCO’s approval was found to be invalid.


A percentage of proceeds from Deep Forest's debut album sales went to the Pygmy Fund, set up to aid Zaire's pygmies in the transition from nomadic to agrarian subsistence, and to provide appropriate health care.

A portion of the proceeds from 'Boheme' go to the Gyoörgy Martin Foundation, which aids in protecting the Rromany (Gypsy) culture of Hungary.

Deep Forest also actively supports the Sana Madagascar Association starting with 'Comparsa'. "The aim of the Sana Madagascar Association is to contribute protecting the environment, to collect instruments and precious recordings in order to allow the Malagasy man to save his culture, his nature and his traditional music."


Mouquet was influenced by his interests in house and techno music.


Nominations in France and the US

*1993: Grammy Awards Best Album - World Music

*1993: MTV Awards Best Video - Sweet Lullaby

*1993: Victoires de la Musique Best Album - World Music

*1993: Victoires de la Musique Best Group of the Year

*1995: World Music Awards Winner - French group with the highest 1995 world sales

*1996: Grammy Awards Winner - Best Album - World Music

*1996: Victoires de la Musique - Best Group of the Year

*1996: Victoires de la Musique - Best Album - World Music



* 1992 – Deep Forest (over 3 millions album sales)

* 1994 – World Mix (re-release of 1992 album)

* 1995 – Boheme (over 4 million album sales)

* 1998 – Comparsa (over 1 million album sales)

* 1999 – Made in Japan (live album, 150 000 copies sold)

* 2000 – Pacifique (soundtrack album)

* 2002 – Music Detected

* 2003 – Essence of Deep Forest (best of, released only in Japan)

* 2004 – Essence of the Forest (best of, three different editions)

* 2004 – Kusa no Ran (soundtrack album, released only in Japan)

* 2008 – Deep Brasil


* 1992 – "Deep Forest" / UK #20

* 1992 – "Sweet Lullaby" /UK #10, U.S. #78 - over 1 million copies sold

* 1992 – "White Whisper"

* 1993 – "Forest Hymn"

* 1994 – "Savana Dance" / UK #28

* 1994 – "Undecided" (collaboration with Youssou N'dour)

* 1995 – "Boheme"

* 1995 – "Boheme" (the remixes)

* 1995 – "Marta's Song" / UK #26 (collaboration with Márta Sebestyén)

* 1995 – "Marta's Song" (the remixes)

* 1996 – "While the Earth Sleeps" (collaboration with Peter Gabriel)

* 1996 – "Bohemian Ballet" (promo)

* 1997 – "Freedom Cry"

* 1997 – "Madazulu"

* 1998 – "Media Luna"

* 1998 – "Noonday Sun"

* 1999 – "Hunting" (Live)

* 1999 – "Sweet Lullaby" (live)

* 2000 – "Pacifique"

* 2002 – "Endangered Species"

* 2002 – "Malo Korrigan"

* 2002 – "Will You Be Ready" (promo)


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