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'Spoken Wor(l)d is a powerful musical journey that’s littered with fragmented images, blurry conversations and immaculate melodies that illuminate every track with a gratifying sense of wonder and intrigue. (...)
Quite simply, this is a must have.'
(Alex Jasperse, Muse's Muse)
- Muse's Muse

'The dialect world calls the melodic contours of a language "prosody", and it's obvious that Phileas has tapped into this idea and extended it via his electronic studio. The music is clever, catchy and, frankly, groovy.' (Jeremy Fisher, Singing Coach) - Jeremy Fisher

‘Phileas has composed a conceptual album that works as a Babelic soundtrack. (...) Roger Velasquez makes anyone believe that it is possible to imagine a world without frontiers.'
(Ángel Paez. La República, 13/08/08) - Diario La Republica, Peru

(‘Spoken Wor(l)d’)... A sophisticated exercise of dance electronic in which different voice samples in undeciphering languages have been cut, distorted, and used as a decor for a rich digital tissue, filled with exuberant hedonism'
(Óscar García, Somos, 09/08/08)

Somos is the most read magazine of the country.
- Revista Somos, Peru.

Electronic music is an expression of one's soul. Our next interview definitely fits this definition with his unique brand of music. Phileas is taking music to a new level with his Spoken Wor(l)d project that will sure to delight new and old fans all over the world. -


"SPOKEN WOR(L)D" (2008)

(La version en francais est disponible en PDF en cliquant sur BASIC REQ. coin supérieur droit du EPK)

Music is communication, the ultimate universal language. Now imagine creating music using more than thirty of other human languages.

That is exactly what Phileas has done on ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ (Nominated Album of the Year in the 8th. IMAs), his debut solo album. Taking his name from one of the most famous fictional travellers the world has ever known, Phileas himself spent three years wandering the globe collecting voice samples.

The theory behind this unique concept is that music unifies all these diverse voices. And while this might sound a little high-minded, Phileas’ music is still firmly rooted in fun: ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ is not only a highly entertaining electro-pop record, but also a seductive call for a liberating session on the dancefloor.

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Phileas has been experimenting with human speech for 10 years, since working for LOT, a Peruvian theatre company that focused on spoken word performances. However, what makes his music different is that the voice is used just as others might use an instrument: the meaning of the words is less important than the sound that they make.

Phileas’ infectious, foot-tapping brand of dance oozes the kind of soulful feel so often lacking in this genre. So many voices, all speaking their own language, but somehow brought together to sound as one, guide the listener through a colourful journey filled with excitement and joy.

As Phileas himself says, ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ is more than a record: “It is a positive message about the diversity and similarity of the people of this world”. ‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ was nominated Best Dance Electronica Album '08 in the 8th Independent Music Awards (NJ, USA) and was selected by the UNESCO for taking part in the celebration of the International Year of Languages.

‘Spoken Wor(l)d’ was released commercially on July, 2008.

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Roger Velasquez, a.k.a. PHILEAS, is a France-based Peruvian electronic music artist and researcher. In 2008 he produced 'Spoken Wor(l)d', which won the Vox Populi Poll for Best Dance/Electronica Album 2008 in the 8th Independent Music Awards (NJ, USA). PHILEAS’ album was also selected by the UNESCO in 2008 for the celebration of the International Year of Languages. His music has been airplayed in the U.S.A., Peru and Spain. He has played live in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, France and Germany.

Roger Vélasquez alias PHILEAS, artiste de musique électronique et rechercheur, dévoile en 2008 « Spoken Wor(l)d », un album électro-pop qui célèbre la diversité humaine à travers de la parole et le langage. EN 2009 « Spoken Wor(l)d » gagne le Prix Vox Populi en tant que « Meilleur Album Dance/Electronica » dans les 8èmes. Independent Music Awards (NJ, Etats Unis) et participe en partenariat avec l’UNESCO dans les célébrations pour l’Année Internationale des Langues. La musique de PHILEAS à été diffusé à la radio aux Etats Unis, l’Espagne et le Pérou. Sa musique a été ecouté en directe au Pérou, en Colombie, en Brésil, en Allemagne et en France.