What did the band Deep Forest contribute to music?

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Deep Forest is composed of two Frenchmen, Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet, who use world music and electronic sounds and dance beats. World music is defined as an ambient musical category that contains an interest in the "culturally exotic"; this term usually includes anything that is non-Western.

The project "Deep Forest" began with Sanchez's hearing of onsight recordings of Pygmies' talking to each other. Ironically, the song "Sweet Lullaby" contains recordings from the Solomon Islands, an area greatly feared by sailors at one time. For their second album entitled Boheme Sanchez and Mouguet traveled to Eastern Europe where they recorded "lonesome Hungarians" and old Gypsy chants. Subsequent albums have diverse ethnic recordings along with instrumental accompaniment from modern and string instruments, electronic sythesizers, primitive instruments, and voiced recordings.

Deep Forest has produced soundtracks for several movies and presentations. Sanchez and Mouquet have been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, 4 Victoires de la Musique Awards, and MTV Best Video Award. 

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