Born in the mid 18th century, cabinets of curiosities are places where "experimental science" and lounge sociability are married; they are the theatre of trials, demonstrations and teaching.
Les Monstrations Inouïes
Composition and artistic direction : Michel Risse
The Monstrations never heard of before
Between a concert-conference, cabinet of curiosities, museographic installation and fairground in and out stands “Les Monstrations Inouïes !” stage and play the most astonishing instruments in the history of the electronic music, since its beginnings.
“These are true stories. They may be parables, but they only mean what they mean because they are true.” Paul Auster.
Theremin's Aetherophone, Gray's Harmonic Telegraph, Cahill's Telharmonium, Martenot's radio-electric waves and the many other extraordinary inventions which followed these visionary instruments are brought together on stage for the first time in a single, completely original musical creation. Certain instruments have been restored while others have been completely reconstituted from documents of the time. This is the case of Gray's Bathtub ( 1874 ) in particular, the very first instrument which was a complete departure from instrumental acoustics, and would give birth to the harmonious telegraph and finally to the telephone.
In this fairground science or cabinet of curiosities atmosphere, on authentic historic instruments, the public discovers the another way of looking at the notion of "Electronic Music " and takes part in the most extravagant orchestra ever presented !
made by Peter Keene.
instrument private collections
Klaus Blasquiz / Musélec.
stage and sound management
light and set design
Nicolas Tauveron et Jean Grison
with the artistic and technical collaboration of Laurent Dailleau, and the musical participation of Bertrand Auger, Jean-Philippe Dartois and – among others – Pierre Sauvageot, Jean-Sébastien Bach, Pierre Vellones…
Le Moulin Fondu
with the help of :
l’ADAMI, de la SACEM et de la région Aquitaine
and the support of :
Chalon dans la Rue.
The history of electronic musical instruments and that of their inventors starts in 1874! For “Monstrations Inouïes!" Décor Sonore has you relive the experience of the first electronic sound ever heard by the human ear!