Décor Sonore

Urbaphonix

Artistic direction : Michel Risse

2012 CREATION
Without a word, all of a sudden, a moving five-person crew enters into the soundscape. These explorers play, live and on-site, with the technology, sounds, objects, and people they encounter.

Without a word, all of a sudden, a moving five-person crew enters into the soundscape. These explorers play, live and on-site, with the technology, sounds, objects, and people they encounter.

Sorts of “Street-Jockeys,” without turntables or synthesizers, the musicians of Urbaphonix listen to their sonic surroundings and compose using only what is already all around us but what no one listens to: the mechanical sounds of traffic, the hums of heating ducts and air conditioning vents, bodies, conversations, and, especially, urban furnishings, which serve both as the stage and as a limitless source of instruments for this instant theater.  In order to create something never heard before, unpredictable, and enchanting, their talent lies in their ability to make us hear what is already there, but what no one noticed, because no one thought to listen.

Disciples of Luigi Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer and Murray Schafer, they faithfully apply John Cage’s advice: “If a sound disturbs you, listen to it!”

Gallery

Photo : Vincent Vanhecke - contact@assisdebout.com Photo : Vincent Vanhecke - contact@assisdebout.com Photo : Vincent Vanhecke - contact@assisdebout.com Photo : Amandine Brignoli Photo : Vincent Vanhecke - contact@assisdebout.com Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Vincent Muteau Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nolwenn Semana Photo : Amandine Brignoli Photo : Nathalie Dona Photo : Amandine Brignoli Photo : Julie Tosatto Photo : La Strada - Die Organization Photo : La Strada - Die Organization Photo : La Strada - Die Organization Photo : Julie Tosatto Photo : VIncent Muteau Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Nikola Milatovic Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse Photo : Anne Rouchouse

Videos

Official video URBAPHONIX [ENGLISH]

URBAPHONIX | Un espectáculo de la compañía Décor Sonore [SPANISH]

《城市音效》- 中字版 | URBAPHONIX - Chinese subtitles [CHINESE]

Team

Artistic direction:
Michel Risse

With:
Jérôme Bossard
Damien Boutonnet
Gonzalo Campo
Stéphane Marin
Emeric Renard
Gaëlle Salomon

Technical direction
Renaud Biri

Staging collaboration
Martine Rateau

Costumes
Fabienne Desfleches

Construction
Achil Bras

Mentions

Partners:

Ministère de la culture et de la communication - DGCA
SPEDIDAM
ADAMI
Le Moulin Fondu - Centre National des Arts de la Rue - Noisy-Le-Sec.
L’Abattoir - Centre National des Arts de la Rue - Chalon-sur-Saône.
Caisse centrale d’activités sociales du personnel des industries électrique et gazière.
La Paperie - Centre National des Arts de la Rue - Saint-Barthélemy d’Anjou.
Coopérative de rue et de cirque - Paris.
Le Parapluie - Centre National des Arts de la Rue - Aurillac
Le Printemps des Rues - Street art festival - Paris
 

Résidences :

Le Moulin Fondu - Centre National des Arts de la Rue à Noisy-Le-Sec.
L’Abattoir - Centre National des Arts de la Rue à Chalon-sur-Saône.
CCAS - Caisse centrale d’activités sociales du personnel des industries électrique et gazière.
La Paperie - Centre National des Arts de la Rue à Saint-Barthélemy d’Anjou.
2r2c - Coopérative de rue et de cirque à Paris.


Thanks to La Strada/Die Organisation for their support.
Thanks to Hannah Lubin for the translation in english; Ofelia ramirez for the translation in spanish; TANG Qifor the translation in chinese.

Illustration (cover):
Michel Lagarde

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Tuning the city

Let’s go out ! Let’s walk together through a great modern capital, with the ear more attentive than the eye, and we will vary the pleasures of our sensibilities by distinguishing among the gurglings of water, air and gas inside metallic pipes, the rumblings and rattlings of engines breathing with obvious animal spirits, the rising and falling of pistons, the stridency of mechanical saws, the loud jumping of trolleys on their rails, the snapping of whips, the whipping of flags. We will have fun imagining our orchestration of department stores’ sliding doors, the hubbub of the crowds, the different roars of railroad stations, iron foundries, textile mills, printing houses, power plants and subways.
Luigi Russolo, The art of noises (1913)

Meeting the public

Urbaphonix slides continuously, appears and disappears where we least expect it.

The sound system

The specific sound system is developed by the company in collaboration with research laboratories in acoustics, audiophiles and experts in sound amplification.

Urban instrumentarium

Materials and surfaces.

Inspiration sources, tools & concepts

Urbaphonix carries on exploring concepts and tools already developed over the past productions and collaborations, as well as other contemporary contextual and public art forms.

Performances’ schedule