Décor Sonore

The Cloudspeakers

New production for public spaces.

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The Cloudspeakers (Le Son qui vient du Ciel)

A site-specific sound installation

The Cloudspeakers spread a rumor in the city: the urban space becomes inhabited by elusive sounds which seem to flee through streets and squares, emerge from facades, merge and disappear into the existing soundscape. Played through very high (c)loudspeakers (installed on high spots such as skyscrapers, cranes, etc), the sound creation is always site-specific, composed from field recordings, with the participation of residents.

Residencies and performances:

2019

- Encausse-les-Thermes, 2 weeks

- Aubervilliers, 2 weeks

- Saint-Denis, 1 week

- Cergy, 2 weeks 

- Paris, 1 week

2020

- Paris, 3 weeks

- WORLD PREMIERE: Cierp-Gaud, 1 week

2021

- Nanterre, 1 week 

- Châtillon, 1 week

- Malakoff, 1 week 

- Bagneux, 1 week

- Chalon-sur-Saône, 1 week

> Pictures of the previous residencies

Videos

Team

Artistic Director: Michel Risse
Production Manager: Renaud Biri
Sound catchers: Julien Pillet and Marie-Lys Polchlopeck
Video: Vincent Muteau
IT development: Grégory Joubert
Artistic collaborations: Ema Drouin and Mark Etc
Executive Production: Léa Granados
Booking, Marketing & Social Media: Camille Cheminet
Graphic creation: batphil

Mentions

This project has received the support of : CNAREP Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne, CNAREP Les Ateliers Frappaz, Festival Cergy, Soit !, Communauté de Communes de Cergy-Pontoise, CRR d'Aubervilliers-La Courneuve, GMEM - CNCM de Marseille, Le 6B, Art'R - Lieu de fabrique itinérant pour les arts de la rue à Paris, le 104-Paris, UNESCO's Week of Sound, International Year of Sound 2020, Sorbonne Université, NEXO, Immobilière 3F.

With financial help from the Paris Region, the French Ministry of Culture and the CNC.

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Intentions and creation process

The Cloudspeakers is a work on soundscape. Most of the time city noises are lived and suffered as a pollution. Here, they are considered as a sort of compost on which the composer acts like an acoustic gardener. In other words, it's about introducing new sonic species, inventing acoustic landmarks, creating key notes and convergence lines instead of trying to mask the city vibrations by other sounds or claiming to reduce it to silence.