Hertzian acousmonium

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NETWORKED RADIOPHONIC PERFORMANCE

Location: Centre National de la Danse (CND), 1 Rue Victor Hugo, 93500 Pantin, France

Frequency: 108.0 MHz

26 July 2014, 18H-20H

"Through a composition of different vectors of radiophonic transmission, sounds will collide and resonate deploying themselves in the vertiginous brutalist architecture of the CND and its irregular spaces, playing radio waves in a form of an hertzian acousmonium troubled by the concrete structures. All frequencies will cross the static fields of reclusive ghosts confined in the corners of the asymmetrical staircase of the Atrium, eluding the complex tridimensional surfaces of the building. Long ago an administrative center, the echoes of footsteps going down the staircase, rumbles of frustrated voices and the fatal falls are still resonating; the sliding of the children concrete skaters following their deceived or received parents down the way are still there. The use of radio transmissions will invoke all these memories, inviting them to resurge."

HERTZIAN SOUND SYSTEM

10 radio broadcast points set in the whole building

  • 9 ∏-Boxes set in the four floors of the CND
    • 2 in the ground floor (eastern corner, lounge)
    • 3 in the first floor (eastern corner, center stairs, western corner)
    • 3 in the second floor (eastern corner, center stairs, western corner)
    • 1 in the third floor (eastern corner)
  • 1 8W FM transmitter, third floor (western corner)

each point is equiped with a fixed radio

STUDIO

all musicians plays in the studio; all mixtables are connected directly to one ∏-Boxes, through 9 separate streams; one table direct to the 8W transmitter;

AUDIENCE

The audience is invited to hunt for tranmissions, walking in the different floors of the building with a small radio.

SCORE

  • Time A: 9 musician on 9 emitters. fixed radios are silent, audience create the sound.
  • Time B: Fixed radios are ON. Musicians change their locations
  • Time C: All radios on, all streams change randomly their locations.
  • Time D: 8W emitter begins to take over all streams.

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