DELTA 52

Sound Art / 2014

Tanya St-Pierre & Philippe-Aubert Gauthier

 

A piece composed by T. St-Pierre and P.-A. Gauthier for a participatory sonic taxi ambulation curated by Saout Radio (Younes Baba-Ali & Anna Raimondo) for the 5th Marrakech Biennal.

 

You can here the piece via Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/philippe-aubert-gauthier/delta-52-by-philippe-aubert-gauthier-and-tanya-st-pierre?fb_action_ids=10153795554732147&fb_action_types=soundcloud%3Apublish

 

 

Context:

 

Saout Radio (Younes Baba-Ali & Anna Raimondo)

here. now. where?
A participatory sonic taxi ambulation curated by Saout Radio, at the 5th Biennale of Marrakech.

here, now, where? is an urban sonic journey, initiated by the artists Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo for Saout Radio- a platform of sound and radio art. Upon Saout Radio’s invitation and following an international open call receiving more than 300 applications, a collection of 97 sonic works has been selected by a jury of field experts.

These works, employing different sensibilities, languages and formats, are being broadcast in eight local taxis. The taxi drivers act as mediators between the works and the audience.

here, now, where? invites taxi passengers to experience the city through a set of sounds coming from all over the world. The project requires the participation of the audience through discovering their own environment in an alternative way.

In resonance with Henri Lefebvre’s “right to the city“ and the Biennial’s theme of “Where are we now?“, Saout Radio raises the question of the delocalization in the present moment through the experience of listening.

The project questions the sonic transposition and translation of real or imaginary places, making the notion of the soundscape open to a new range of possibilities. Going beyond Raymond Murray Shafer’s definition of soundscape, which corresponds to a ‘specific sound environment’, we embrace the idea that a soundscape is also able to sonically recreate mental and imaginary settings, rather than solely physical or real places.

The selection consists of various formats and approaches: phonographies, field recordings, song collections, sonic compositions, sound poems, slam, radio art, alternative narratives, vocal experimentations, nocturnal sounds, and more.

here, now, where? offers a listening-time, made exclusively for each taxi, evoking physical places, but also builds and engenders landscapes which do not exist on geographical maps.

Saout Radio is a web-radio and also a platform. It was first created with the intention of exploring and promoting radiophonic and sonic art practices in the artistic scenes of the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle-East. Founded in Morocco, in 2012 by the artists Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo, this platform is meant to be an artistic, and pedagogical space which aims to promote a south-south dialogue within the artistic radiophonic practices. Saout Radio is a sonic window and a space for new creations (soundscapes, radio art, documentaries, experimental music, slam, etc.) from all over the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle-East, intended to be broadcasted throughout Fm radios but also exposed in art institutions, galleries or independent spaces of exhibition. Excluding visa or borderland issues, these proposals will travel through Arabic and African countries and, also, across the European continent. For example, Saout Radio proposed in November 2012 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the listening session “Moroccan mix”, presenting a panorama of contemporary audible art from Morocco by inviting 11 artists from different disciplines and generations. The same selection had been diffused in different places at San Paulo Biennial, on Mobile Radio Bsp; in Brussels, at the art center “La Centrale-for contemporary art” and other venues. Saout Radio also offers an initiation to sonic alphabetization and experimentation designed for different audiences and structures, through specific workshops, mobile listening devices and listening sessions.

 

Description du projet Delta 52

 

Décembre 2013, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. Frappé de vagues de froids sans précédent, flirtant avec les -31 degrés Celcius, décembre 2013 aura aussi été un mois de chutes de neige remarquables et exceptionnelles pour ce temps l'année alors marqué par des contrastes météorologiques vascillant entre pluie, verglas et anticyclone polaire. Vascillations, oscillations, ondulations climatiques de plus en plus rapprochées dans le temps, plus rapides. De pareils grands froids altèrent texture et tactilité de la neige, de la glace qui, sous les pas des marcheurs, produisent une sonorité caractéristique dont la tonalité, voire le timbre, peut, à l'oreille être liée à la quantité de froid et marque bruyamment notre climat. Le bruissement des flocons de neige au sol est non sans rappeller la nature granulaire de ces flocons et dentrites durçis par le froid. Delta 52 de Tanya St-Pierre Philippe-Aubert Gauthier se fonde sur l'enregistrement sonore d'un seul de ces pas sur la neige glacée à -31 degrés Celcius en décembre 2013. Pour Ici, Maintenant, Où?, cet enregistrement, revisité par micro-fragmentation lors d'une improvisation libre et bruitiste avec des synthétiseurs modulaires, trouve sa portée conceptuelle dans sa relocasition dans un environnement dont le climat vascille autours des 28 degrés Celcius au moins d'avril. Avril 2014, Marrakech, Maroc. Entendez-vous le froid? Connaissez-vous le son du froid? Nous ne sommes jamais allé au Maroc et nous n'en connaissons pas les chaudes sonorités … en théorie, Delta 52 serait le différentiel de température entre Sherbrooke en décembre 2013 et les températures moyennes de Marrakech en avril 2014.

© Tanya St-Pierre & Philippe-Aubert Gauthier

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