Ircam on the Nuit Blanche 2016

Nuit Blanche 2016 : sound procession by Zad Moultaka in the Tuileries Tunnel  

Open to the northern bank of the Seine in 1967, 831 meters long, the tunnel des Tuileries will become silent, open to pedestrian traffic in 2017. To celebrate this passage of time and the transformation of a major traffic artery into a contemporary cavern, Zad Moultaka went down into the Grotte Chauvet alongside scientists from IRCAM. The Grotte Chauvet is the oldest-know cave painted by Homo sapiens; the group observed paintings of horses and lions, listened to its silence, and brought back a few sound imprints from a few locations under the rocks. Just like the water spirits and the caves reveal profound mysteries to Pholiphius, the underground initiation ritual imagined by the Franco-Lebanese artist weaves together a post-historic chorus of nearly 100 singers—professionals and amateurs—with loudspeakers that diffuse sounds of the earth and of water—draining, dripping, and cracking—creating the sensation of a moving earthly material. The music sucks the visitor into the center of the belly of Paris.

Electronics created in the IRCAM studios
Jérémie HenrotSylvain Cadars IRCAM Sound Engineers


Zad Moultaka will propose his création  UM SOUVERAIN MOTEUR DE TOUTE CHOSE, An Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Ile de France, TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine coproduction. Friday October 7  8h30 p.m. in Théâtre Jean Vilar of  Vitry sur Seine. More informations