Installation

Au creux de la pierre

WITH

Sonia Wieder-Atherton (conception, cello)
Alain Français (sound design)
Sarah Moon (images)

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ABOUT US

SOUND INSTALLATION - BACH'S 5TH SUITE FOR CELLO

We spent a week at Montmajour Abbey. In the different spaces, I played. We listened to the acoustics carrying the phrases, marrying the timbres.

At the end of this search, each movement had found its own space… So we settled down, and movement by movement, we recorded, from where the sound would later be broadcast.

For this work, the most dramatic of Bach’s six suites, Alain Français chose to restore a sound inhabited by the physical presence of the performer. Perhaps we could say, like a sound hologram, or like the imprint of my presence…. A sound whose center you can feel by standing where I was sitting, or by circling around the speakers, but also by moving away, playing with the different acoustics of the space.

The hypnotic movement of Sarah Moon’s images will submerge the Sarabande, the centerpiece of the Suite, from the waves. Perhaps to remind us that the abbey was once surrounded by water…

We invite you to experience this freedom of listening, as if you were the actors in a theatrical performance of sound. I’ve devised this journey in 3 parts that will punctuate your visit to the Abbey.

IN THE DIFFERENT SPACES, I PLAYED. WE LISTENED TO THE ACOUSTICS CARRY THE PHRASES, MARRY THE TIMBRES.”

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credits & thanks

CONCEPTION & CELLO

Sonia Wieder-Atherton, assisted by Quentin Balpe

SOUND DESIGN

Alain Français, assisted by Thomas Fourny

IMAGES

Sarah Moon

PRODUCTION

Walter Films

PHOTOS

Quentin Balpe

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

Preferably®.

New release

BACH: Cello Suites Nos. 3 & 4

“It’s a question of digging into the string until the phrase is born, along with its right breath. A sentence in perpetual becoming. It never stops being made and remade. I waited a long time to record them. And then one day, or rather one night, I began.”