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4 sites artificially contructed urban space:
1) Night works on the Railway at Bercy Station
2) Small electric train in Bercy Station
3) Harbour sound
4) Le Bourget’s Air Meeting
4 sites of "unspoiled nature"
3) Aquatic insect 1
4) Aquatic insect 2 (decelerator) (2 extracts)
I have chosen to make you listen to my daily sound environment
in sample 1, 2 and the video, as I’m living close to a railway
As previously seen with the curator the composition is not made with the picture’s datas turned in midi files but the 2 first minutes call “nolisation des travaux” is a stereo recording with 2 magnetic pick-ups of the activity of my computer in reading several times the video. The following 17 minutes “die Stadt von Lärm” is a composition based on the exposed field recording, added to some analogical noise from microphone has the charge up and down of the condenser of the microphone as it is analogue to the deceleration of the insects and of the planes.
Tools : all the recordings are made with some Neumann Km 184
except some planes with X-Y couple of dynamics AKG D 58E and the
insects mainly with piezzo contact mics and not so much hydrophones
(has it was just for
Some thoughts on the question of “unspoiled nature” and determination/limitation of the sites.
The project is based on the exploration of big European cities and the topic is split in two parts: “artificially constructed urban space” and “unspoiled nature”. The first part of this is easy but the second is quiet astonishing. It is very difficult to speak about nature and perhaps even pervert about such cities where everything has been built and rebuilt by humans since 2000 years. Even if I was thinking that the task was impossible, I have tried to answer to the topic.
How to find some nature in Paris, in the parks? They are
totally built up and continuously gardened. The river Seine? It is
totally polluted and especially polluted in the point of view of sound
with the boats that carry tourists. Can we consider the plants, the
animals, mammals, birds, even insects as part of the nature? The plants
that grow spontaneously in Paris are not natural plants, but only
pioneer or ruderal plants as the buddleia that invade Europe since the
eighties (coming from Vietnam). The pets are obviously not nature but
can we tell that the animals that live without the help of the humans
as part of “unspoiled nature”. No! This kind of animals as
rats, mousses, termites or ants are called “comensals” in
this sense that if they live independently from humans, they take their
food from human activities and they are indirectly helped by humans (by
example the termites that has came by boat in some wood coming from
But by chance I can answer a little to the topic.
Speaking with a naturalist we have understand that the
“Bois de Vincennes” is a quiet preserved area. This place
is not a place of “unspoiled nature”, it is an artificially
built preserved area. Some part of this park has been built on some
farm and buildings, we can find some remains of wall in some part. This
wood belongs to the nation since years, since the time of kings that
were using it as a place for hunting, close to the king castle. This
park is now a kind of wood devoted to promenade more than to the
production of wood. Too much people walk here and no “good”
wood can grow for the industry and they died from age, they are let
down and fall in decay giving food to mushrooms and insects and these
become some good food for birds. This wood is also preserved because it
is not surround by agriculture and so preserved from pesticides.
The various recordings of storm, waterfall and various types
of insects and freshwater snail (eating some plants) (sample 1 to 4)
are located in the same area along less than 200m of an artificial
brook in “Bois de Vincennes”. One location was enough and
that was perhaps the only location possible in Paris with its twin park
“Bois de Boulogne” and enough interesting to show you the
various aspect of this rare place.
Brook close to the Route des Batteries: