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research project by the Aubervillers Laboratories, an art space in
Paris, the Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word is the fruit of work by an
extremely active research group in the Paris region which brings
together a dozen artists. This project is aimed at an all-embracing
overview of the diversity of oral forms of expression, in encyclopaedic
form: poetry, performance, theater, readings, film dialogue, everyday
conversation, interviews, testimonial, stories, rap, recitativo,
ethnographic documents, political, religious, legal and academic
discourse, testimony, dance, yoga and gymnastic lessons, military and
sports instruction, hypnosis, litany, prayer, ceremonies, television
news, editorial, sports, storytelling, reporting, sales pitches,
advertising, auctions, vocal synthesizers. |
“The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word's first year, September 2007 to June 2008, consisted of monthly “listening sessions” in which participants were exposed to a wide variety of sound bites assembled by a rotating group of "collectors" and mixed live by a DJ or sound designer. Each session hinged on a different aspect of the spoken word: pacing, social context, repetition, timbre, and intention.
The resulting blends were never based on the semantic content of the source material, or on categories like genre, discipline, or origin, but on minute similarities and formal parallels the project thought fit to reveal. Not only did this give collectors a basis for sifting through their sound libraries, it gave the listener a set of predetermined criteria with which to listen to each offering.”
In December 2009 the artists group performed at the “Les Urbaines” Festival in Lausanne. The term “indexation”, selected for the performance, was interpreted in the form of a conference, followed by an audio piece by the composer Pierre-Yves Macé.
Electronics: Pierre-Yves Macé
Music producer: Eric Lavanchy
Sound engineer: Blaise Favre
Production assistant: Malou Munch
Encyclopédie de la Parole