Chantal Dumas: Les Petits Riens

“Les petits riens – mécaniques du quotidien” ; made of sounds from everyday life, the piece by Chantal Dumas operates between the narrative and the musical; les petits riens are the subtle sounds that are too quiet to attract any attention or so usual that we don’t perceive them anymore; these can be parts of microcosms such as the insect world and computerized environments, or reminiscences, fragments of melodies, that play in loops in our brains, and of which we are the only listeners, or sounds from the past which resurface from time to time. Reception for the artist on Friday Jan. 6th 7 – 9 pm.

LISTENING ROOM: Les Petits Riens – Mécaniques du Quotidien

Chantal Dumas
Friday Jan 6 – reception 7 – 9 pm Listening sessions at 7:30 & 8:15 pm
Supported by the Cultural Services of the Québec Government Office in New York
Sat-Sun, Jan 7-8, 3 – 7 pmLes petits riens – mécaniques du quotidien
(33 min) 2009-10
Commission: Deutschlandradio Kultur Hörspiel/Klangkunst

“Les petits riens – mécaniques du quotidien” ; made of sounds from everyday life, the piece operates between the narrative and the musical; les petits riens are the subtle sounds that are too quiet to attract any attention or so usual that we don’t perceive them anymore; these can be parts of microcosms such as the insect world and computerized environments, or reminiscences, fragments of melodies, that play in loops in our brains, and of which we are the only listeners, or sounds from the past which resurface from time to time; like a “curiosity cabinet”, the piece brings together a collection of sound objects with a taste for the incongruous and the original; despite the desire to transfigure the reality of sounds, the piece is primarily motivated by a wish to bring to light the rhythmical poetics of the everyday…

– Prize Bohemia Radio 2010 international competition
Category : Radio art – Sound composition for radio (Czech Republic)
– Best electroacoustic & musique actuelle concert – Province of Quebec
Quebec Council of the music 2010
– Nomination : Concours phonurgia nova (France) – international competition (2010)

Note by Bohemia prize : The jury is convinced, that artist uses high level craft of radio art composition to develop nonlinear multilevel ways of sonic narratives in radio. Her sonic language reflects not only on other well known and established radio genres, but also builds up an alternative way of communicating messages using sound matters, which jury finds to be challenging for standardized programing on contemporary public radio scene. Especially charming was found the way she artistically reveals.

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BIO


Chantal Dumas explores the medium of sound through the production of radiophonic fictions or docu-fictions (Hoerspiel), electroacoustic musics and sound installations. Dumas uses sound to chart a new approach to listening and perception. Combining music, narrative, and real-world sounds, she constructs stories that encourage listeners to establish their own
sense of a narrative. Her work invites listeners on a ramble through various spaces: mental and physical, architectural and urban, natural and cultural.
She has produced over 25 radio pieces. He music and radio works are broadcasted on radios and festivals in Europe, Canada, the USA and the Australia. Her work has received awards. Lately, her work Les petits riens – mécanique du quotidien got: the Prix Bohemia (Czeck Republic) and the Opus Prize for the best electroacoustic concert.In parallel to her musical and radio works, she pursues a research which questions
the relation in between the mobility, the sound, the space and the listener and which presents under the shape of sound installations. Her latest work Le vivant bruit du corps, an interactive immersive sound installation stages two wooden chairs from which a whole sound universe develops. >> http://vimeo.com/21803964

She got commissioned from : Kunstradio (ORF, Austria), DeutschlandRadio Berlin, Hessischer Rundfunk, SFB radio (D), CBC (CDN), silenceradio.org (Bxls/BE), Espace du son Radio-Canada, la RSR Couleur 3 (Swizerland), AVATAR (Qc), radio grenouille (Marseilles/F), Communauté électroacoustique canadienne (CEC), NAISA (Toronto), Open Space Gallery —
(Victoria-BC), Quartier éphémère (Mtl), La Muse en Circuit (Paris/F), Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago/USA).

She is in New York with a 6 month residency from the Quebec Art Council.
www.chantaldumas.org

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