Categorie 4 : Semaine du son 2014

•February 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment


To listen to the work showed at ‘ la semaine du son’ click in the photo.

A géométrie variable, né en 2011 à la suite d’un événement – une semaine dédiée à la création radiophonique sur l’antenne de Radio Campus Toulouse. A l’initiative de Christophe Giffard, homme de radio et artiste sonore. Cette première programmation réunit une trentaine d’artistes français et étrangers, musiciens, professionnels. Ce collectif est par la suite, régulièrement activé par Thomas Hatcher, compositeur et sound designer pour le cinéma et François Berchenko artiste et technicien, initiateur du projet Mirada. Sophie Régnier auteur littéraire signe le premier entretien présentant le collectif et sa démarche pour le n°23 de Multiprise. Cédric ALET (graphiste, développeur Web, Avatam) crée le site de Ville Sonore et en compose la musique. Il réalise avec Christophe Giffard l’installation Volumes. (Mapping lumière et son)

D’ateliers en installations, de sessions d’écoutes en résidences et créations collectives, catégorie4 s’interroge sur les postures d’écoutes et pratiques liées aux sons, le rapport entre le lieu et son empreinte sonore, ou encore la frontière entre le bruit et la musique.

Pour cette 11e édition de la Semaine du Son, catégorie4 se propose de réunir et solliciter, structures, artistes et auditeurs dans différents lieux de la région.

Créations, installations, conseils et productions de contenus, ateliers : contact

Sites & Informations supplémentaires :

catégorie4 / Entretien

catégorie4 Archives

installation Volumes


Lima Phonographies PODCAST – Radio Filarmonia 102.7 Fm

•February 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

To listen the show click in the photo.

“In this edition of ‘Cazar Truenos’ we’ll make a journey through the sounds of Lima. Today we present a special program conducted in collaboration with Alberto Sanchez Nue, a sound artist and sound designer.Alberto and I explored the city center to capture the sounds that define it. The result is what we present today: urban soundscapes, atmospheres, interiors and other acoustic explorations of this city and it’s sonic universe”.

En esta edición de Cazar truenos hacemos un recorrido a través de los sonidos de Lima. Hoy presentamos LIMA FONOGRAFÍAS, un programa especial realizado con la colaboración de Alberto Sánchez Nue, artista sonoro y diseñador de sonido. Junto con Alberto salimos a recorrer el centro de la ciudad para capturar esos sonidos que la definen, que la retratan, que están allí. El resultado es lo que hoy presentamos: paisajes sonoros urbanos, ambientes, interiores y demás exploraciones acústicas en esta ciudad y sus universos sonoros. 


Street art by: El Decertor, Lima, Peru.

catégorie4 Semaine de la création sonore et radiophonique – Radio Campus

•May 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

catégorie4 Semaine de la création sonore et radiophonique is a week for artists from everywhere to show their work, from field recordings to improvised music, from talks to sound art listening sessions live from the station. I invite you to come, listen and engage with the ideas, which through sounds, are going to be shown here.

I will be taking part on this event by playing some of my pieces and by joining Vincent on his show ‘Memo’ for a discussion on how these sounds fit into the contemporary context of sound creation.  I encourage you to join us during the week and to keep listening to Radio Campus FM 94.0 Toulouse and through the World Wide Web, for upcoming events.

Langue d’Oc – Capitol Premier

•March 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Short video I did using a voice over I recorded telling a legend in Occitan,  plus some BG’s and SFX  I recorded in the region of Aveyron on the south of France.The ideas was to create a short ethnographic – Sci- Fi piece to register my visits to that region.

The Noise Kills

•March 21, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Los Angeles Times reporter Borzou Daragahi reports from a rooftop in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday as anti-aircraft fire is heard in the background. U.S. and allied forces have launched attacks on air defense targets around Libya in response to a U.N. resolution ordering the Libyan government to halt attacks on its civilians.

March 19, 2011, Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times

Acoustic Archaeology Yielding Mind-Tripping Tricks

•January 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Recently uncovered sound effects include a clapping echo that sounds like a jungle bird.

By Eric Niiler
  • Acoustic archaeology is an emerging field that melds acoustical analysis and old-fashioned bone-hunting.
  • Ancient people created fun house-like temples that featured scary sound effects.
  • Some of the sites were likely built by people who took sensory-altering drugs.

Researchers are uncovering the secrets of ancient civilizations who built fun house-like temples that may have scared the pants off worshipers with scary sound effects, light shows and perhaps drug-induced psychedelic trips.

The emerging field of acoustic archaeology is a marriage of high-tech acoustic analysis and old-fashioned bone-hunting. The results of this scientific collaboration is a new understanding of cultures who used sound effects as entertainment, religion and a form of political control.

Miriam Kolar, a researcher at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research and Acoustics, has been studying the 3,000 year-old Chavin culture in the high plains of Peru. Kolar and her colleagues have been mapping a maze of underground tunnels, drains and hallways in which echoes don’t sound like echoes.

“The structures could be physically disorienting and the acoustic environment is very different than the natural world,” Kolar said. Ancient drawings from the Chavin culture show a people who were fascinated with sensory experiences — ancient hippies if you will.

“The iconography shows people mixed with animal features in altered states of being,” said Kolar, who is presenting her recent work at a conference in Cancun, Mexico this week. “There is peyote and mucus trails out of the nose indicative of people using psychoactive plant substances. They were taking drugs and having a hallucinogenic experience.”

If that wasn’t enough, the mazes at Chavin de Huantar also include air ducts that use sunlight to produce distorted shadows of the maze’s human participants. And sound waves from giant marine shells found in the maze in 2001 may have produced a frequency that actually rattled the eyeballs of those San Pedro cactus-using ancients, Kolar said.

“We consider sound to be important,” said Kolar. “We’ve gathered a lot of data and we’re finally starting to publish it.”

The Chavin de Huantar site in Peru isn’t the only place where sound played an important role. The Mayan rulers at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan also figured out how to use sound for crowd control. David Lubman, an acoustic engineer who has spent the past 12 years studying the Mayan site, says a strange bird-like echo from the Kukulkan temple was actually constructed on purpose.

“It’s sort of spooky,” Lubman said from Irvine, Calif. “It’s not an ordinary echo.”

Lubman’s analysis compared the acoustic soundprint of the quetzal bird, which was revered by Mayans, to the sound of the echo at Chichen Itza. The two sounds matched.

Lublin said the secret is in the acoustic properties of the steep staircase on the temple’s front.

Other new research presented at this week’s Acoustical Society of America conference in Cancun shows that Mayan rulers figured out how to build a public address system in the site’s giant ball court. That allowed kings to address hundreds of warriors and subjects without screaming.

In England, British researchers are using modern tools of acoustics to figure out what drumming noises may have sounded like to ancient visitors to Stonehenge.

Chavin stone art in the shape of a head, housed at the Museo De La Nacion in Lima, Peru. The 3,000 year-old Chavin culture produced tunnels and mazes with eerie sound effects.

Anthropology & Sound – Occitania

•December 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I am currently in the south of France, in the Aveyron, an important department in Occitan history which is part of the the Midi Pyrennees Region }

Occitania is the region in southern Europe where Occitan was historically the main language spoken, and where it is sometimes still used, for the most part as a second language.

This cultural area roughly encompasses the southern half of France, as well as Monaco and smaller parts of Italy and Spain. Occitania has been recognized as a linguistic and cultural concept since the Middle Ages, but it has never been a legal nor a political entity under this name, although the territory was united in Roman times as the Septem Provinciae and the early Middle Ages before the French conquest started in the early 1200s.

I am currently in the region documenting the Occitan culture. I am making recordings in different villages, old factories, and obviously capturing voices and dialogues to get hold of a language that is very rare to hear around and which is apparently extinct. I contacted local people and with their help it’s getting much easier. It is motivating and certainly impressive to discover that this culture is actually alive although masked by a friendly French accent.

The first place I visited was the village of Concas (shell), an amazing little commune surrounded by mountains, this place is part of the ‘ Way of St. James’, surely an important stop to go on a pilgrimage. One of the main sonic characteristics that drew my attention are the echoing sounds that resonate all over the place, this gives a feeling of mysticism that a religious place must have.

Today I will continue to go around the region to get more hidden sounds of the Occitania. I will keep posting them here.