– Le paradis rouge at Shiny Toys –

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Was playing “Le paradis rouge et l’oiseau impossible” for the Shiny toys festival.
Special thanks to Jan, Pharaz and all organization team!
It was such a beautiful festival.

“Le paradis rouge et l’oiseau impossible” is a semi-improvised audio-visual performance that links the movements of the performer to the sound via two handmade theremin instruments. The action of the performer creates electrical field variations depending on the distance and the contact to the two antennas. The circuits are handmade and designed for low-energy use. This single antenna theremin consist of two oscillators, one in constant vibration and the other driven by the capacitance between the antenna and the performer – or the antenna and the environment. The difference between the frequencies of the oscillations gives some audible signal, that, once filtered and plugged into the main patch, provides the unique sound.
The stage is filled with a collection of sound objects, picked up with piezo microphones combined with dedicated preamps. A music box, a zither, two theremins, a midi keyboard and an ipad piano are played during the improvisation, and recomposed by layers of sound effects, activated via the sound software. No sound samples are pre-recorded, all the process is achieved in real time with direct sound feedbacks. The soundscape is poetic and fragmented of errors and uncontrolled sonic accidents.

Performance, concept and projection by AudeRrose
Theremin, preamp and photography by Brent Sqar
Photography video documentation and technical assistance by Pharaz Azimi