Site-specific Sound Pieces at the Grande Bibliothèque, 2016

(Project Website : HERE)

Listening situation in a chair, in front of the book conveyor, Espace Jeunes, M, Grande Bibliothèque.

7 site-specific sound situations are displayed in and subtly integrated to the common spaces of Quebec national library (Grande Bibliothèque, Montreal, Quebec): between the poetry collection, inside the archive room, at work tables, behind the service counter, etc. By the mean of a site-specific spatialized listening through which fiction (recorded sound interventions by performers) merges with reality (documentary recordings), the listener is immersed in the physical presences of numerous readers, passers-by, employees. The library’s real and potential/imaginative sounds are staged and brought into presence.

Please listen to the video with headphones in order to hear the aproximation of the spatial diffusion.

Listening situation for two, French Poetry, 1st floor, Grande Bibliothèque.

Listening situation and sound device, Platform South, between the 2nd and the 3rd floor, Grande Bibliothèque

Overlooking view of the listening situation, Collection nationale, Grande Bibliothèque.

Listening situation in a chair along the Promenade de l’avenue Savoie, 2nd floor, Grande Bibliothèque.

Listening situation for two at a work table, Collection nationale, 1st floor, Grande Bibliothèque.

9 RaspberryPi 2 and sound cards, puredata/python programming, aluminium and rubber (site-specific fitting system), headphones, infrared sensors. Special thanks to the musicians Damian Nisenson, Ella Wilhelm, and Miranda Nisenson. To Maroussia, Marianne, Theo, Sky, Tiago, and Claire. To Delphine. With the unvaluable help of Alexandre Bérubé. Photo : Paul Litherland and Léna Mill-Reuillard.