Geek — Bagatelles A participatory work FOR SMARTPHONES AND ORCHESTRA
by Bernard Cavanna for the european project “ONE ® IS MORE”, the european network for orchestras, COORDINATED BY ORCHESTRE DE PICARDIE and supported by the creative Europe programme.
This app allows whoever wants to perform the piece for Smartphones written by the French composer Bernard Cavanna to participate in many concerts in Europe along with different orchestras.
The music is inspired from Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and is using different quotation of the original work.
The originality of the concept is to engage the audience in an instantaneous creation, without prior rehearsals or special musical skill. This is the movement of phones that generate sounds and not a “strumming” on the screen. By becoming a “player” of a musical piece, participants will experience the sensation of being musicians.
The Smartfaust technological platform
The project is based on the Faust programming language (http://faust.grame.fr). Faust (Functional Audio Stream) is a DSL (Domain Specific Language), a high-level programming language designed specifically for the development of digital audio applications in real time. Developed by Grame research laboratory since 2002, Faust is the subject of various international scientific collaborations, through several research projects.
A participatory artistic challenge
With their personal smartphones and having downloaded the app, everybody can interact in harmony with this musical and artistic Europea, programme. This concept offers an infinite range of possibilities, still leaving a large place for research and artistic creation on all levels: sound, visual, design, architectural, sound ecology,social behaviour... This must be viewed as a new garden of the post-digital era.
Sound Design Bernard Cavanna
Concept & Development Christophe Lebreton
Faust programming language Yann Orlarey
Faust compilation for smartphone Stéphane Letz —
Commission Grame / Orchestre de Picardie Production Grame / Orchestre de Picardie / ONE® Residency Grame, in collaboration with UCA - University for the Creative Arts Canterbury
Orchestre de Picardie (France), Jenaer Philharmonie (Germany), Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina (Slovakia), RTV Slo Symphony Orchestra (Slovenia), Filharmonia Slaska (Poland), B. Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria) and University for the Creative Arts – UCA (UK).
The partnership will also rely on the involvement of 22 associated organizations from 8 European countries and further (China – Mexico).The ONE® network receives the support of the Executive Agency of the European Commission, that of each of their members and their funding partners among which the Région Hauts-de-France | Nord Pas de Calais - Picardie.