Sound sculptures in phonolite from Auvergne.

This sculpture is an invitation to explore the sounds of the mineral realm. A symbol of timelessness, rock – believed dense, heavy and inert – actually sings! Clear, crystalline and silky-smooth. Dark, rugged or veiled.


The audience is given the opportunity to explore, alone or in group, the wealth of timbres held in a number of musical sculptures and lithophones, fashioned by Pierre Esteve.

Rock – struck, scratched or stroked – interacts with anyone willing to play with it, ready to become an instrument of times past, or an avantgarde generator of sound.


The computer-assisted “enhanced lithophone” harmonises a whole set of rocks with an interactive composition made from lithic sounds. The performer is no longer playing alone: the computer responds to his musical suggestions, and a dialogue, heard quadriphonically, sets in between them. It is then that, in response to this ephemeral play in the present, a distant echo may ring out – that of a melody, of infinite and eternal beauty. That of the universe, when it sings…

2009

ROC GONGS

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