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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Street Music, for plugged viola

Jean-Luc Fafchamps

HD, color, 16:9, no dialogue, BE, 2014, 31’

In 2009, at the request of viola player Vincent Royer, Jean-Luc Fafchamps wrote Street Music, for plugged viola. The piece, designed to be performed in a public place, uses “pop” electronics (loop effects pedals, guitar amp) to play hide and seek with the atmospheres and sounds of the city. When the Sub Rosa label decided to release the music, it quickly became apparent that a simple audio recording would suffer from the lack of visual and sonic context : the city, passers-by,…

Jean-Luc Fafchamps thus asked Manon de Boer, with whom he had collaborated on Two Times 4’33 to make a film with the piece. The elements of this recording are minimal, like the music piece which consists in very simple loops gradually accumulated : a camera running on a tripod in a slow 360° pan, as well as inserted hand-held shots. This is the result of the recording of a contextual project : Street Music, for plugged viola by Vincent Royer, June 30 2013, in the afternoon, Mont-des-Arts (Brussels).

Composer Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Violist Vincent Royer
Director Manon de Boer
Cinematography Sébastien Koeppel

Sound recording & mastering Alexandre Fostier
Editing Manon de Boer
Sound editing Jean-Luc Fafchamps & Alexandre Fostier
Produced by Auguste Orts

Co-produced by Sub Rosa
With the support of the Flemish authorities, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Administration générale de la Culture, Service de la Musique) & LUCA School of Arts

Street Music, for plugged viola has been on display at the following locations:

Maison du Peuple Brussel, (BE) Thursday, Jun 18 2015