Project  

History
Project
Participants
Software
An "in situ" project, in context
Recordings, editing, manufacturing of a cd artefact
History  
Section Amour is the spontaneous and official emergence of Evenement! All Stars, the formerly informal union of musical forces gathered around the Mille Milliards/Active Suspension/Clapping Music/Evenement! labels in Paris.
The Evenement All Stars! Collective was never properly elaborated, but was born out of a common desire to propose collective actions whenever possible: this happened many times in the last four years, but was never done with a proper agenda. This all changed in January 2004, when several artists were invited to perform at Vooruit, in Gent, Belgium, for the 3 x 8 hour "Event20" project. Now the people of E! All Stars want to push things a bit further into the field of artistic transversality.
They founded the "Section Amour", based on the interaction between their collective of artists and a computer software: a project of musical improvisation between artists that have played together a great number of times, and know each other very well, and thus want, after having experimented with almost every musical configurations (from laptop computers, improvisation to cheap keyboards, acoustic instruments, voices and guitars) to challenge their own collective creativity, eventually confronting it with further experimentations within the field of visual creation (beheld by musical/visual artists Davide Balula and Mehdi Hercberg).






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Project  
An interactive project between artists and a computer, "Section Amour" confronts free-will and the random indications of the software, a virtual electronic score which delivers more or less precise indications, which are to be projected on a great screen, that is to be viewed by both the musicians and the audience, (indications may appear in the shape of visual material, pics or videos). Every musician is allowed a right to "veto" against either the indication provided by the program, or against the current the improvisation: this "veto" technique is the incarnation of the will of the Section Amour against the machine; and makes it alike a parody of democracy, acting along the random wills of the world it acts upon.
An "in situ" oriented project, Section Amour shall eventually fully unravel with a proper immersion within the specificities of each site of performance (city, language, inhabitants, collaborators...) a few days before the proper performance, in order to collect, gather and elaborate in situ "colors" and indications of improvisation within the memory of the software.
The goal of every residency is the eventual realization of a multimedia/audio souvenir artefact, gathering archives and edits of the material gathered and improvisations performed.






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Participants  
Davide Balula (Davide Balula),
F.P. Clavel (François Pier),
Bertrand Groussard (King Q4),
Mehdi Hercberg (Minifer),
Olivier Lamm (O.Lamm),
Stéphane Laporte (Domotic),
Damien Poncet (My Jazzy Child),
Aurélien Potier (Relpot),
Raphael Seguin (Erich Zahn).

(Core collective, the number of participants may vary)





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Software  
The S.A. software was conceived and tested, step by step, by the musicians themselves, and programmed by Aurélien Potier.
It is a very flexible application, which uses a data bank of indications and parameters which can be of any kind, and which can be very easily modified at will : the two main types of parameters are textual indications, and visual indications (which take the shapes of pictures, photos, video loops, colors, drawings, ...). The parameters cover a wide range of possibilities, from very blur directions, to very precise musical indications, the only systematic factor being framed improvisation.
A hazardous combination of the indications, together with the inspiration of the musicians and the in situ settings, define a totally new sonic configuration for every new session.
An essential feature of the program consists in the use of a right to "veto" against either the indicatio provided by the program, or against the current the improvisation: each participant is provided with a midi-controlling pad, linked to the software, which he triggers whenever he wishes to stop partaking in an improvisation; visually, this is signified onscreen; the improvisation stops when a majority of the participants have "vetoed".
This "veto" technique is the incarnation of the will of the Section Amour against the machine and makes it alike a parody of democracy, acting along the random wills of the world it acts upon.






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An "in situ" project, in context  
As explained here above, the complete databank remains open and will be redefined for each performance; the list can be defined according to thematics or combinations of thematics (architecture of the place, topography, language(s), culture, artistic thematics within possible larger artistic project in case the performance should be incorporated within a precise project), in relation with the place and the condition (setting, time) of the performance. A proper immersion within the specificities of each site of performance (city, language, inhabitants, collaborators...) a few days before the proper performance, should be ideally planned for a proper insitu experience. Such an immersion will ask for the constitution of a proper investigating team, dedicated to visual and/or sonic researches in situ (video and picture captures, field recordings, in chosen places) and aiming at the production of documentary archives and of raw material which will beadded to the site specific parameters as "parameter material" which can be used during the performance itself. All this data can be uploaded within the databank (for instance: if the site is a 5 storey building and the room for performance a round one, the figure 360 can be used as a central parameter; videos of the city can be used as "musical colours", etc...)







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Recordings, editing, manufacturing of a cd artefact  
A proper recording system is needed for the entirety of the session to be recorded (real-time recording with a cd-r player/recorder, on a hard-disk, real-time compacting in MP3 format...). The final task of the artists consists in the re-listening, whether during the sessions themselves (and thus lowering thenumber of participants) or, if there is enough time, after the end of the session, in the editing of chosen extracts, and in the eventual elaboration of a proper artistic proposition in the form of a limited artefact. This "album", complete with a multimedia part presenting archives of the residency, is to be launched and proposed to the public for a very limited time and, possibly, available exclusively to the people of the city wher ethe session takes place, or downloadable directly from the website. In parallel to the musical content of the cd, the artwork of the record should be properly elaborated following the site specific terms presented here above.



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