Multimedia artist Jean-David Caillouet. Picture courtesy of the artist
Musician Jean-David Caillouet carried out with French and Vietnamese artists to shut the European Music Competition on November 30 in Hà Nội.
The efficiency was a multimedia live performance entitled Lettres De Hanoi (Letters from Hà Nội).
Việt Nam Information reporter Nguyễn Thúy Bình interviews Caillouet concerning the efficiency and multimedia live shows.
How did you symbolize French musicians on the European Music Competition?
As a French musician primarily based in Thailand and travelling so much all through Southeast Asia, I introduced my very own European notion and sensibility to this pageant but additionally an total understanding of a few of the historical past that characterises the area.
There have been additionally two different French musicians taking part at live performance bringing their very own tradition and musical sensibility.
This venture was initiated by Lương Huệ Trinh and Emmanuel Labrande.
They needed to create an occasion which might deliver new music to a large viewers.
Labrande additionally advised the theme for the present and gave us the e book on which we primarily based our compositions.
What did you carry out on the live performance?
The efficiency was primarily based on a sequence of reflections and observations written by Jean Tardieu in 1928 whereas he was doing his navy service in Việt Nam.
He describes in nice element the impressions Việt Nam had on him on the time in addition to the ambiguous relationships and interconnections occurring within the context of French colonial Indochina.
Might you inform us about musical items composed for the live performance?
There have been many forms of compositions on the live performance that are all related collectively by way of a thematic thread.
The eight items every movement into each other all through the 60 minutes, combining spoken phrases, figurative archival movies in addition to summary visuals, acoustic music and digital music, notated passages and improvisations.
I collaborated with Vietnamese musicians final July and SơnX and Lương Huệ Trinh in the previous few years.
What’s the position of multimedia live performance?
Our lives are multi-sensory and our life experiences are perceived by way of not solely our ears however our eyes and contact, and so on.
It makes a number of sense to mix varied media to specific inventive concepts. After we go to the cinema we already expertise an inventive multimedia expertise the place sound, music and pictures are all mixed collectively to specific a story and a sequence of subtly reconstructed experiences.
It makes a number of sense in the present day for music live shows to transcend the restrictions of absolute music when the content material or imaginative and prescient is suitable.
In lots of musical cultures world wide, the concept of music being disconnected from a visible expertise did not actually ever exist earlier than. We might at all times have music as intrinsically related to a theatrical set, costumes, dance, and so on.
How was the multimedia live performance acquired by the viewers?
I’ve been engaged on many performances combining varied modes of notion.
Not too long ago I’ve been engaged on a sequence of ‘performance-documentaries’ the place the viewers is watching a documentary, listening to a live performance, studying info about life, reflecting on philosophical points and having fun with a mixture of musical aesthetics all on the identical time.
I believe everybody at all times perceives a live performance barely otherwise and that’s in all probability much more the case for a live performance which has a wider set of aesthetic parameters like a ‘multimedia’ live performance.
After I design a multimedia present the content material tends to be dictated by the themes chosen.
Connecting sounds to photographs provides an artist many alternatives to take the viewers by way of a journey. The unconscious thoughts might be triggered by way of the eyes and the ears.
By means of the doable audio visible juxtapositions that may create metaphors and even poetic meanings. Silence might be very highly effective when one makes use of sound.
The absence of picture might be very dramatic if you use movie. Usually audiences reply very enthusiastically to those experiences.
I additionally consider that curating a present with many dimensions may help new audiences take pleasure in musical aesthetics they’d usually discover obscure.
What does a multimedia artist must be profitable?
Eyes and ears expertise life. A multimedia artist must be receptive to life experiences. Clearly they must study some strategies and develop their visible sense in addition to their musical/ sonic senses.
Understanding what they’re making an attempt to say and make use of a language which mixes each oral and visible experiences.
It typically is like constructing a mosaic or a puzzle making a script the place varied parts drive the narrative.
Right this moment, we regularly use digital instruments to edit, course of and set off these parts so it’s clearly necessary to learn to develop into fluent with these instruments.
I typically improvise purely with photos, or portray partitions with projectors in response to stay music. I make music in response to visible and I study to specific photos by way of sound.