Rentre & Sors | Cocoon | Clair Obscur | Acoustic Cameras | Commissioned Work
Christophe Demarthe is a composer and sound designer based in Paris. He began his career as co-founder and singer of Clair Obscur, one of the first bands to have worked, at the dawn of the 80’s in France, on bringing together music, visual arts, dance and theater. From the 90’s onwards, he continued this work at the frontier of sound and visual arts, creating music and sound architecture for theater and dance (Annie Dorsen, Anne Juren, Bruno Lajara, Agata Maszkiewicz, Superamas), visual arts (ABM Studio, Pierre Beloüin, Ludovic Chemarin©, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Bruno Pocheron, Ultralab), film (Canal +, France 2, France 3, Gobelins), radio (Jean Couturier, France Culture) and luxury (Louis Vuitton). In 2004, he created the solo project Cocoon which continues the attempt led by Clair Obscur to displace the frameworks of representation and reception, using the means of electronic music, video, text and performance. The stage set up denotes the immobility characteristic of electronic music concert performances. In 2016, he further diversified his activities by co-founding Acoustic Cameras, an online collection that invites international artists to compose sound pieces for live webcams located all over the world.
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Behind the moniker Cocoon hides Christophe Demarthe, singer of Clair Obscur, one of the flagship French bands of the post-punk scene of the 80s. Cocoon is a global project mixing electronic music, video, photo, text and performance. One of its red threads could be the extension of Clair Obscur’s attempt to move the performance and reception frames. Since its creation in 2004, Cocoon has performed in numerous festivals: Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Villette Numérique, L’Ososphère, Interstice, Emo-Son, Qwartz Awards, Nuit Blanche, Room 4… He has collaborated with visual artists Pierre Beloüin, Ludovic Chemarin©, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Ultralab ; choreographers and directors Anne Juren, Annie Dorsen, Agata Maszkiewicz, Superamas.
Of all the bands that animated the French cold wave and industrial scene of the 1980s, Clair Obscur is certainly one of those whose influence was most vivid beyond the borders of France. Several of their records have been published by British labels like All the Madmen or Cathexis Recordings, and one of their act of glory is to be part of the compilation ‘From Torture To Conscience’ of the mythical label N.E.R. alongside with Current 93, In The Nursery or Death In June (1984). From Killing Joke to The Nits, from Le Cirque d’Hiver de Paris (1982) to the Wiener Festwochen (1991), the bands with which they played, and the venues and places that they performed are a fantastic testimony to the richness of this band which is so difficult to classify.
Acoustic Cameras invites composers and sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world. The flow of webcams is intercepted but not modified. The artist is invited to deliver a sound piece or piece of music related to this flow; This sound piece acting as a modification of reality. The resulting work is the encounter of a recorded sound piece and the live capture of a fluctuating landscape. Depending on the season, depending on weather, depending on time of day or night, the camera sweeps continuously the filmed location (seaside, city or mountain) and writes in real time the film of the artist’s music.
Christophe Demarthe is a composer and sound designer based in Paris. For many years, he has been working at the frontier of sound and visual arts, creating music and sound architectures for theater, dance, visual arts, films, radio, luxury fashion. His first collaborations began in the 90’s with the radio director Jean Couturier (France Culture) and the theater director Bruno Lajara (501 Blues). In the 2000s, he began to compose for TV movies (Canal +, France 2, France 3). Since 2007, he has been producing soundtracks for dance productions in France and Europe (Annie Dorsen, Anne Juren, Agata Maszkiewicz, Superamas), visual arts (ABM Studio, Pierre Beloüin, Ludovic Chemarin©, Gobelins, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Bruno Pocheron, Ultralab) and luxury goods (Louis Vuitton).
Christophe Demarthe is supported by the Centre National de la Musique.