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JULIE ROUSSE • 1979, BORN IN PARIS • LIVES AND WORKS IN MARSEILLE
Her work is diverse and expressed through several different experimental music projects based on improvisation : live performances, sound installations, electroacoustic compositions, music scores for dance, performance, films, visual artists and documentaries.
Passionate phonographer and noise lover, she’s always looking for new sonic sources in her worldwide travels, exploring the possibilities of sound capturing in specifically chosen contexts, working with traditional recording devices as well as experimental captors.
In her free improvisation practice, she uses her sonic collection in a real-time sound treatment software, lo-fi machines such as reel-tapes cassettes, effect pedals and various players. Real time is an essential element of her spontaneous and chaotic approach : she digs in the sound, intruding in the detail, exploring in search of new textures of raw sounds.
As sound artist and composer, she explores the relation between the Listener, Space, Dream and Ritual. She creates swarming universes with in-situ recordings to be unfolded for site and project-specific events.
With EXO, she invited the audience to turn towards the sky and contemplate while listening to her multiphonics spatialized compositions for 101 stellar objects. Her last projects Une voix parcourt le Rhône (A voice runs along the Rhone), is in search of the sonic elements that constitute the voice of the river Rhône – from its source in the Swiss Alps to the Camargue Delta – in its animal, natural and anthropic multitude : the river is a lively entity which song is complexe and many.
Her work is supported by the CNCM of Marseille (GMEM) and Lyon (GRAME). In 2020 she was Laureate of the Camargo Foundation special program for sousnd artists and in 2015 she was laureate of the Hors les Murs program (Institut Français) for a 3 months research stay in an autochtone community in the south of Chile, studying relation between nature and sound in the ritual culture of the Mapuches.
Since 2018 she is living in Marseille. In 2020 she integrates the Collective Les Ateliers Jeanne Barret as associated artist.
Since 2001, she has been playing in national and international festivals, events and venues worldwide : Festival Les Musiques (Marseille ; 2018) ; Nuit Blanche (Paris ; 2005, 2011, 2015, 2018) ; Centre Pompidou (Paris ; 2017) ; Musée de l’Homme (Paris ; 2017) ; Festival REEVOX (Marseille ; 2016) ; Festival PiedNu (Le Havre ; 2015) ; Festival de Arte Sonoro Tsonami (Valparaiso, Chili ; 2013, 2015) ; Le Fest (Tunis, Tunisie ; 2011) ; Send and Receive (Winnipeg, Canada ; 2011) ; Suoni per il Popolo (Montréal, Canada ; 2002,2004) in solo or in collaboration with emerging as well as renowned improvisers from the experimental noise music scene. Her pieces have been edited on the labels Sub Rosa, TsukuBoshi, Zeromoon, NoType et diffusées sur les ondes d’Arte radio, France Culture et Radio Libertaire.
NEW PRODUCTION 2021
DDA Contemporary Art will accompany Julie Rousse this year of 2021 on the production of the second part of her project Une Voix Parcourt le Rhône, launched in 2019, concerning the question of water, which has become essential and which reminds us that natural resources are limited and precious. In 2020, Julie Rousse began to track the course of the river between the Glacier de la Furka, its source, all the way to its mouth in the Delta of Camargue – in order to pursue sound recordings that mixed traditional and experimental techniques, in relation to its fine geographical mesh. Like these rivers recently given the title of « living entity », she attempts to extract and shape the voice of the river in an audiovisual installation driven by real-time data.
February / June 2021
Sound Workshop // Sound Exploration of Territory (Marseille)
During this sound workshop, Julie Rousse proposes participants to explore the territory of Marseille, by listening, starting from the centre of the sphere of everyday life and moving further and further away (towards the sea) : like a system of Russian dolls, the neighborhood falls within the city which falls within the natural environment.
During these sound exercises everyone will be asked to open their ears to what makes the sound unique to its neighborhood and to decipher its hidden life ; then, this listening will be activated through a dedicated recording system, in which the participants will be able to, in turn – after a short training – record the sound elements, before arranging them together during a computer music course.
The product of these workshops will be delivered in the form of a listening session of the pieces created.