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« Thomas Tilly is a musician who uses the microphone and the loudspeaker as his main instruments of creation. Centered on the study of the sound environment and its confrontation with the space in which it exists, Tilly’s work borrows as much from experimental music as from scientific research.
It is not only a question of capturing the sound, but of placing the microphone at the same level as the musical instrument and of considering the location of this instrument in space as a method of composition; it’s a question of diverting its role as a communication tool to apprehend the sound wave differently – to tackle the intangible intersecting all that constitutes and conditions the material, to focus on speaking and using noise as something precious and unique, and to confront this noise with what we call music. »1
(An Interpretation of the Explosive Breeding Phenomenon)
Sound performance, 2018
Codex Amphibia is a project resulting from a collaboration between the musician Thomas Tilly and the herpetologist researcher Antoine Fouquet, during a field study in Guyana in 2016. On the Mountain of Kaw, December 2016, thousands of frogs gather in a few tens of square meters for a unique night of sexual frenzy. Out of the intimacy of this reproductive explosion, Thomas Tilly created Codex Amphibia, a dialogue between the sound fragments captured from the field and the electronic elements subsequently added in the studio, sometimes presented alone and sometimes mixed together. Thus, across the sound pieces, a back and forth is established between the natural acoustic lines and their artificial interpretations.
1https://www.lafayetteanticipations.com/fr/artiste/thomas-tilly (trans. from original french)