Electrosound @ Fondation EDF
The perfect stop for a one-hour visit if you are in the neighbourhood of Saint Germain des Prés or on your way to the Bon Marché department store, the Fondation EDF is hosting a free exhibition dedicated to the history of electronic music. This foundation belongs to EDF, the French public energy provider, and aims at promoting innovation in various domains.
Visitors can dive into an immersive and interactive experience covering a wide range of musical productions, from 1945 to the present time, from the pioneers and researchers in the 1950-70s (Pierre Schaeffer, Robert Moog, Peter Zinovieff, Brian Eno, Jean-Michel Jarre) to the present triumph of electro. The exhibition, entitled ElectroSound, from the lab to the dancefloor, travels back in time through the 20th century, where electricity and electronics entered the musical field, up to the emergence of the major cultural movements we know: electro, house, techno, and so on.
Unseen video clips showing musicians in their studio (Arnaud Rebotini, Christian Zanési, Etienne de Crécy) as well as archives on the visionary inventors of the 1960s, the revolution of ” rave” in England and the “techno” in Berlin or Detroit help understand the developments.
In the middle of the exhibition hall, a kind of auditorium, the Boombox, takes visitors into the various styles of electro. A workshop also proposes to handle freely a synthesizer, a sequencer, a vocoder or a sampler, and to play mythical instruments (a 1972 Minimoog synthesizer, the famous TR 808 beat box of the 1980s) and other electronic instruments, often innovative.
Last, interactive devices designed through a research project allow visitors to take part into collective electro compositions involving audio and video.
The exhibition is divided into 6 sections:
1: The Foundations: Inventions, Experiences and Avant-garde (1948-1968). The era of savant music.
2: Rise of Rock’n Roll rock: electronics enter rock and pop music.
3: New instruments: synthetizer, beat box and sampler (1978-1989). Synth-pop, disco, electrofunk.
4: A new machine: the PC. Computers enter massively the musical production. House and Techno.
5 : All DJs? The digital disruption. (2000-2010). Dance-music and DJ culture.
6: Workshops: older and new instruments, electronic instrument making, accessible to visitors.
Monday Am - Monday Pm
Address: 6, rue Récamier - 75007 - Paris