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One of the first science fiction films in cinema history, directed in 1923 by René Clair.

Original title: Paris qui dort – Le Rayon diabolique
4K restoration by Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé in 2018
Running time: 59:35
For all audiences aged 8 and over

For the first time, and with the experience of numerous image creations, Stéphane Scharlé embarks on a solo adventure, setting to music “Paris qui dort”, the first film shot by René Clair. The concept was to explore new soundscapes using drums augmented by a unique electronic control system, with triggers and a new interface that enabled him to generate loops and double the drums with a multitude of electronic sounds and effects. The end result is a surprisingly modern soundtrack that echoes repetitive music, minimal electro and gives pride of place to improvisation.

The film:

When Albert, a night watchman on the third floor of the Eiffel Tower, wakes up to find Paris strangely quiet. Even his colleague, who is supposed to relieve him, gives no sign of life. Surprised, Albert goes downstairs and discovers a lifeless city: there are no cars in the streets, and the few people he meets are frozen in place. Like him, only a handful of people who had just landed in Paris had escaped this mysterious phenomenon. What they have in common is that they were all up high during the night when everything seems to have changed. Not knowing what caused this situation

The augmented Drum:
Is a new instrument developed by Stéphane Scharlé over the last few years, it’s a unique electronic control system, with software tools and a revolutionary interface that allows loops to be created and a multitude of electronic sounds and effects to be superimposed in real time on acoustic drumming.

This show is suitable for children aged 8 and over, and can be presented to schoolchildren and the general public. Meetings/workshops on augmented drumming can also be arranged.

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Stéphane Scharlé : Augmented Drum

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