Musiques-Fictions n°1: Naissance d'un pont by Maylis de Kerangal

  • Installation

A spectacular novel that crosses the fates of men and women who came to California to participate in the construction of a gigantic suspension bridge, Naissance d’un pont (lit.Birth of a Bridge) by Maylis de Kérangal is a reflection on the collateral effects of globalization. "With the music for Naissance d'un pont, my intention was to bring together the characteristics of a fresco and a portrait: on the one hand the monumentality of the fresco, which traces large arches, between an overall narrative plan and a frozen installation; on the other hand, the richness of detail, a swarming of tiny events, like a Flemish portrait." (Daniel Ghisi)

Maylis de Kerangal text
Daniele Ghisi composition, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, and producer
Jacques Vincey director (actors), producer
Emmanuelle Zoll adaptation
Jérémie Henrot sound engineer
Thibaut Carpentier CNRS-STMS scientific advisor

With the voices of Nicolas Bouchaud (Jacob), François Chattot (Georges Diderot), Marie-Sophie Ferdane (Summer Diamantis), Alain Fromager (Seamus O'Shaughnessy), Julie Moulier (Katherine Thorean), Laurent Poitrenaux (Sanche Alphonse Cameron), Anthony Jeanne (young man with the orange hat)

Additional sound recordings by Marc Ciufo Green, Damian Murphy (EigenScape), Stephan Schutze, Richard Devine (Ambisonic Sound Library), NASA

The Musiques-Fictions collection merges a contemporary text, a musical creation, and the collective experience of immersive listening under an ambisonic dome. The musical creation is in perfect contact with the literary work. The language has all the intelligibility; the music has a space of its own. The Musiques-Fictions intend to renew the genre of radio fiction, the Hörspiel, the vigil, by going beyond the simple sound illustration of the story or the dialogue. Music-fictions where the image is not a screen.

Coproduction IRCAM/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Centre dramatique national de Tours. With the support of the Sacem.

Dôme ambisonique de l'Ircam
© Maxime Robert
Dôme ambisonique de l'Ircam
© Maxime Robert
Dôme ambisonique de l'Ircam
© Maxime Robert

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