Photo : Architectural Sonar Works © Cédric Brandilly
Les Champs Libres & les Tombées de la Nuit present
Architectural Sonarworks
Cédric Brandilly & Romain Dubois
Musical and sensory map of the city
By creating a musical and sound language based on mapping and architectural characteristics of a given space, Cédric Brandilly and Romain Dubois look at architecture as if it was a musical score.

Cédric Brandilly and Romain Dubois transpose the architecture of the city into music and use traditional modelling methods combined with algorithms and geomatics data to create a new sensory sound map, and a new language. Using map data on the city, land surveying and building heights, the land variations take the form of a graph that is translated into a musical score (the curve representing the city’s height variations matches the path of musical variations). The ultimate goal is to create a metalanguage that could be understood by listeners who would then eventually be able to recognise the city’s musical score. The piano was chosen for its universal aspect, with long repetitive variations that evoke the work of Philip Glass.


Cédric Brandilly is an artist, performer and film director. After studying arts and architecture, he continued his training at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía’s university department in Madrid, and quickly turned to a career in visual and performance art. This led to artistic creations and exhibitions in Paris, Seoul, Brussels, Quebec, London, Belgrade, Kosice, etc. and collaborations with many university research centres in France and abroad (Institut de physique de Paris, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, atelier international pour la cité bio- numérique, etc.). Cédric Brandilly’s art currently draws on Canadian situationist performance and Fluxus practices, questioning new forms of representing social space. The Architectural SonarWorks project, co-produced by Les Tombées de la Nuit, was recognised at the 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress.

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Saturday 01 December 2018
17:00 > 17:45
Les Champs Libres, Cours des Alliés, Rennes
Salle de conférences
Saturday 01 December 2018
21:15 > 22:00
Les Champs Libres, Cours des Alliés, Rennes
Salle de conférences

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