Nadine SCHÜTZ (((Echora))) | CH / FR |




Plage de la Défense #1-2




Space and place are deciphered as we decipher a score. This approach guides my sound work in general but extends in a particularly rhizomatic manner throughout the project on the square of La Défense, from which this present piece results. It is part of an evolving series of compositions, which experiment on designing and composing with echoes or acoustic room signatures, always linked to their place of origin while developing their autonomy as acousmatic artwork. "Plage de la Défense #1" focuses on the compositional exploitation of HOA directional room impulse responses recorded in situ for creating virtual auditory scenes and thus proposing a poetic reinterpretation of the existing sonic environment. The combination of the different measurements based on different positions of the source and the microphone defines the spatial register for these imaginary scenes. By extracting the spatio-temporal and spectral characteristics of the same acoustic imprints, "Plage de la Défense #2" let them structure a spatial and tonal orchestration, more abstract yet always imbued with the acoustic spirit of the place. Acoustic space thus becomes a veritable instrument of composition.



Nadine Schütz (((Echora))), Dr. sc. ETH, landscape acoustician and sound artist, born in Switzerland, lives and works in Paris. Nadine Schütz presents herself as a sound architect, or environmental interpreter. Drawing on both theoretical and poetic research, she explores the sonic landscape through compositions, performances, installations and atmospheres that relate space and listening, nature and music, urbanity and humanity. Her work has been presented in Zurich, Paris, Venice, Naples, New York, Moscow, Tokyo and Kyoto. Among her current projects for permanent sound installations in public space, the Acoustic Niches for the forecourt of the TGI in Paris, Elementary Instruments for a new urban crossing over the rail tracks in Saint-Denis, and Jardins Amplifiés for the athlete's village of the 2024 Olympic games in Paris. For four years she headed the multimedia laboratory of the Landscape Institute at ETH Zurich, where she installed a new studio for the spatial simulation of sonic landscapes, during her PhD Cultivating Sound finalized in 2017. She has taught at various architecture and art schools in Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Austria and Japan. Currently, she is a lecturer for Landscape Acoustics at ETH Zurich and an artist in residence at IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. www.echora.chPlage de la Défense