Le chant des immeubles #2 : Neustadt


7+years old

Duration : 20 – 30 min

A soundwalk  created from the amplification of the acoustics and unique frequencies of buildings. 

The Chant des Immeubles de la Neustadt presents musical compositions enriched with historical information about the buildings in the district, to celebrate Neustadt’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Every place has a unique identity. The materials and density of the building, its function, its location and its history give it particular characteristics. It therefore logically has its own unique acoustics and resonance frequencies.

To amplify these unique songs, Gaëtan Gromer has designed software that updates the recording technique developed by the composer Alvin Lucier in 1969.

As he approaches a building, it begins to ‘sing’ in its unique voice. When close to several buildings, they sing in chorus. The listener’s journey thus instantly recomposes the buildings’ symphony.

Gaëtan Gromer leads a creative activity at a crossroads between composition, performance and multimedia installation. He uses the astonishing power of suggestion and immersion of sound to deliver a certain view of the world, a particular point of hearing, to ‘tell’ with sound. He is one of the winners of the Imagina Atlantica 2012 European Digital Arts Prize in Angoulême and wrote the music for Samuel Henry’s Juste l’embrasser, which won the SABAM prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2008.

Realised in partnership with the Journées de l’Architecture and the heritage mission of the city of Strasbourg.


Price : Free

Location : Neustadt, Strasbourg


Artistic director : Gaëtan Gromer

Recordings : Adrien Fuchs

Production : Les Ensembles 2.2