Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.
The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.
The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.
In order to allow for these collective moments to be shared around the world, a traveling version of the project with 10 Musical Swings is now available on tour. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CREATED AND PRODUCED WITH SUPPORT FROM QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES DE MONTRÉAL
EXHIBITED YEARLY AT SPRINGTIME IN MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC
A Project by Daily tous les jours
Created by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat
Executive Producer: Antoine Clayette (2012), and Hugues Monfroy (2011)
Music: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh
Concept Team: Dominique Côté, Alexandre Landry, Yolène Leroux, and Luc-Alain Giraldeau
Design: Sébastien Dallaire, and Alexandre Landry
Technical Direction: Eva Schindling
Production Coordinator: Tara DeSimone
Production: Paul Bailly, Michael Baker, Mourad Bennacer, Thibeault Bensa, Olivier Coquet, Nicolas Duvieusart Dery, Élise Genvrin, Sophie Grignart, Luc Hernandez, David Lortie, Albane Guy, Ricardo Jean, Yolène Leroux, Etienne Lemieux Maillé, Benoît Piccolini, Peter Rockwell, and Alexandra Sawicki
Technological Partner: PixMob (formerly ESKI )
Technical Direction: Vincent Leclerc
Project Manager: Josiane Mercier
Programming: Patrick Keroulas, and Vincent de Belleval
Production: Philippe Savard, and Marc-André Tessier
Video: Geoffrey Boulangé
Photography: Olivier Blouin
Created with: Max/MSP, Arduino IDE, and Razor AHRS Firmware
A field of 32 microphones welcomes participants to sing their hearts out, karaoke style, celebrating the magic of singing together.
Participants connect with one another, building upon the contagion of this uplifting activity and sharing in a collective musical experience. Beyond beautiful voices, it’s about living a communal experience; the pleasure comes from doing it together.
The system integrates different sound technologies to stimulate participation. A sound processing system auto-tunes the voices, lightly adjusting the pitch and reverb so that anyone, even the ones less skilled at singing, can sound good, and feel comfortable taking part.
The songs featured at the Giant Sing Along have been chosen by its public prior to the event, ideally around the time of its announcement. Taking advantage of the excitement around the up and coming event, people are invited to send songs they would love to sing along to, via a simple web interface, possibly hosted on the event’s official website.
ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY NORTHERN LIGHTS.MN, MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
A project by Daily Tous Les Jours
Created by: Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat
In collaboration with Kelsey Snook
Producer: Antoine Clayette
Lead Designer: Alexandre Landry
Industrial Designer: Sébastien Dallaire
Sound Designer: Frédéric Auger
Technical Director: Eva Schindling
Technical Coordination: Tara DeSimone
Graphic Designer: Pawel Karkowski
Programing and Editing: Michael B. Baker, Peter Rockwell, and Alejandro De Léon
Junior Designer: Yolène Leroux
Video: Geoffrey Boulangé
Photography: Steve Dietz, and Andrea Steudel
Special thanks to: Steve Dietz, Renee Pearson, Andrea Steudel, and the team at Northern Lights.mn, Minnesota State Fair, Bremer Bank, Allied Audio, and Merika Technology
And to all our friends and families who sang their hearts out while we adjusted the system...