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Visit of the Charles Cros Collection of the B.N.F. (French National Library)

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It was with obvious emotion that we discovered the Charles Cros collection. This collection is focused on sound recording and its first range of machines.

As soon as you enter the collection’s exposition room (17th floor of one of the 4 big tours of the BNF), you are welcomed by numerous horns of many different sizes, shapes and colours. And guess what was placed in the middle, in a display cabinet: a Horn-violin!

We asked Xavier Loyant, curator of the collection, about the probability that this violin is a Stroh-violin or a Tiebel-violin (same type of instrument of the same period).
He explained that after our request for a visit, he carried out some research and noticed that the BNF owns many instruments of this type: another Stroh-violin – which looks like the Stroh instruments of the Musée de la Musique – and a phono-fiddle which certainly predated the Stoh patent.

In the end, we both left the meeting totally delighted. For me because I found another place in Paris where the Stroh Project could have a particular relevance (from a scientific and historical perspective). For Xavier Loyant because he (re-)discovered a beautiful phono-fiddle!

Our talks will undoubtedly continue in the next months.

Here are some pictures taken during this meeting and the link to an article of the IRMA (Information and resource centre for contemporary music) that enabled us to discover the collection


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From the Paléo Festival to Lowlands

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The Paléo Festival is situated in Nyon, Switzerland, beside Lake Geneva. Lowlands is situated in the Netherlands, in a land that emerged from the water very recently…

These two festivals are similar in size, programming and public. Between 40,000 and 65,000 participants a day, almost 20 different concerts, huge stages… and a street performing arts programme for curious onlookers or people who are fed up with BIG sound.

At the Paléo, the Hive is the area dedicated to street performing arts. We met some friends and did new encounters (the Aquamens, Cie Acquacoustique, Collectif BIB, 2 rien Merci, ect.). This year, the Hive team chose to dedicate the scenography to Shaun Tan’s world (you know, the Australian illustrator we met in Australia…). With an efficient and warm team of volunteers, it was an absolute pleasure! In Lowlands, we did fascinating encounters too (for example De Stilh Want) and above all had really great quality listening, making for some unforgettable moments.

 

Crédits photos : Peter Venema

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Concert walk Ni vu, ni connu at Music Museum

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The Music Museum in Paris organizes every season concert tours. It proposes to musicians to sound the instruments of its collection; visitors can hear from one room to the other usually preserved behind glass instruments. On 11 November 2012, the Museum offers to Thomas Le Saulnier and Samuel Tailliez to participate to the concert walk Ni vu, ni connuplaying the celloStroh and Strohviolin. A big thank you to them !

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Recording with Milord

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The Strohband participated in the upcoming album of Milord. Two tracks were recorded in the studio of Freddy Boisliveau in Rochefort sur Loire: « Dériver sous la lune » and « La lune dans l’eau ».

Many thanks to Coline Linder who took the pictures and made a musical contribution to the work with her saw…

Discover this production Stroh Project-Milord on stage on 5th April 2014 in Indre (44)

Perhaps we saw you there!

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The Stroh in Japan

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The beginning of the research on the Stroh instruments led us to the Museum of Musical Instruments of the University of Musashino, Japan. A friend of us living near Tokyo went to the museum to take some pictures of the museum’s collection of instruments; a chance for us to discover how the instruments were different from the one we knew. Are they replicas of Stroh instruments as the replicas we know from Burma? Are they do-it-yourself instruments made by ancient instruments retailers? We will be able to tell you more if we visit this Japanese museum…