Estelle Schorpp

18.05 — 01.06 / 2020

Vernissage –

Graduating from the University of Montréal with a master’s degree in composition and sound creation, Estelle Schorpp was offered a two-week artist residency at Sporobole centre en art actuel.

18.05 – 01.06/2020

// The golden threads //

The inspiring source of this project is an excerpt from Michel Chion’s book Le promeneur écoutant (1993), in which he observes that the bells no longer ring in the city, in the incessant rumour of traffic “which drowns in its muddy stream, like the memories of a celebration, the fine resonances and the golden notes descended from the steeples.” The golden threads  is an algorithmic composition whose only sound materials used are spectral components of bell sounds. The general aesthetics of this piece is an aesthetics of the “almost inaudible” (Max Neuhaus, Les pianos ne poussent pas sur les arbres, 2019), designed for the alleyway of the street. The structure is built around the variation of two themes that alternate at each hour change when the church bells ring. The first theme suggests sinus lines that intertwine and unfold, forming a diffuse and continuous space. The second theme is made up of short sounds forming a set of sound points that punctuate the space. This piece unfolds slowly in time and space and plays with the threshold of perception. The fine resonances integrate subtly and plausibly into the street sound environment. My artistic intention is to question (without imposing) our relationship with the sound environment in which we evolve every day: the attention we pay to it and the place we occupy there.

– Estelle Schorpp



Estelle Schorpp (1994, France) obtained her National Superior Diploma of Plastic Arts in June 2018 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in composition and sound creation at the University of Montreal. His diverse work includes sound installation, electroacoustic composition, writing and performance. Recently, she has been exploring the potential of algorithmic systems through autonomous sound installations.