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Dusk Chorus: Premiere & Debate

Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018

11am -

Cinéma le balzac


Dusk Chorus

Based on the project “Fragments of Extinction”

An exploration through primary equatorial forests, Fragments of Extinction uses sound as a medium to reflect on the current global extinction rate. Eco-acoustics researcher David Monacchi is on a quest to record 24-hour 3-dimensional sonic portraits in the area with the assessed highest biodiversity on Earth. Through beautiful and immersive cinematography, filmmaker Alessandro D’Emilia follows the progress of this urgent project, incorporating Monacchi’s lecture footage, which manages to accessibly impart the complexity of the issues at hand. During the film the focus shifts from incredible images to a spectacular surround listening experience. It’s as if the viewers themselves are in the middle of the rainforest – they hear insects, birds, amphibians, mammals and even trees in a three-dimensional polyphony of nature.The result is a careful balance between Monacchi’s scientific yet deeply philosophical relationship with the environment and the urgent plight of communities and creatures that are facing the impact of habitat loss, invasive industry and climate change.

Dusk Chorus (2017 – already awarded in n. 8 international film festivals all over the world) is an enduring contemplation and poetic journey on some of the often-overlooked aspects that make an ecosystem diverse, unique, and fragile.

Ticket 8€/5€ (students and children)- English version with French subtitles
Cinema Balzac 

1, rue Balzac – 75008 Paris – Metro Etoile ou George V
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David Monacchi (Italy, 1970) is a researcher, soundscape recordist and eco-acoustic composer. He has been developing his multidisciplinary project Fragments of Extinction for nearly 15 years, conducting field research in the world’s last remaining areas of primary equatorial rainforest. The recipient of multiple international awards, Monacchi is pioneering a new compositional approach based on 3D soundscape recordings of undisturbed ecosystems to foster discourse on the biodiversity crisis through music and sound-art installations. A Fulbright fellow at UC-Berkeley, he has taught at the University of Macerata since 2000 and is now professor of Electroacoustics at the Conservatorio of Pesaro. He has worked for 25 years in interdisciplinary contexts mainly in Europe and North America and produced works for contemporary music, art installation, cinema, video-art, site specific public art. He holds an international patent and is founding member of several scientific and artistic networks.

David Monacchi is currently an artist in artistic research residency at IRCAM in the EAC team.
He is fellow of the Cité internationale des arts, in partnership with IRCAM and the ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe.