[microsound-announce] A Stranger Paradise #19 Le Placard Festival - Paris 27th-30th July 2012

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Thu Jul 19 08:40:20 EDT 2012

Le Placard Paris 27th-30th July 2012 

72 hours non-stop headphone festival

Saturday 28th - 7pm - Juca Pimentel (Ejaculação primordial. Broche sumário.)

Saturday 28th - 10pm - Abnot Kraz (The compatible victim shoots the shocking architecture. The screw inverts Abnot zone Kraz. Beneath Abnot zone Kraz acts a brain. The smoking cassette breaks.)


Initiated in 1999 by French musician Erik Minkkinen (known as a member 
 of Sister Iodine and other experimental music projects), Le Placard is 
 a nomadic streaming festival that presents concerts listened to solely 
 with headphones, a novelty that has attracted an international following 
 and given rise to an extensive network of enthusiasts, musicians and 
 promoters. Le Placard started in Paris at time when police raids on 
 unlicensed events were frequent and finding venues for alternative music 
 was difficult. So instead Erik Minkkinen organised a headphone party in 
 his small apartment, called "placard" after the French word for 
 "cupboard". Since then this concept has grown to an international 
 streaming festival, with many cities providing listening rooms for local 
 and remote performances. To the present , more than a hundred of Le 
 Placard festivals have taken place, connecting various cities. 

Local artists musicians and performers are invited via the site of the 
 Placard leplacard.org to register their performance to the extent of the 
 available slots. Each slot offers a 30 min. open space to express. All 
 performances will be played from 10 am to 10 pm and streamed on the web.

There is no fixed line-up and no tacit order or hierarchy and the 
 attendance is free: anyone who wishes to perform can subscribe for a 
 live or DJ set, plug the personal gear and perform. All performances 
 will be streamed in real time and could be listened all around the 
 world, especially by the growing Placard listeners community.

Mostly physically present in the same space, performers and 
 listeners linked by a system of headphones share during this long event 
 the same special half-silence and quiet creative excitement. Also the 
 concept of Le Placard was thought to guest virtual performers registered 
 on the site. Basically everyone connected on internet should stream his 
 live from his own room and be diffused both on the web and the emmetting 
 space. Performers and listeners just have to register first on the site 
 and follow some easy process explained via an e-mail received on their 
 own adress.

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