Profession: Composer Sébastien Roux was born in 1977. He writes electronic music, and presents it in diverse formats, from CD’s and records, to public listening sessions, sound installations, sound walks, and radio pieces. He is interested in listening conditions, the concept of soundscape and composition starting from formal constraints. For several years he has worked on sonic translation, a principle consisting in the use of an existing work as a score for a new piece. This process has led to the creation of
Quatuor , electro-acoustic music from Beethoven’s
Tenth Quartet ,
Nouvelle , a radio piece based on Flaubert’s
The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller and
Inevitable Music , a cycle of sonic translations of Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings. He frequently collaborates with writer Celia Houdart and set designer Olivier Vadrot on transdisciplinary and in situ projects. He has created the sound environment for choreographic pieces by DD Dorvillier, Sylvain Prunenec and Rémy Héritier. At Villa Medici, Sébastien Roux intends to reactivate – in the form of sonic translations – some of the 300 wall drawings Sol LeWitt realized in Italy between 1968 and 2007, including those made at Villa Medici between 2001 and 2003. During a stay in the US, Sébastien Roux studied a series of drawings by Sol LeWitt. He found that they are quite different from the Italian corpus of the American artist and noticed that elementary shapes and primary colors give way to more assertive patterns and a more complex play on colors. This residence will be an opportunity to imagine new approaches of translation, to further investigate the question of the spatial arrangement of sound pieces and tackle the question of translation from a theoretical angle.