Most of the time the score and the instrument are two different entities. For this project, I morph these two entities into one unique scenographic-score: the brick becomes the instrument while it is at the same time the score. With a precise non-conventional notation system, the score indicates the cavities, resonances and tonalities of the bricks. For years I have been researching and working on hybrid techniques between drawing, drumming and dreaming that reflect within my practice as a composer and performer. In Bricophone the bricks become a non-conventional score intended for the specific interpretation of the piece within the cistern of Maison Tavel, to which the composition is dedicated.
Built between 1334 and 1339, the Maison Tavel is one of the oldest surviving private residences in Geneva and one of the most remarkable buildings in its architectural heritage. In 1979, excavations brought to light the remains of an 11th century tower and a huge 17th century cistern for the rainwater harvesting.
In BRICOPHONE this cistern becomes a sonic temple and the auditor is immersed in the constructive power, musicality and poetry of the brick.
For the exhibition “EMPREINTES construire en Ceramique” organised by MAH (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Genève) at Maison Tavel, Alexandra Bellon is invited to create the concert performance “BRICOPHONE” that brings an ode to the musicality of these essential construction materials. To compose the music of this piece Alexandra Bellon explored the sonic and musical cavities of the bricks to create and write a unique score, noted precisely on each brick.
An invitation to immerse yourself in the constructive power, the musicality and poetry of the brick!
Composition and interpretation: Alexandra Bellon
Duration : 2 hours
Instruments : a selection of bricks
Recorded live at Maison Tavel 13/11/2022, Geneva : Nadan Rojnic
Mixed by: Nadan Rojnic
Video captation & Images : Karla Isidorou
Curated by Isabelle Burkhalter
Première : 13th november 2022
This composition is part of the cycle ONGOING composed with the support of Landis &Gyr Stiftung
BRICOPHONE was supported and hosted by MAH Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of Geneva