2017

It takes a lot of people to make a data choir

by Michael

For our project I Heard There Was A Secret Chord at the Musée d’Art Contemporain we wanted to create an audible connection between visitors (both online and on-site), and all the people in the world who are listening to Cohen’s Hallelujah at any moment.

We thought that the most interesting and direct connection between the number of listeners and the number of sounds being heard by our visitors would be a choir, where each voice represented a listener online. We decided early on that we wanted to use humming to focus on the musicality and physical sensation of voice.

So we arrived at the need to record a giant humming choir.

Without yet having access to the online data, we didn’t know how many singers we needed, or where we would find them. Luckily Irene, our fearless producer, sings in a choir. She approached her choir director about getting her choir’s participation. Not only did Mélodie agree to involve the choir, she invited the members of the other 7 choirs she directs(!), plus a number of choirs she has affiliations with. (She also helped with vocal arrangement and directed the singers during our recording sessions, Thanks Mélodie!)

Tetra Sound Lab

Over the course of 2 weekends, we turned Tetra Sound Lab into a humming factory, with back-to-back 45 minute recording sessions in which groups of 6 people would hum their way through up to 8 different vocal parts. In the end, we had 635 takes. We reviewed and edited all the takes down to about 250 solo voices, plus a number of large multi-voice composite files, that would allow us to have up to 1250 voices humming in our installation.

Choir Director Mélodie Rabatel and Recording Engineer Patrick McDowell

Check out the humming choir in our installation at MAC until April 2018, or online now:

http://asecretchord.com/

The hummers:

Ensemble Vocal Les Nanas de Montréal

Morgane Derycke, Claire Domenget, Julie Norman, Alice de Forges, Sophie Chainel, Jennifer Arthur, Mylène Lapointe, Nathalie Brunet, Annie Gaudreault, Ursula Mercier, Francine Lemay,

Crystel Pereira, Martine Gagnon, Marion Noël, Pauline Marchand, Marie-Line Migneault, Meghan Perry, Alison McCreath, Sarah LeBlanc, Julie Comtois, Karen Francoeur, Louise Lockhart, Céline Chatigny, Anne Marie Harnois, Stephee Frechette, Micheline Boucher, Sarah Vandekendelaere, Sylvie Lavoie, Elise Brissette, Irène Chaudouet, Natasha Audet

Ensemble vocal DivertisSon

Carole Laplante, Michel Ouellet, Linda Bouchard, Safia Djebbari, Michel Chalifoux, Sylvie Provost, Luce Turmel, Daniel Desmarais, Anne Ruelle Lamory, Louise Rivard, Normand Lorange, Norman Robert, Robert Fréchette, Rachel Villeneuve, Félix Dion, Corentin Wallez, Odette Guky, Jennifer Haddad, Roberto Rantucci

L’ensemble I Coristi de Laval

Sophie Stival

Gaston Loiselle

La Serre

Martin Skorek, Gaétan Paré, Narges Khorsand, Catherine Tardif, Leonie Couture, Agathe Couture, Caroline Courtois Schirmer, Christel Durand, Mélodie Rabatel, Jean François

Choeur Gai de Montréal

Christian Vallée, Maurice A. Harvey, Christian Giomet, Karl Lessard, Yann Chavaillaz, Julie Roy, Sébastien Fortier, Christian McCann, Pierre Landry, Michel Saint-Louis, Mike Mizrakian, Denis Nantel, Simon Lacerte, Jean-Pierre Robin, Bernard Faucher, Normand Cyr, François Richard, John Macomber, Eric Descoteaux, Benoit Cayer, Xavier Vincent, Michel Bourdon, André St Onge, René Huacuja, Yves Turcotte

BAnQ

Catherine de Varennes, Gaël Girard, Elodie Jolette, Tony Rota

 

Food Sessions at Citi Summer Streets

by Pierre

As part of the 10th anniversary of Summer Streets, NYC DOT Art has commissioned Daily tous les jours and Nico Fonseca to reproduce Food Sessions, over three Saturdays.

Here, food becomes more than taste, the guided meditation on food is a shared journey focusing on the culture, memories, body and identity. Together, participants explore ways to eat with all their senses, opening up their imagination, while calling upon their memories, and sharing their culture. In the buzz of downtown New York, we were excited to gather even larger and diverse crowds.

Food Sessions are now in traveling mode, contact us for bookings.

Food Sessions at Citi Summer Streets from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo.

Creative Coder / Programmeur créatif

by Eva

We are looking for a creative coder to join us for a website project, with the potential of making it a full-time position later (if we like you, and you like us).

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Nous sommes à la recherche d’un programmeur créatif pour réaliser un projet de site internet (dans un premier temps) et potentiellement pour un poste à temps plein dans un second temps (en cas d’appréciation mutuelle).

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Musical Swings Impact Study

by Fady

As many of you may know, Daily tous les jours embarked on an adventure over the last year, touring their creation, Musical Swings: an exercise in collaboration, around the United States. This insightful journey shone a light onto many aspects of design for interaction and public spaces. As part of this adventure, we commissioned a short documentary and an impact study which we’re excited to release today.

The independent study looked at the way the Musical Swings impacted the downtowns of West Palm Beach, Detroit and San Jose, where they were temporarily installed in 2016. Supported by the Knight Foundation and conducted by Joshua Bloom and Surale Phillips of the Clue Group, this study aims to understand and assess the social and economic impacts of art initiatives and how they reinvigorate public spaces. It sets the ground for a forward-looking conversation between policy makers and designers on the value of such projects in cities and how to approach public spaces in the future – proving that the effort is more than worthwhile.

Directed by Robbie Hart and Kara Blake, the 14-minute documentary follows the Swings around the United States and tells the stories of people and places they touched along the way.

Through these two different means, we hope to equally inspire artists, elected officials, developers and the public to reexamine how they look at their cities and work together to appreciate them as magical, vibrant spaces that can be shared by everyone.

If you are tempted to dive deeper into our research, more detailed reports on each individual cities are available, please get in touch if you’d like a copy.

As we continue to tour the travelling kit in 2018, we’re actively working on a permanent version of the Musical Swings, due to be out late 2018. If you’re interested in an acquisition, please drop us a line.



Download Report

To download the Musical Swings Impact Study in PDF form please provide us with your contact information.

If in London – Night Time is the Right Time

by Pierre

London here we come!

Our Musical Swings are currently featured in the Night Time is the Right Time exhibition that just opened on June 1st and will be running until August 15th at the Building Centre. The show explores the changing face of night time citizenship and examines how our cities can adapt and improve after dark. The ideas competition attracted entries from across ten countries. The exhibition and event programme will highlight international projects that can inform and inspire 24-hour cities of the future.

More info here:
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Ouverture de poste / Work with us!

by Pierre

Daily tous les jours is looking for an Industrial Designer for a full-time 6-month contract position – with a possibility of extension.

By collaborating closely with the existing Daily tous les jours teams, you will we working on a series of interactive environments, where your skills in object design and technology integration will shine. You will be involved from the concept phase all the way to fabrication, installation, and operation.

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Daily tous les jours recherche un(e) Designer Industriel, pour un contrat en temps plein de 6 mois – avec une possibilité de renouvellement.

En étroite collaboration avec l’équipe de Daily tous les jours, vous travaillerez sur une série de projets d’environnements interactifs, où vos compétences en design d’objet et intégration technologique seront mis en lumière. Vous serez impliqué de la phase de conception à la fabrication, l’installation et les opérations.

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