Les Siestes Electroniques is a free and summer festival dedicated to adventurous musics that won’t take place physically in 2020.

Freed from the constraints of time and place specific to the festival, we wanted to design an online edition that will last until December and offer our audiences a variety of video, written and audio content around the theme: music and care.

The therapeutic vocation of music is a subject that has been discussed more and more lately. People talk about the care provided by music therapy, the restorative virtues of ambient in periods of confinement, the success of the “relaxing” playlists offered by streaming platforms, yoga music, but also the spiritual and community aspects of techno parties. Can we pay sensitive and critical attention to what music brings us as support, on an individual and/or collective scale, without neglecting the way it is sometimes instrumentalized to treat symptoms while trivializing the causes? This is the question that Les Siestes Electroniques would like to explore this year, by integrating its two publications, Audimat and Musique Journal, into this project. The covid-19 pandemic having forced us to cancel all our physical events, we have decided to invite, in the coming months, authors and artists to explore this relationship between music and care and its contradictions. We will be posting regularly, starting June 25th, on our sites and publications, as well as in media and platforms we feel close to, the results of our research.

In partnership with Shape Platform – co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


Publications

June 26, 2020, Possession spirituelle et zombies bienveillants : les vertus thérapeutiques de la « folk » jamaïcaine by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)

July 3rd, 2020, Les Faith Healers pratiquaient la thérapie par le bruithme, by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)