Les Siestes Electroniques festival didn’t happen physically in 2020 due to pandemic. It has been replaced by a one-year long program tackling the “music and care” issue.
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. 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.
In partnership with Shape Platform – co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
[June 2020] Possession spirituelle et zombies bienveillants : les vertus thérapeutiques de la « folk » jamaïcaine, by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)
[July 2020] Les Faith Healers pratiquaient la thérapie par le bruithme, by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)
[July 2020] Les tumultes curatifs de quelques perles disco, by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)
July 23th, 2020, Heliophobia, a podcast by Céline Gillain you can listen to on Musique Journal.
[September 2020] Of the Beast, an original audio piece by Jay Glass Dubs as Wild Terrier you can listen to on Musique Journal.
[October – November 2020] with the help of Lorenzo Targhetta, the artist Rian Treanor set up sound creation workshops in a retirement house near Paris. Residents were able to experience a concrete approach to music: the recording of sounds, followed by individual and collective performance based on these sounds. Watch the video
[October 2020] Tituber sans tomber, an original audio piece by Yann Gourdon you can listen to on Musique Journal (in French only)
[November 2020] Transe, purification et apaisement en Indonésie, by Etienne Menu with Musique Journal (in French only)
[December 2020] Musique et Soin, a booklet commissioned by the Editions Audimat and designed by Pierre Vanni. It includes articles and images tackling the “Music & Care” topic. (in French only). Take a look on it.
[December 2020] Le paris des esprits, a booklet by Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon. Take a look on it.
[March 2020] Presente nel Presente, an healing mix by Marta de Pascalis you can listen to on Musique Journal