A La Fontaine Timbrée…

Usually referring to all the sound characteristics that make it possible to identify an instrument, the timbre is also a kind of small iron curtain that is placed under the snare drum and that, in contact with the lower skin, gives it a sour and powerful sound.

By isolating, transforming and amplifying some of the physical events induced by falling drops and water masses, the device transforms the sound of the fountain in the manner of “resonant filters” used in electronic synthesizers. It cuts out the uniform sound of the jet, which is usually white noise, to color the frequency ranges and to create isolated and phrased events in the wind.

Without any intention of play or composition, the system goes with the limit between noise and music, leaving the walker to tap into his own imagination to invent the contours.


Domaine National St Germaine-en-laye

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