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CATHERINE RHEA ROY
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CHAT Serge Le Laubier is an electronic whiz, who combines music and aesthetics to create a visual delight called Puce Muse

Serge Le Laubier is not only an electronic whiz, but also understands music, aesthetics and how to combine the three together to create a visual delight that he calls Puce Muse. “Puce is French for an electronic chip and muse is music,” he says, explaining the name of his project. “I use computer programmes to make concerts and for the show in Bangalore there will be me, a singer, conductor and 12 children playing with computers.” Puce Muse in association with the Alliance Francaise was in the city for a concert at the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Serge uses a Meta instrument, an instrument that senses gestures, processes them and perceives the processing that has been done, “It’s a wonderful joystick,” he says to make it simpler. The instrument allows Serge to control many computers and with it he can synch sound and pictures. For the show in Bangalore the cathedral would become the screen, onto which he would project images of the church, move it, change it around creating an interactive space for the spectators to participate and become composers of this multimedia concert.

Puce Muse creates electronic music coupled with extravagant visual graphics which take the audience on a discovery of unexpected visual and sound spaces, “Each building is different and that makes sure that each show is different.” The images and sound are played live by Serge and the show is an immersive experience, its magnitude and graphics making it an explosion of creativity.

“It is a unique concert but the concept is quite simple,” he says, “Music is normal with instruments, but not with computers. In fact the computer sometimes kills the musician and I am trying to do the reverse.” The world of sensors and touch screens is exploding, “See how the computer has grown, and take the mouse for example. Compare it from what it used to be ten years ago and now. The Meta is a unique instrument and what we have now are only prototypes. But it’s coming, I don’t know when, but it will come.”

CATHERINE RHEA ROY

Music is normal with instruments, but not with computers. In fact the computer sometimes kills the musician and I am trying to do the reverse

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