During Nuits sonores 2021, we met with French artists Oklou & Krampf, who presented a project linking video game, music and performance: Zone W/O People

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Author: David Bola

Photo Credit: Cameltown

The crowd slowly gathers to the 360° stage of Nuits sonores 2021 edition (dubbed as such because it features 4 screens where projections accompany the musical performances). On stage, Oklou settles down in a makeshift campsite, grabs a controller plugged into a small TV and enters the first inputs. In the crowd, Krampf is waiting for the show to start, ready to start up applause and observe the audience’s reactions.

This is the set-up of “Zone W/O People”, an audio visual performance by Oklou & Krampf linking video game, storytelling and music. Throughout the performance, the French singer controls an avatar who explores a world crafted by Krampf, where each input equates to sound. We sat down with both artists to dive into the inception of this project, located at the frontier between music, performance and video game.

Camera & editing by Jan Beddegenoodts

Interview & production by David Bola

Production assistance by Léna Gandrey

Motion Graphics by Mário Meira

Music from “Zone W/O People OST” by Oklou

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David Bola is We are Europe Media‘s content editor. Formerly working at Radio Nova as a freelance journalist and hosts a monthly residency on Piñata Radio, with Ludotek, a show focused on video game music.

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