Club To Cloud #10 - Le Sucre

Independent stage designer and music journalist Axel Simon explores the stage design of French Nightclub Le Sucre, based on the rooftop of a former sugar factory in Lyon. Should venues like this embrace their “club” identity in the cultural landscape? How can scenography reflect the persona of residents and invited collectives? In this interview, we explore these topics with stage designer Léa Chaix and programmer Pierre Zeimet.


A Conversation with QuinzeQuinze Collective

QuinzeQuinze holds a unique position in the French music scene. The five-member band – or rather collective – was born out of a course they took together at art school, which had them create musical and visual pieces every two weeks (hence their name, that can be translated as “fifteen fifteen”). Even today, the influence of their artistic background is omnipresent in their videos, costumes and graphics: they have managed to craft their own universe that is also fed by the Polynesian origins of two band members. We had a conversation after their performance at Nuits sonores on their origins, mythology in their work and car bass in Tahiti.

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A Conversation with Ceephax Acid Crew

Meeting with Andy Jenkinson, known to acidheads as Ceephax Acid Crew, felt no different than chatting to an old pal about music production. That’s something to be expected, having watched his appearance on Electric Independence, and browsed his twitter account garnished with both thoughts coming straight from the mind of Sir Phax-A-Lot, and pictures of eight-bit sampling material from the 90s. In this exchange, recorded minutes before his show at Nuits sonores 2022, we talked about nostalgia, graphic synthetisers, animals, and all things Ceephax.

Cyber Space Engendered Otherness @ We are Europe

When AI Mixes with Art, Transforming the Human Body

Exploring the workings of artificial intelligence through artistic creation is the ambition of the latest project launched by Sónar as part of the AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival. Researchers and artists have worked together on these questions to create new performances. In this piece, Cécile Moroux exchanges with Anna Diaz and Javier Ruiz Hidalgo on "Engendered Otherness - A Symbiotic AI Dance Ensemble."

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Lala &ce, Ethereal Face of Nuits sonores 2022

It is more than due time to introduce the world to the French rapper, half-Ivorian, who has been living between London and Paris for a few years now, Lala &ce, born out of the cloud rap made by new generations fed by the internet, auto-tune and slowed-down voices that melt into the basses until they peddle their own particular sonic mist. This is the face we have chosen to talk about the ever original programme of Lyon's Nuits sonores 2022 festival (25-29th May), which reinvents itself after two years of pandemic and existential questioning.

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Atlantic Stereo: Transatlantic Collaboration

For our coverage of Nuits sonores Colombia's Compilation, we looked into the state of the Colombian electronic scene, through the lens of journalists, artists and local figures.

Arts Fulu Muziki @ We are Europe

Building Music from Scratch with Fulu Miziki

We met with Congolese collective Fulu Miziki for an in-depth look at their work, a "build your own instrument" workshop and a conversation about their vision for this project.

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