The Carileon is an outdoor musical sculpture at the crossroads between church bellsand wind-chimes. Its name is derived from the French word "Carillon", a religious musical instrument housed in a belfry and composed ofat least twenty-three bells. The bells can be played serially to produce a melody or together to form a chord.
The Carileon is composed of a series of aluminum tubes varying in diameters and lengths, each containing a wooden ball connected to a resin cylinder. The sculpture operates musically on two levels; while the wind swings the tubes against the balls and plays clear sounds, the tubes are also meant to be played with felt mallets by a musician, creating soft melodies.
These two musical dimensions allow musicians to play a seamless melody together with nature.
The Carileon is performed here by Loup Barrow.
Production Team: Tim Leung, Buzio Saraiva (ADM), Frederic Jangot & Jacques Le Disez (CREE), Olivier Sence // Commissioned by Krug
Photography by Stephane Deroussent, Peter Szollosi and Thomas Derain
The Carileon, by Sebastien Leon // Performed by Loup Barrow and the wind
Carileon, acrylic on dyed linen, 4' x 3'
163 NEF, Istanbul (Turkey), May 2011
The Golden Horns are a permanent large-scale sound sculpture located in an Istanbul high-rise tower. Composed of intertwined brass pipes inspired by a French Horn, the installation runs vertically through the building, piercing the infra-structure to carry its intrinsic sounds coming from the the ground floor bazaar, the parking garage, the water pipes, the cinema, the lobby etc.
Navigating through the pipes, visitors can either isolate specific sounds or listen to the multi-channel soundscape. Sonic filters and digital harmonizers alter the sound waves in real time, offering a unique experience at every single listen. All the pipes, electronically tuned in the E minor scale, turn random noises into the soundscapes of a continuously improvised symphony.
The Golden Horns culminate with a site-specific installation on the observatory of the building located on its thirty-fifth floor, allowing visitors to listen to the life of the tower while admiring the cityscape of Istanbul in a room composed of windows and a a tessellation of angled mirrors.
Production Team: Alper Boler, Theresa Himmer, Kristján Eggertsson, Edwin Liu, Lee Weinberg // Commissioned by NEF
Commissioned by Brian Atwood, February 2012
Born from the encounter of op art and glam rock, The Leontophone is a 32-foot long musical sculpture composed of 178 mirrored aluminum keys reflecting distorted images of reality, commissioned by Brian Atwood. Named after a Medieval mythological poisonous snake, the Leontophone intends to poetically hypnotize its audience through its three-dimensional geometric tessellation and psychedelic sonic landscape.
One could get lost in the repetition of simple shapes, in the deformed reflections of the angled keys, or in the loops of acoustic music subtly altered by both electronic pedals and digital effects.
Production Team: Situ Studio, Edwin Liu, Lee Weinberg // Commissioned by Brian Atwood
Between Now and Then
Park Avenue Armory, New York (USA), November 2011 // Palais de Tokyo, Paris (France), June 2012 // Palazzo della Triennale, Milan (Italy), April 2012 // UCCA, Beijing (China), August 2012
The multi-channel sound installation piece “Between Now and Then”, played through nearly one thousand aluminum pipes, proposes a new experience of time by infiltrating the intrinsic sounds of timepieces and by rearranging ambient recordings from the Vallée de Joux, the craddle of fine watchmaking located in Switzerland. Watch ticking becomes beats, cow bells turn into zen gongs, and stretched church organ samples mutate into meditative sound waves, all giving a glimpse into the elastic dimension of time.
Production Team: Formavision (Chris Hoover, Edwin Liu), MA3, Matthias Kispert // Commissioned by Audemars Piguet
NEF, Istanbul (Turkey), May 2011
Crystal Caves, a commission by Turkish real estate developer NEF, is a series of four new screening rooms located in Istanbul. All varying in shapes and colors, the rooms allow the viewers to watch movies while lounging on triangulated pillows composing a cave-like landscape.
Back in the dawn of mankind, caves were a place of shelter, gathering, spiritual retreat and artistic expression. It is through cave art that early humans told their stories, feelings, thoughts and addressed spiritual questioning. The triangulated environment of Sebastien Leon Agneessens is a contemporary version of a cave, a comfortable place for shelter and social interaction, and a cultural epicenter for cinematic story-telling.
Production Team: Theresa Himmer, Kristjian Eggertsson and Alper Boler // Commissioned by NEF
Max Mara Gallery, New York (USA), September 2009
A numerical play on the year in which the project was created, MMIX redeploys the concept of the remix to highlight the value of ethno-diversity in a modern world defined by rapid globalization. Composed of six totemic speakers made of zebrawood adorned with circular brand marks, the multi-channel installation establishes a dialogue between contemporary music and archival field recordings of vanishing cultures from around the globe.
The field recordings used for MMIX are provided by the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE), founded by renowned musicologist Alan Lomax (1915-2002) who traveled the world recording the sounds and songs of indigenous cultures, ranging from descendants of slaves in the Mississippi Delta, to Scottish tweed workers and the residents of Italian fishing villages.
For MMIX, we integrated the ACE samples with newly composed tracks created in collaboration with various artists such as Andrew Vladeck and Caithlin De Marrais, Bob Hoffnar, Konrad Meissner, Kevin Ley and Josh Kaufman.
In addition to the installation, we invited choreographers Andrea Miller of Gallim and Jodi Melnick to conceive site-specific performances based on the newly created music and on the layout of the totemic speakers.
Production Team: Jason Ivaliotis, Kyle Fischer // Recording artists: Sebastien Leon, Kyle Fischer, Andrew Vladeck, Konrad Meissner, Caithlin DeMarrais, Bob Hoffnar, Josh Kauffman // Alan Lomax Sound Samples from the Association for Cultural Equity // Commissioned by Max Mara
The Joulétoile (French translation, "playing a star") is an imaginary electronic sound sculpture connected to the movement of the moon, sun and the myriad of constellations around the earth.
By associating specific sounds to over one hundred celestial bodies and then playing each individual soundtrack according to their presence in the sky, the Joulétoile plays a one-year long, multi-channel symphony, repeating with the revolution of the earth around the sun.