About

Christophe Demarthe is a composer and sound designer based in Paris. For many years he has been working at the border of sound and visual arts, creating music and sound architectures for theatre, dance, visual arts, film, radio, television, fashion. In his commissioned work Christophe Demarthe proceeds in small steps, by subtle intuitions, through an incessant game of back and forth between the project under construction and his sound work.

Since 2010 he has been producing soundtracks for dance productions in France and abroad (Superamas, Anne Juren, Annie Dorsen, Agata Maszkiewicz). He started his first artistic collaborations in the 90s with the radio director Jean Couturier (France Culture) and the theatre director Bruno Lajara (501 Blues). In the 2000s, while continuing his work for radio and theatre, he started composing for TV films. Since 2007 he has regularly cooperated with visual artists Pierre Beloüin, Ludovic Chemarin(c), P. Nicolas Ledoux, Ultralab for sound, interactive and video installations.

Christophe Demarthe started his musical career as co-founder and lead singer of Clair Obscur, one of the first groups in the 80s which made connections between music, visual arts, dance and theatre. In 2004 he created Cocoon, a global project mixing indifferently electronic music, video, text and performance. Today he is still diversifying his activities with the launching of Acoustic Cameras, an online collection  inviting sound artists to compose pieces for live webcams located throughout the planet.

Contact: christophedemarthe@gmail.com

 

Biography selection

 

2019

Taki Pejzaz, Agata Maszkiewicz, dance piece, Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland

Ludovic Chemarin©, Histoire sans finOlivier Combault & Cocoon, live duet, La BF15, Lyon

2018

Moments, Ludovic Chemarin(c) solo exhibition, mfc-michèle didier, Paris

• Une Saison graphique, ABM Studio solo exhibition, Bibliothèque universitaire, Le Havre, France

2017

Jules Vernes, Gobelins – l’école de l’image, video mapping, Mairie de Sèvres 

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, Dreyer / Les Voix Animées, silent movie + music, Le Liberté, Toulon

2016

Fashion Futurists, Intel partnered with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, web video

Comma, Anne Juren, choreography, Brut, Vienna, Austria

2015

Louis Vuitton City Guide, Louis Vuitton, iPhone/iPad app

The Point, Anne Juren, choreography, ImPulsTanz, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria

2014

Pornography: a trying- out, Anne Juren, choreography, ImPulsTanz, Odeon, Vienna, Austria

2013

Louis Vuitton City Bags, Louis Vuitton, iPhone/iPad app

2012

Louis Vuitton : 100 Legendary Trunks, Louis Vuitton, iPad app

Lost & Found, Anne Juren, choreography, Brut, Vienna, Austria

2010

Magical, Anne Juren & Annie Dorsen, choreography, ImPulsTanz, Schauspielhaus, Vienna, Austria

Black Night 02, Ultralab, installation, Biennale d’art contemporain de Rennes, France

Liberty Chérie, Superamas, short movie

Solo de danse, avec son temps, Eva Vandest, choreography, June Events festival, Paris, France

You Dream, Superamas, theatre performance, Buda Art Centre, Kortrijk, Belgium

Les Enfants, Edward Bond, Bruno Lajara, theatre, Théâtre de Boulogne-sur-mer, France

2009

We Need A Volunteer, Cocoon, performance, Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Paris

Casino 23, Pierre Beloüin, exhibition, Le Dojo, Nice, France

2008

Les Révoltés, Christophe Martin, Bruno Lajara, theatre performance, Viesàvies

Cremaster 15, P. Nicolas Ledoux, art video, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France

2007

L’île de Paradis, Ultralab, exhibition, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

Str Crsh, Pierre Beloüin, installation, L’Ososphère festival, Strasbourg, France

Sleep, Cocoon, art video, exhibition Comunismo da Forma, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2004

Fallait rester chez vous, têtes de noeuds,Rodrigo Garcia, Pascal Antonini, theatre performance

Clandestine, Cocoon, art video, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France

2002

L’enfant éternel, Patrick Poubel, TV film, Telfrance / Neria Productions / Canal+

2001

501 Blues, Christophe Martin, Bruno Lajara, theatre performance, Viesàvie