Laurent et Vincent Isnard

Laurent Isnard

A graduate of the Villa Arson and Paris-Cergy national art schools, as well as ESEC, a film and audiovisual school in Lyon, Laurent Isnard is a performance artist engaged in musical and sound practices. Starting in 2017, he developed the practice of acousmatic massage, a listening, relaxation and sensory immersion session, then created the Irmã collective based in Brussels that brings together artists around this subject.

At the same time, Laurent Isnard coordinates the Suddenly Residencies artistic residency, an artist-run space established between 2010 and 2016 in the Paris region, and today the Brussels-based association Vulcana, which supports the artistic work of people from minority groups.

Vincent Isnard

Vincent Isnard is an auditory perception researcher, sound engineer and computer music producer. Alongside his scientific research, he regularly collaborates with various players on the contemporary scene, including Ensemble Links and the Liminal company. In 2021, his interviews with composer Denis Dufour were published by Editions MF.

2023.24 Artistic Research Residency

Massages acousmatiques

Research Themes :
Acousmatic Massages: Towards a Sonic Environment Dedicated to Well-Being
Field of Research :

Sonic environments for well-being
In collaboration with the IRCAM-STMS Acoustic and Cognitive Spaces team.

Acousmatic massages immerse participants in a sensory bath based on an improvised palette of sounds. These sessions, in which objects of all kinds are used to produce rich, colorful timbres, question our relationship with everyday sounds, which are generally noisy and stressful, in order to encourage new ways of listening to our sonic environment. Indeed, their emotional impact seems to differ from that traditionally emphasized in music, generating a mental state that is far removed from reality and conducive to soothing. Perceptual evaluations will be carried out in an experimental concert situation, paying particular attention to sound space parameters such as soundstage construction and reverberation, in order to determine their influence on emotional feelings. Ultimately, the aim will be to extend this performance art practice to the design of sound environments dedicated to well-being, by proposing a catalog of sounds and spatialized recordings.