Les pierres sèches

by Ludovic Medery

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It’s within the framework of a disused factory located in Liège, a post-industrial city of Belgium that I gathered the sound recordings over a six months period (March till August 2016).
This factory is in St Leonard quarter (in the North part of the city, dubbed sometimes as “North Quarter”). At a time of whom some still remember, workshops, some small factories & stores flourished there between 1950 and 1980.
Historically, this quarter saw these factories and stores emerge and die. Scars from this process still strew across the place, namely empty shop fronts hastily refurbished with scraps and abandoned buildings not waiting anymore for its workers.
As the years went by, this quarter met different populations from the four corners of Europe and Africa, first for the coal, and then for the steel industry. The Meuse is the river which splits the city into two banks, the left one is bordered by St Leonard Quarter.
Intimately bound to the history of this Quarter, the building I explored is adjacent to the esplanade erected and completed in 2006. This esplanade which grew up as some breathing space and meeting place for its inhabitants had formerly a totally different function.
It was the place where the prison of the city sat. Moved by a vivid exploration desire and curiosity, I wandered through the site many times until it became inaccessible.
During my visits, I divided my sound recordings in 3 phases :
– sound ambience without intervention
– sound ambiences with interventions within the space
– searches for objects of all sizes allowing me to create other sounds and play sequences.
C’est dans le cadre d’une usine désaffectée de Liège, ville post-industrielle de Belgique, que j’ai réalisé ces captations sonores sur une période de 6 mois (mars à août 2016).
Cette usine se situe dans le quartier St Léonard (situé dans nord de la ville on le surnomme parfois Quartier Nord). A une époque dont certains se souviennent encore, des ateliers, de petites usines et commerces y florissaient entre 1950 et 1980.
Historiquement, ce quartier a vu naître et mourir ces usines et commerces. Ces cicatrices encore visibles parsèment le quartier. Vitrines vides réhabilitées à la va-vite avec des bouts de rien et bâtiments à l’abandon n’attendant plus les ouvriers qui les fréquentaient. Au fil des années, ce quartier a vu arriver différentes populations venant des quatre coins de l’Europe et d’Afrique. D’abord pour le charbonnage, ensuite pour la sidérurgie. « La Meuse » est le fleuve qui sépare la ville en deux rives, la gauche est bordée par le quartier Saint Léonard.
Intimement lié a l’histoire de ce quartier, le bâtiment que j’ai visité lors de cette exploration est attenant à l’esplanade qui à été construite et achevée en 2006. Cette esplanade devenu espace de respiration et rencontre entre habitants avait auparavant une toute autre fonction, c’était là où se situait la prison de la ville. Animé par le désir d’exploration et la curiosité, j’ai exploré à plusieurs occasions ce site jusqu’à ce qu’il soit complètement inaccessible.
Durant mes visites, j’ai décidé de diviser mes captations en trois phases;
– ambiance sonore sans intervention
– ambiance sonores avec interventions dans l’espace
– recherche d’objets de toute taille me permettant de créer d’autres sons et séquences jeux.

(Ludovic Medery, January 2020)


released August 17, 2020

LOCATION : a disused factory in Liège.
50.6500253 N / 5.5840799 E

Sound recordings made with omnidirectional, cardioid and contact mics.
Additional electronic sounds made with analog synthesizer,
a ring modulator, a delay, and a feedback generator.

Mixed, assembled, and mastered by Ludovic Medery 2017-2020.

Additional art card, cover design & treatments by Daniel Crokaert.
Based exclusively on photos by Cathy Alvarez Valle & Ludovic Medery.


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