Soundpainting at EPFL - Experiemental Performance


Event details

Date and time 19.02.2020 18:0019:30  
Place and room
Speaker Walter Thompson et un orchestre de 17 étudiants de l’EPFL et de l’UNIL
Category Cultural events

Music and cinema: the perfect marriage! This union is made even more extraordinary when an “orchestra”, comprised of 17 students from EPFL and UNIL, improvises musical accompaniment to silent films or a dialogue with visual artists.

This unique orchestra will be directed by internationally renowned musician Walter Thompson, inventor of soundpainting (also known as the art of “real-time composition”). Created in 1974 in Woodstock, New York, soundpainting is a sign language integrating nearly 1,600 gestures. The language establishes communication between a soundpainter, or composer, and performers who respond with improvised artistic proposals.

At EPFL, these dynamic and choreographic encounters will reflect the different student associations – music, dance, theatre, cinema, video – present on campus. They will also provide a unique opportunity to strengthen the cohesion between different forms of artistic expression.

Don’t miss these two soundpainting events, to be held in Pavilion A of the ArtLab building:

  • Silent Cinema & Improvisation
    Tuesday, February 18th at 6pm

    Improvised accompaniments to three silent films:
    - One Week by Buster Keaton (1920)
    - Entr’acte by René Clair (1924)
    - Le voyage dans la lune by Georges Méliès (1902)
  • Experimental Soundpainting Performance
    Wednesday, February 19th at 6pm
Free admission / free performances / all audiences

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • EPFL CdH culture, Musical (AGEPoly), Cinéclubs UNIL/EPFL, Constance Frei (prof. ass. en musicologie UniL / EPFL)


  • Virginie Martin