In the morning never shave the antennas (Jean Cocteau)

At once music composer (Un Drame Musical Instantané which with he records about 30 albums, as well as for movies, theater, dance, radio), film director (La Nuit du Phoque, Sarajevo a Street Under Siege, The Sniper), multimedia author (Carton, Machiavel, Alphabet), sound designer (exhibitions, CD-Roms, websites, Nabaztag rabbit, etc.), founder of record label GRRR, and novel writer, Jean-Jacques Birgé conceives a passion for images and sounds, and particularly for their potential to produce sense and create emotions.
His researches deal with generativity and interactivity which offer the player to discover each time a new interpretation. His soundscapes for exhibitions-shows (Grande Halle de La Villette, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, Osaka and Omuta in Japan...) also present spaces in perpetual movement.

Moviemaker by training, inveterate improviser, apostle of collective work, specialist of synthesis music instruments, initiator of the return of live music on silent movies, artistic director, Birgé considers sound as a counterpoint to pictures and dialogue, an extraordinary off-stage landscape and a wide opened window to imagination.
Besides his daily blog, Birgé writes in many magazines and teaches the relation between sound and pictures.

Main artworks
Film La nuit du phoque, 1974
Record Défense de, with Birgé Gorgé Shiroc, 1975
20 albums (LP & CD) with Un Drame Musical Instantané, 1976-2008
Film Le sniper, 1993
Exhibition/Show Il était une fois la fête foraine, Grande Halle de La Villette, with Raymond Sarti, 1995
CD Établissement d'un ciel d'alternance with Michel Houellebecq, 1996 (published 2006)
Enhanced-CD Carton, with Bernard Vitet, 1997
Enhanced-CD Machiavel, with Antoine Schmitt, 1998
CD-Rom Alphabet, with Frédéric Durieu et Murielle Lefèvre, 1999
Interactive websites: LeCiestBleu with Frédéric Durieu, Somnambules and with Nicolas Clauss, 2000-2008
Musical game La pâte à son, with F.Durieu, 2004
Blog, 4000 articles (on Mediapart since 2010), 2005-2019
Opera for 100 smart rabbits Nabaz'mob, with A.Schmitt, 2006-2014
Radio Drame, 81 only online albums, 156 hours of free music, 2010-2019
La corde à linge, novel (ePub), 2011
Leonardo da Vinci's Dream Machine for iPad, with N.Clauss, 2012
USA 1968 deux enfants, novel for iPad, 2014
Boum ! for iPad and Androïd, with Mikaël Cixous, 2015
Exhibition Carambolages at Grand Palais, with Jean-Hubert Martin, 2016
Web-serie Prévert Exquis, 2017
Long Time No Sea, cd by trio El Strøm, 2017
CD The 100th Anniversary, 2018

Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction Digital Musics, Grand Prix Möbius International, twice Prix SACD Interactive Creation, Prix SCAM Best Internet Site, Prix Centre Pompidou Flash Festival, Prix de la Creation New Medias in Videoformes, Seoul Net Festival Special Jury Award, Prix Ars Electronica Net Vision / Net Excellence Honorary Mention, twice Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award Special Mention, Grand Prix Stratégies, Award of the Best Francophone Project Cross Video Days TV5 Monde, Special Jury Ehon Award, British Academy Award of Film & TV Arts (BAFTA), Locarno Jury Award, Victoires de la Musique Nomination, etc.

Last live shows with Amandine Casadamont,
Vincent Segal, Antonin-Tri Hoang, Alexandra Grimal, Fanny Lasfargues, Edward Perraud, Birgitte Lyregaard, Linda Edsjö, Médéric Collignon, Julien Desprez, Pascal Contet, Francis Gorgé...
Last participations include Musée du Louvre, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Grand Palais, Panthéon and Palais de Tokyo...

Jean-Jacques Birgé is born in Paris in 1952 where he is still living.

Website created in 1997 / Last update : tuesday, 28th january 2020 / French Daily Blog / © Jean-Jacques BIRGÉ / / Credits