After Tylacine in 2019, the Palace of Versailles has invited the electronic music composer Saycet to compose a piece inspired by the Palace’s unique sound universe, instruments and acoustics. For seven days and seven nights, the composer reworked his piece “Solaris” in the Palace to create “Messa Solaris”, an original track and clip, available on all streaming platforms from 8 June 2021.
Discover the video clip on the YouTube channel of the Palace of Versailles, with a premiere on 7 June at 8pm. An electronic track composed for Versailles:
AN ELECTRONIC TRACK INSPIRED BY VERSAILLES
To compose his “Messa Solaris”, Saycet immersed himself in the universe of the Palace for seven days. His inspiration came directly from the setting, and, accompanied by the organist Alexandra Bartfeld and the vocal ensemble Les Métaboles, he was able to capture the acoustics of the different rooms of the Palace, each one carrying its own sonority: the Royal Chapel, the Gabriel Staircase, the Gallery of Battles or the Hall of Mirrors. The track “Messa Solaris” has electronic sonorities and is an ode to the Palace of Versailles. The organ of the Chapel represents the key melody line and is set at the heart of the composition. The track’s accompanying clip was shot entirely by night at the Palace of Versailles.
Saycet’s career may seem unusual, but it has been running very smoothly, with a focus on the fulfilment of his career as a musician, composer and producer. In the past 15 years, Saycet has composed relentlessly: three albums to date and a fourth one coming out in the Autumn of 2021, original soundtracks for feature films, series and plays, as well as for exhibition trailers. This singular evolution has turned Saycet into a staple composer on the French electronic music scene.
A podcast will be available on all steaming platforms from 18 June and will allow you to go behind the scenes to discover this collaboration.
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