'Say Watt?' — A Multimedia Exhibit Honors the Sound System

'Say Watt?' — A Multimedia Exhibit Honors the Sound System

From June 21 until August 25, 2013, a cultural center called the Gaîté Lyrique will welcome visitors who wish to discover an important facet of the underground music scene — the sound system. In an exhibit called, 'Say Watt?,' the Gaîté Lyrique will present concerts, installations, videos, photographs and audio experiences that will transport spectators to a unique world of musical expression.

The term 'sound system' refers to a grouping of speakers and audio components that allow sound to be transmitted loudly in an open space. Usually, the sound system is somewhat portable, which means that it can follow the musician or speaker to any location. From rave parties to community gatherings, sound systems have facilitated widespread human communication and connection. Present in countries across the globe, an appreciation for the sound system is one thing that a variety of diverse cultures have in common.

To honor this technological achievement, the Gaîté Lyrique has planned activities such as a screening of the documentary-fiction 'Babylon,' which recounts the story of sound systems on the reggae scene in England during the Margaret Thatcher era. Other activities include a dance party with DJ crews and an audio workshop. Visitors can also enjoy the numerous art pieces installed around the center, which demonstrate the connection between music and visual art.

Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can explore this playful and informative exhibit by stopping by the Gaîté Lyrique in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. They can also check out the other events offered at this cultural center, which regularly organizes concerts, screenings, workshops and art exhibits revolving around uncommon themes.