Nicolas Bazoge is an intermedia designer and performer.
His research focuses on issues of transdisciplinarity and hybridization in the context of stage performance.
His activities are dedicated to the creation of immersive and semi-improvised experiences aimed at promoting a multisensory and introspective listening to music through original visual and scenographic devices.
In parallel with the Nola's key project and his artistic creations within his association EGZOA, he regularly collaborates with professional theater, dance and music companies as a light designer, visual artist and light scenographer.
After graduating in 2004 from the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle (ISTS) in Avignon, Nicolas joined the following year the team of the Centre Dramatique National de Bretagne in Lorient where he worked for 12 years as a lighting director and lighting assistant for numerous directors (Éric Vigner, Arthur Nauziciel, Madeleine Louarn, Christophe Honoré, etc.). as well as touring theatres in France and abroad (Théâtres de l'Odéon, du Rond-Point, de Versailles, Théâtres Nationaux de Strasbourg, de Chaillot, de New-Delhi in India, etc.). He also creates lights for companies and directors in residence such as Chloé Dabert, Tommy Millot or Marc Lainé.
From childhood, in the early 90s, he began to express his musical sensibility through compositions on guitar and synthesizer. After three traumatic years of learning classical guitar in the municipal school of his village, it is as an autodidact that he will pursue his instrumental quest. The democratization of CAM (Computer Assisted Music) in the early 2000s confirmed this choice and opened an exciting path towards DIY and self-production.
In 2005, he launches his artistic project Nola's key which first takes the form of a website on which he gathers and broadcasts his musical compositions, as well as remixes and graphic works. This project progressively evolves towards the creation of live performances combining musical experiments, lighting concepts and video/scenographic works.
In 2006, he created a buzz among Placebo fans by publishing a mashup entitled Vivre son histoire ("Living our story") composed from instrumental samples of the band and an interview in French with singer Brian Molko. Noticed and broadcasted on RTL2 by the host Francis Zégut, the title reaches the band's ears and they decide to use it for the opening sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour.
Since 2007, he has been collaborating with various theatre and contemporary dance companies, including the company Le Pôle, for which he creates the soundtracks for stage creations, as well as the music for certain in situ performances that he performs live.
In September 2016, he resumes a Master's degree in Arts and Digital Technologies at the University of Rennes 2 during which he works under the direction of Bruno Bossis on questions of intermediality and hybridization in stage performance and the performing arts (field of digital performance studies).
Within the framework of this curriculum, he proposes in March 2018 a musical performance (Vis Insita - Principe) using an optical motion capture device to control sound and light through movement. This project will give rise to a publication for the NIME (New Interface for Musical Expression) conference that he will present in June 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In spring 2019, he creates the association EGZOA based in Lorient (France, 56) in order to continue this work, to carry the Vis Insita project, and to allow in a general way the creation, the promotion and the diffusion of his artistic projects.
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Nola's key is an intermedia project, both visual and musical, created in 2005 by Nicolas Bazoge.
It initially took the form of an animated website gathering original studio compositions, remixes and graphic works.
It gradually evolved into performances combining live music, lighting concept and video/scenographic work.
The heart of the project lies in a personal relationship between the performing arts and technologies in order to encourage the emergence of singular forms capable of arousing in the spectator a deep, attentive and contemplative listening of the music.
Noticed in 2006 by the rock band Placebo which used the mashup Vivre son histoire for the opening sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour, Nola's key continued its journey through its own musical landscapes, in a desire to combine the accessibility of pop, the independent spirit of rock and the infinite creative perspectives of electronics and digital.
Beyond the intrinsic possibilities of new technologies, the challenge for Nicolas lies in the encounter (physical or mental) with the spectator or listener in the heart of an extra-ordinary universe, proper to introspection and self-questioning.
It is with a total freedom, independently of the confining notions of musical genres artistic disciplines, that
Nola's key draws its substance.
An enigmatic, dark and cinematographic universe, that only Nola has the key to.
Vis Insita - Musical, visual and kinetic performance
Creation of the association EGZOA
Vis Insita (Principe) - Musical, visual and kinetic performance
../MUTE (with video mapping et scenography)
e-Vox - Musical performance and participatory verbal experimentation
../MUTE - Multi-instrumental performance alone on stage
Wondergen - Autoproduced album
Insides - First live concept of Nola's key
Metting with Katell Hartereau and Léonard Rainis from the contemporary dance company Le pôle.
Composition of soundtracks and live performances
Vivre son histoire - Mashup used by the rock band Placebo for the openning sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour.
Creation of Nola's Key
Realization of an animated website now inaccessible following the stop in December 2020 of the development of the Adobe Flash plugin. Yet this was the key...