Gilles Azzaro is a French digital artist, but his works are unlike anything we have seen -or heard. He creates 3D images of voices. To better define his work, he calls himself a “Voice Sculptor”.
Gilles Azzaro, always interested in sound and technology, designs sculptures that you can hear with a laser system. The sculptures are produced with cutting-edge technologies. The sculptures, which appear as very beautiful sights at first glance, are in fact structures consisting of sound waves.
Azzaro was born in 1966, in Casablanca, France. He was interested in music and especially drums since he was 17 years old. He integrated MidiDrum System in Carcassonne (France) and worked on the development of the first digital drum machines.
When he was in university, he began wondering the invisibility of sound and how sound moves through space.
Gilles Azzaro set out to devise a system for materializing sound as if the sound was in fact visible. The project intensified and in 2006, Gilles received the IP “Matérialisation Tridimensionnelle en Déplacement de Formes Sonores / et ou Vidéo dans l’Espace”.
In 2006, he produced his first works, a series of jewellery including laser engravings of 3D sound recordings.
In 2007, he devised a new architectural concept that identified the forms of buildings with sound prints: words and expressions can design buildings and towns.
In 2011, he organized his first exhibition “The Vision of a Sparkling Voice” – a collection of digital works containing audio recordings of phrases spoken by leading figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition was interactive and by scanning the paintings, visitors could hear the voices and follow the progression of the 3D representation of the voices on their smartphones.
The exhibition was displayed at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and the 104 galleries in Paris following a request from the Arts and Culture Pompidou Centre.
In 2012 he also created the first voice sculpture with the words that sums up his art: “Pas une personne ne chante comme une autre, on peut comparer la voix aux empreintes digitales” (no one person sings like another, a voice is like a fingerprint).