Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans’s works are out there! They have been performed in concert in Anderlecht, Beijing, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brussels, Corfu, Eupen, Havana, Huddersfield, Lisbon, Lyon, Mons, Montpellier, Montréal, Ohain, Pristina, Rome, Soignies, Stockholm, Thessaloniki and Vorst…

Cinema foley artist Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans’s passion for sound and listening pushed her to discover acousmatic music in 1984, at the 1st edition of the Festival acousmatique international L’Espace du son in Brussels (Belgium).

She had been drawn by the title of the event, and there she was thrilled to hear all the possibilities offered by acousmatics: the figurative meaning of space found in stereo works and the spatialized performance of acousmatic works in live settings, which she has been practising regularly since 1988.

After graduating in film editing from a cinema school (Institut supérieur des arts (INSAS)), she earned, under Annette Vande Gorne’s direction, a First Prize (1990) from the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and a graduate diploma in acousmatic composition (1993) from the Conservatoire royal de Mons.

While working her trade in the film world, Wyckmans applied sound creation to cinema, dance, television, video, and the theatre.

However, her main focus remains on electroacoustic and acousmatic composition, which she has taught in various Belgian arts colleges, including the Conservatoire royal de Mons / Arts2 — École supérieure des arts, the Institut des arts de diffusion (IAD), the Institut supérieur des arts (INSAS) and the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS).

Her works are a reflection of her interest in imaginary worlds, like the worlds transmitted by the radio, which she listens to daily, and she relays those worlds as imagined landscapes where iconic and transformed sounds act as land features orienting listeners’ mental representations. They also convey her ability — honed in her career as a foley artist — to make non-instrumental sounds speak, to make them expressive, to manipulate sound bodies with precision and a keen attention to the tiniest eloquent variations they can offer. Landscape recordings and play-sequences have become the cornerstones of her works.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

Rocourt (Belgium), 1954

Residence: Waterloo (Belgium)

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On the web

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans [Photo: Annette Vande Gorne, Ohain (Belgium), March 12, 2021]
Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans [Photo: Annette Vande Gorne, Ohain (Belgium), March 12, 2021]

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
November 20, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Voyage-mirages (2018), 7:56 Episode 1129 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)
September 25, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Voyage-mirages (2018), 7:56 Episode 1123 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)
September 25, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Voyage, voyage (2006), 2:54 Episode 1123 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)
June 5, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Ce qu’entend le noyé (2019), 9:59 tone.bender / HORADS 88,6 (Germany)
April 19, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Le parti flou des sons (2017), 8:43 The Langham Research Centre Show / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
February 19, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Indiedrome / Station Essence (France)
February 17, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Radio FMR 89.1 Toulouse (France)
February 17, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Indie Drome / Campus Grenoble 90.8 (France)
February 17, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Indie_drome / Éko des Garrigues 88.5 (France)
February 16, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Radio Dijon Campus 92.2 (France)
February 16, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Generation Bip Hop / Jet FM 91.2 (France)
February 15, 2022 Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans, Fin de crise (2021), 7:04 Indiedrome / Radio Panik 105.4 (Belgium)