Thanks to the Résonances Internet radio, the people of Conflent talk to the people of Conflent

Étienne Noiseau and Ariane Demonget have decided to make the living speak. Installed at Prades for several years they have been carrying out a cultural project centered on speech and radio, with the Conflent as their anchor point, a historic region of the present-day Pyrénées-Orientales. Since 2015, they have been deploying a special program there entitled “Résonances, le Conflent à nos oreille”.

“When we arrived in the region, we had an associative radio project because, apart from Radio Arrels, which broadcasts in Catalan, there are none in the department. But the life of an associative radio requires a lot of volunteers and that was a major obstacle to this project”, specifies Étienne Noiseau. “We decided to do it differently and move closer to a format similar to podcasts, even though the word was not as well known then as it is today. »

The volunteers are trained in sound recording by Étienne Noiseau and Ariane Demonget before leaving for the field to produce their report.
The volunteers are trained in sound recording by Étienne Noiseau and Ariane Demonget before leaving for the field to produce their report.

However, there is no question for the two Pradeans of falling into the traps observed elsewhere. Their ambition is to succeed in freeing themselves from the framework, in taking liberties with what it is, in theory, agreed to do in this kind of project. “Above all, we didn’t want to do classic journalism, we didn’t want to reproduce this model. The emphasis will therefore be placed on participation, that the inhabitants of the territory are actors and subjects in short.

A whole sound map of the region

“We have equipped ourselves with equipment that is easy to use by everyone and which nevertheless allows us to have good sound quality, stereo”, adds Ariane Demonget. We are then just after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The Ministry of Culture is launching the “Local Media” program to support diversity in the media landscape. This fund, which has since become the Local Social Information Media Support Fund, will be the short scale they needed to consolidate the adventure after a start without means.

So everything is open. “Interested persons contact us. We meet them, we discuss the project with them and we entrust them with the equipment so that they can record”, specifies Ariane Demonget. In five years, before the onset of Covid and the resulting disruption of social life, Résonances has accumulated dozens of sounds. Interviews, testimonials, ambient sounds make up a sound map of Conflent. And to go further, Ariane and Étienne organize public hearings.

Public listening, a new way of broadcasting

“People are used to going to the cinema, or to a concert, coming to a public place to listen to the radio, it’s very different, but each time it’s an opportunity for the perpetrators, the witnesses, to bouncing back, debating with the listeners. “And to feed the desires. Today, the project is also supported by the Pyrénées-Orientales department and is entering a new phase.

“The Covid has forced us to think. If broadcasting on the internet was not at the center of the project, we prefer public listening even if the sounds were put online as we went along, we have enough sounds today to ensure the broadcast and that’s that we worked during the Covid. “The two have also innovated, used the telephone for interviews on daily life during confinement, since created a group which will produce, once a month, a news program… The site has been redesigned, we can now browse by theme. And today, the participants, enthusiasts, are interested and are trained in sound editing.

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Thanks to the Résonances Internet radio, the people of Conflent talk to the people of Conflent


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