Version française | Last update : 2017/04/02
Hi, my name is Soic Miterne (my childhood’s nickname). I was born in Paris and I am living in Shanghai (China). This website is my private Cloud, I use it to save and share all my experimental video and musical works; this process of backup is became essential when my first cd-roms started to be unreadable.
The major content of this website is a photo-video diary chronicling the daily life of my friends and family in Paris (France) during the 2000’s, then in Shanghai (China) starting from 2014. A diary introducing animated-photos. In order to understand the timeline of this work, here are some key moments of my life :
80s – Beethoven, Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Bodoin
© Soic Miterne | My grand-father Lucien
I studied art in a conservatory and university thanks to inspiring professors (Pascal Bonafoux, Jean-Louis Boissier, Jean-Claude Moineau, James Durand, Nathalie Lecroc, Philippe Donadini, Serge Dutrieux, Julio Laks…); but everything started in family, where the art was omnipresent, in multiple shapes : my grand-father – an industrial designer and music lover – was a huge fan of Beethoven’s symphonies. My mother listen Elton John, Jacques Brel, George Brassens (french singers) and is a big fan of «Amadeus Mozart», the biopic directed by Milos Forman. My brother introduced three kind of music in my life : 60’s rock, jazz and Serge Gainsbourg (a french singer). My father likes the homemade sketch «le violoniste manchot» (“the violonist with one hand only”) and is the biggest fan of Jacques Bodoin (the “french Jerry Lewis”), a wonderful influence to love popular and mainstream productions.
1988 – Vinyls & Audio tapes – Ghetto blaster for teddy bear
© Soic Miterne | Myself in my room. On the left-top corner, my first vinyl & audio-tape recorder.
In 1988, I builded a real-fake tiny recording studio in my room. Like a radio host, I broadcast old records on vinyls, design fake ads and jingles, make up fictional shows, and record it on audio tapes. My teddy bear was my first fan.
1995 – CD-ROM, VHS & Playstation
© Soic | 1995
In 1995, I linked my Playstation with a video-tape recorder. I hijack pictures recorded on first CD-ROMs, mixed with various musics. I discovery the power of music : it could be the best friend (or greatest enemy) of visuals.
1998 – Jazz Manouche & Bossa Nova
© Soic | Raphaël Faÿs at Franc Pinot, Paris, October 2000
In 1998, I discovered the virtuoso music of Django Reinhardt and the crazy harmonies of Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Getz/Gilberto” album, 1963). An incredible aesthetic shock, may be the bigger in my life.
1999 – Pentium, 3D & Digital Photography
© Soic Miterne | Video screenshot (work in progress)
In 1999, after the peculiar period of «Dance Club» compilations (the dark side of french music), I bought my first personal computer with Pentium CPU, the software LightWave 3D, and one of the first digital camera available on the mainstream market. Thanks this new combinaison of technics, I made my first tests on 3D, many videos including photo-animations in stop-motion (photos taken with a “high-speed serial pictures” function) and several other musical slideshows made with photographs taken day-to-day. During 5 years, my friends, my family and all my daily life become my favorite topic.
2001 – Nan Goldin exhibition in Paris (Centre Pompidou)
© Centre Pompidou 2001, Photography : Nan Goldin (c) Nan Goldin Studio
In 2001, I discovered the work of Nan Goldin during a retrospective orginazed by Le Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (Le feu follet, 11th october – 10th december 2001). Second bigger aesthetic shock. Fully hypnotised, I crossed the exhibition several times, to watch (and re-watch) all photos and slideshows. In tribute to Nan Goldin, I made a slideshow named « Ballad of Sexual Independency ».
2001 – Vjing at Nouveau Casino & La Java (Paris)
© Soic Miterne | I am what I am – VJing at Nouveau Casino & La Java, Paris, 2001
In 2001, after one of my first photo-animation, Philippe Donadini (artist and professor) offer to me to broadcast some videos during collective exhibitions. A great opportunity to experiment VJing, in two clubs in Paris : La Java and Nouveau Casino.
2002 – Mixtapes for restaurant (Pompougnac country style)
In 2002, the manager of Le Saint-Hubert (a french bistrot) needed a music selection. He said to me : « Make me a big playlist, like the Dj Pompougnac, but in the country style ». Convinced, I proposed some mixtapes specially made to «serve proudly the calf’s head». All customers – ofen drunk – will be sensible to this musical proposal, mixing Johann Sebastian Bach, Cypress Hill, Charles Baudelaire, Louis-Ferdinand Céline or Vincent Van Gogh.
2012 – Electronic Music rediscovery
In 2012, my friend introduced to me the music of Burial, Four Tet and several other artists from the deutch & english electro music scene. The same year, I met a member of GNG, an electronica-pop group from MonsterK7 label. He shared with me his love for the underground electro music scene. As a spectator, I lived my first electro-music experience at Le 6B (an art laboratory at Saint-Denis, near to Paris), at « Villette Sonique » (an electro music festival in Paris), and at Le Grand Palais during the special event « We Love Dynamo ». The music of James Blake, Mouse on Mars, Erol Alkan, Gesaffelstein and Richie Hawtin, in particular, has opened new musical perspective in my mind.
2013 – Tracktor & House parties
In 2013, a friend and co-worker told me about Tracktor, a powerful and useful software dedicated to music mix. I sarted to mix up my favorite tracks, explore mashups and other sample experiments. The «participative» potential of this soft gave me an idea to enjoy with my friends : organize the Monster Sound System, parties included open playlists and free acces to the soft. In sets completly improvised, guests mix their own sounds in live, which made dramatic scenes of mass hysteria.
2015 – Dj Set in Shanghai – Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster (SAGB)
© Soic Miterne | Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster cover party. Photo by Keint
Since 2015, I joined the SAGB Shanghai Crew (Super Attractive Ghetto Blaster); a French collective well know in Shanghai to organize the Afterworks parties every Thursday at The Cut Steak & Fries Shanghai, a restaurant rooftop based on the 7th floor of the IAPM Mall (Huaihai Lu). The “Boombox” is icon of the party, the sound is warm and chill out at the beginning (8:00pm / 10:00pm), and turns more and more onto a “night club warm up” starting from 11pm to 1:30am. With a very eclectic music selection, guests-oriented, the goal of the SAGB Crew is to make people dancing and have fun with the audience, exactly like in a house party.
2016 – Bar Rouge Shanghai x SAGB Party
Bar Rouge Shanghai x SAGB Video Teaser. Video by François S. AKA Soic Miterne
In May 2016, the full SAGB Team was back in town and took over the club Bar Rouge Shanghai (VOL Group China). 5 Djs for 8 Hours of party, making the people on the Bund 18 dancing until 7 am. It was the biggest Bar Rouge’s party of the year 2016, in sales and revenues (for the period between January and May 2016). More information