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September 26, 2010

Saturday Around Les Halles

by soundlandscapes

I was out sound hunting yesterday around Les Halles at Châtelet.

No sooner had I got there than a manifestation hove into view.

It was a manifestation to mark La Journée Mondiale des Sourds, literally – World Day of the Deaf. More particularly, it was to promote the use of sign language in everyday life. The irony didn’t escape me. Here was I trying recording an almost completely silent manifestation. As with most manifestations in Paris it was all very good natured and everyone was enjoying themselves but there was none of the usual chanting, shouting and singing. What the participants lacked in making sound they more than made up for in the use of signing which was very enthusiastic..

The manifestation was not completely devoid of sound though. These guys were having fun beating their drum.

And all this was taking place in the shadow of the magnificent Eglise Saint Eustache.

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