The Carrousel Musical (Musical Merry-Go-Round)

Saintes’ Abbaye aux Dames, cité musicale, wrote a new chapter of its history with the creation of the Carrousel Musical. This musical ride is the very first of its kind. It is a completely innovative way to introduce visitors to music, and is ideal for all audiences. With a poetic, fairground dimension, the Carrousel Musical is an extraordinary, stimulating ride that calls upon the senses of touch, hearing and sight. It is a new approach to music.

The Carrousel Musical, a fun, sensory approach to music.

Sheltering under a vast shell of silvery mirrors, an immense ‘Bazilik’* houses, in its body, a gigantic digital instrumentarium that is truly one of a kind. The Carrousel Musical invites you to experiment with bows, harps, electro-acoustic instruments and vocal cords. The ride ends in the collective production of an interactive piece. With a poetic, fairground dimension, the Carrousel Musical is an extraordinary, stimulating ride that calls upon the senses of touch, hearing and sight. It is a new approach to music.

*In reference to the basilisk, one of the mythical creatures of the Roman bestiary.

Prices:
€3 per ride
€10 for four rides
Acoustic Journey + Musical Merry-Go-Round combo ticket: €9

Merry-Go-Round opening hours: See the detailed calendar

The Carrousel Musical, a one-of-a-kind innovation

The invention of the Carrousel Musical was groundbreaking: it is the first in the world. It was also created completely from scratch, from its design to its construction. The Carrousel Musical uses digital technology and specially developed software that interprets notes and sounds.

The Carrousel Musical: collective poetic and musical work (chapter 3 of Musicaventure)
Construction: Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale, Saintes
Project management: Odile Pradem-Faure, Frédéric Saint-Pol
Creation of the Carrousel Musical: AG STUDIO (François Guiguet – Yasmina Boudhar – Ariane Francescato) /
METALOBIL (Freddy Bernard – Frédéric Gardan – François Chesnot)
Engineering design, construction, installation: METALOBIL (Freddy Bernard – Frédéric Gardan – François Chesnot)
Development of the interactive musical experience/creation of the instruments: BLUE YETI (Jean-Michel Couturier)
Musical composition: Jean-Michel Couturier, Jean-Michael Celerier, Gregory Cosenza, Anne Morata, Catherine Contour
Visitor experience development/multimedia-tracking: MODULO DIGITAL (Jean de la Roche)
Praxinoscope design, production: METALOBIL/MODULO DIGITAL (Jean de la Roche, Frédéric Gardan)
Light project design: Christophe Renaud
Costume design and manufacturing: PLEAT-IT (Sarah Bois)
3D designer and perspectives: AG STUDIO – Julien Pinard