son et lumiere

son et lumière

[saw ney ly-myer]

Origin:
literally, sound and light

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son et lumière (ˈsɒn eɪ ˈluːmɪˌɛə, French sɔ̃n e lymjɛr)
 
n
an entertainment staged at night at a famous building, historical site, etc, whereby the history of the location is presented by means of lighting effects, sound effects, and narration
 
[French, literally: sound and light]

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son et lumiere

nighttime entertainment conceived by Paul Robert-Houdin, curator of the Chateau de Chambord on the Cosson River, France, where the first one was presented in 1952. Multicoloured lights of changing intensity are directed against the facade of a historic building or ruin. The changes of light are synchronized with a sound track (relayed through loudspeakers) carrying music and the dramatized story of the site. Usually, no live participants appear. Live effects such as smoke bombs or fireworks are occasionally used.

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