A immersive sound visit in Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte text by Runzhou Sun

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I recently visited the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte which was established by Nicolas Fouqet and is the fruit of the collaboration of three famous artists of the Great Century : Landscape gardener André Le Nôtre, architect Louis Le Vau and painter-decorator Charles Le Brun. The château inspired the style of other castles in Europe and has become the model of a perfect harmony between landscape and architecture since 17th century.

From May 6th 2019, Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte proposes  a new visitor guide using  technology that allows the visitors to immerse themselves in the history of Grand siècle through a stereo surround soundtrack. Visitors are invited to discover the epic moments of the life of Nicolas Fouquet via this sound system : the plot hatched by Colbert and Louis XIV against Fouquet, the sumptuous party with Molière, La Fontaine and Vatel, the arrest of Fouquet by d’Artagnan etc. In addition,the details of sound atmosphere such as the whispers of the guests, the rustling of the costumes make the visitors feel as if as if they were a fly on the wall observing these scenes.

“We are convinced that the discovery of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in 3D sound is an excellent way to pass on history to all audiences, especially those who are far from cultural offers. It is essential to develop initiatives intended for a diverse audience” said Ascanio de Vogüé, général director and co-owner of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. This is the first time that a device like this has been deployed in a castle in France.