Chroniques d’une séduction Jacques Tremblay

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Prix Opus 2008-09: Disque de l’année — Finaliste

Tremblay’s ingenuity is almost limitless in this extended work, which has an extremely rich soundworld; opening up to the listener, layer after layer. Sonoloco Record Reviews, Sweden

Det sista verket Empathies entropiques (1998-2001) som är uppdelad i åtta stycken imponerar mest. Sound of Music, Sweden


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Chroniques d’une séduction

Jacques Tremblay


Between Intrigue and Fascination

he main theme running through all three of the works included on this CD is otherness. Each piece illustrates different facets of this theme.

O the irony! As I try to fold back around my memories, my ability to focus is suddenly challenged by my noisy neighbour going by and talking loudly into his cell phone headset.

The noise of this undesired speech immediately ties up my memory. This foreign tongue and its strong accents are heckling me. However, I persist in writing, which soon relegates the surrounding audio flow to the background. Since I cannot grasp the meaning of the words, my neighbour’s conversation becomes beat, movement, pace. And my listening finds purchase on the musicality of the sound.

Later, when I resume my active listening, I realize that elsewhere in the background, over my head in fact, the patrons of the fruit store are ‘pacing around,’ influenced by the ebb of a radio, whose sound reaches me through the floor/ceiling in a highly-filtered form.

Finally, further in the background is an animated layer of vehicle sounds pulsated by the clock mounted on the wall… An Arabian song comes from a car, panning from left to right… Multiplicity is here and now and… My attitude hesitates between shutting it all out or marveling at it.

I listen… looking from the inside out… and rather than closing itself up, my perception tries to feed off these sonic imprints.

The above sums up pretty well how I found my pace in realizing these works. My vision extrapolated into numerous ramifications along the way. My attention still thought it was focusing on a familiar sound, but it was actually slipping into the chronicles of intrigue and fascination. And for this experience, the ‘I’ becomes the ‘other.’ And being able to dissociate oneself from it is strangely fascinating.

Isn’t that part of the Other’s seductive power? This very otherness holds the power to awake us, dust down our old ready-to-ware suits/ideas, initiating a new fresh attitude toward astonishment and discovery.

Jacques Tremblay [English translation: François Couture, viii-08]

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