La marée Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • CeReNeM

Prix Opus 2013-14: Disque de l’année

… une acuité rare dans ces compositions de musique de chambre. Présent continu, France

… the magic residing more in the frictional spontaneity of a theatre of operations […] providing some fascinating terrain for our continued exploration. The Sound Projector, UK

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay is one of those artists who always succeeds in climbing to the next level. On this fourth released on empreintes DIGITALes, the composer does not present one, but two discs featuring over 80 minutes of exciting mixed music. The compositions explore the relationship between the loudspeaker and bass clarinet, soprano voice, piano, and also with invented instruments: Baschet-Malbos piano and Babel table. On this visceral release, the composer brilliantly succeeds to upturn the expectations of the listener: from simplicity to complexity, from calmness to chaotic distortion, from consonance to dissonance, the virtuoso of real-time processing brings the listener in a living tide of sound.

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Disc 1

Disc 2

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La marée

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

Sarah Nicolls, Heather Roche, Peyee Chen

Notices

About La marée

All the pieces on this album are mixed-music where the soloist has a complex dynamic with its antagonist, the loudspeaker: a dialogue all made of power games. This uneven relationship is reminiscent of the fragility of sandcastles and other human constructions with their daily facing of the patience of the elements. Are these ephemeral joys many revenges over the ineluctable?

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay [ix-13]

Thanks

I would like to thank Claudine, Maxime and Édouard Levasseur, without whom this music would make no sense, and Jean-François Denis, Sylvain Pohu, and Stewart Worthy for their unconditional support.

Obviously, a mixed-music album would not exist without the generosity of the performers throughout the composition, premiere and recording periods; an immense thanks to Peyee Chen, Jean-François Laporte, Wilhem Latchoumia, Sarah Nicolls, and Heather Roche.

I would also like to thank, for their judicious comments during the production of this album, Monty Adkins, Dominique Bassal, Nicolas Bernier, Alex Bonney, Alex Harker, Nicolas Stephan, and Dominic Thibault.

Finally, this album has been made possible by the support of the CeReNeM of the University of Huddersfield (England, UK).

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay [viii-13]

Realization and Post-production

All the works were realized in the composer’s studio and the studios of the University of Huddersfield (England, UK). Once recorded, they were edited and mixed by the composer in the studios of the University of Huddersfield in June and July 2013, and mastered by Dominique Bassal in Montréal (Québec) in August 2013.

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Images

  • Jean-François Denis is receiving (on behalf of Pierre Alexandre Tremblay visible on the big screen) the Prix Opus 2013-14 “Album of the year — actuelle and electroacoustic musics” at the 18th Gala des Prix Opus at Salle Bourgie in Montréal. The hosts of the event are Pierre Vachon and Stanley Péan [Photo: Anis Hammoud — CQM, Montréal (Québec), February 1, 2015]
    Jean-François Denis is receiving (on behalf of Pierre Alexandre Tremblay visible on the big screen) the Prix Opus 2013-14 “Album of the year — actuelle and electroacoustic musics” at the 18th Gala des Prix Opus at Salle Bourgie in Montréal. The hosts of the event are Pierre Vachon and Stanley Péan [Photo: Anis Hammoud — CQM, Montréal (Québec), February 1, 2015]

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