Works Maurice Blackburn, ou portrait d’un méconnu Yves Daoust

Maurice Blackburn, ou portrait d’un méconnu

  • Yves Daoust
  • Year of composition: 1982, 95
  • Duration: 27:28
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Musique de Canadiens — Société Radio-Canada (SRC)

I received a commission for this ‘sound portrait’ from the French FM Network of Radio-Canada for its series Musique de Canadiens. The original 1982 version lasted one hour. Apart from the interviews, it included long excerpts from several of the most important soundtracks by Maurice Blackburn, which do not figure in the present [1995] revised version. Its form is very simple: an interview with the composer relates his career in an almost perfect chronological order. The interview is interspersed with re-enactments of various sorts (improvisation with sound toys or instruments he has invented, talks with Norman McLaren, commented showing of films on which he has worked…). In the background one can hear excerpts of his compositions entangled together. I voluntarily kept a distance and manipulated the sound as little as possible, except for the editing. I tried to remain as close as possible to the technical means at the disposal of Blackburn, and to the processes he preferred the most. It was the best tribute I could pay him.

Yves Daoust [English translation: Denyse Therrien, i-96]

With the voices of Marthe Blackburn, Maurice Blackburn, Norman McLaren, Louise Bail-Millot, Olivier Rochon (child).


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