Works Zones Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux

Zones

Zones was constructed from sounds made by several keyboard instruments, such as harpsichord, piano, organ and electronic keyboard instruments. The purpose was to arrive at a fusion of tone qualities by manipulating the original sounds in the same way. Four zones result from this, each with its own particular character. First the original sounds are filtered and modulated in a sort of gyratory rocking; then a pizzicato string sequence gives the second zone an iterative quality which could be represented graphically by a series of small points. The third zone is inhabited by a long sound, a kind of continuum of conversation; followed, in the fourth zone, by shock sounds whose resonances, rather than falling gradually, move in spirals. The whole work ends in a small coda in which the sustained and pointillistic elements return together.


Zones was realized from December 1971 to January 1972 in the Sonic Research Studio of Simon Fraser University (SFU) (Vancouver, BC) and premiered on March 25, 1972 during the Festival international d’Art contemporain (Royan, France).


Premiere

  • March 25, 1972, Festival international d’art contemporain, Royan (Charente-Maritime, France)

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