Valeurs d’ombre

Patrick Ascione

Valeurs d’ombre

  • Patrick Ascione
  • Year of composition: 1986
  • Duration: 25:19
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T0030524527

To my parents

This composition arises in part from the forms employed and from the confrontation of sequences between the formal units in an attempt to establish, by the opposition of diverse sections, a situation of tension from which should emerge a significant form of discourse whose meaning can only become apparent after such a necessary approach.

A slow metamorphosis in successive strata and waves of sound material evolving towards an intricacy of constituent elements before reaching a point where an increasingly perceptible dramatic decor is established with, in conclusion, the liberation of the accompanying forces and their collapse.

Valeurs d’ombre (Values of the Shadow) represents the exploration of a somber region of dark sonorities of the electroacoustic palette, and is also therefore a quest for the light. The juxtaposition of these zones, which, although desolate in appearance, are nonetheless distinguished by their plurality of relative values, was the principle objective of the work.

Valeurs d’ombre was commissioned by the Ina-GRM. The work was realized in November 1986 at the studios of the Ina-GRM and premiered on January 21, 1987 in the Studio 105 of Maison de Radio France (Paris, France) as part of the Cycle acousmatique series.


  • January 21, 1987, Cycle acousmatique 1987: Concert, Studio 105 Charles Trenet — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)