Francis Dhomont


  • Francis Dhomont
  • Year of composition: 1989, 2005
  • Duration: 12:43
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: SMCQ, with support from the CCA

To Annette Vande Gorne

These “Chronicles” are an impressionistic sonic version of visual elements — an undoubtedly metaphorical act — a personal daydream of light based on a concept by Montréal visual artist Luc Courchesne.

With sound transpositions of luminous phenomena, natural rays or multiple artefacts, Chroniques de la lumière is comprised of three movements: Miroitements (Shimmers), Artifices, Météores (Meteors) or, if one prefers: adagio, allegro, presto-finale.

Météores proceeds by a progressive increase of elements, by slow accumulation, an increase of density, and a reinforcement of the sensation of speed and kinetic energy.

A progression is articulated, not only from slow to fast, but also from calm to agitated, from somber to clear, from piano to forte, from static to mobile, from simple to complex.

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Chroniques de la lumière (thus Météores) was realized at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 26, 1989, at the Doppler Concert of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) at the Spectrum in Montréal. Chroniques de la lumière was first released on the Halogènes compact disc produced by the Université de Montréal on the UMMUS-Actuelles label (UMM C 101). Météores was selected by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) for the 1990 World Music Days in Oslo (Norway), and by the 1993 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC ’93) in Tokyo (Japon). Many of the sounds were realized at Studio 123 and with the Syter real-time sound synthesis system of the Ina-GRM (Paris, France). Special thanks to Bénédict Mailliard, Yann Geslin and Daniel Teruggi for their invaluable advice. Chroniques de la lumière was commissioned by the SMCQ and realized with support from the Canada Council [for the Arts] (CCA). Météores was slightly modified in its proportions in 2005 and thus is a new version.