Vox Alia I — Affetti

Annette Vande Gorne

Vox Alia I — Affetti

  • Annette Vande Gorne
  • Year of composition: 1992-2000
  • Duration: 21:22
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T9006322903

Is it because it is the signature, the audible trace by which each living being identifies itself and by which it marks others and detects their intentions? The voice remains the prime emotional and musical vehicle. It is the ancestral medium of all direct communication.

Vox Alia I — Affetti [known until 2022 as Vox Alia] is a suite of five short studies based on the voice which, via electroacoustic processing, retains the traces of the melodic, rhythmic and timbral qualities of this marvelous medium so immediately at the service of a particular character or feeling.

Giocoso, which mixes vocal music from every non-European continent with the ‘Western past,’ is constructed in binary form and is contrasted and reinforced by eight-channel composition. Amoroso attempts the experience of an ornamental and contrapuntal compositional style, in the perspective of sound as well as space, using a Gregorian phrase for template. Innocentemente rediscovers immediate temporality with its contrasting, elusive nature and the diffuse, internal sense of space of childhood. Furioso eructates its violence within a linear and directed space with rising, rhythmical, explosive energy. Parola volante is a short tribute to Pierre Schaeffer’s revolutionary thinking on sound, its morphological description, its perception in reduced listening, its contribution to space, in a few sentences using Schaeffer’s voice. This polyphonic composition is reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach, a great favourite of Schaeffer’s.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-07]

Vox Alia I — Affetti was realized from 1992 to 2000 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) with sound material obtained from the SYTER and MARS systems of Ina-GRM. The first movement Lamento, not reproduced on the disc Exils, premiered on October 29, 1992 during the “Binary Era, New Interactions” exhibition at the Museum of Ixelles (Brussels, Belgium). Giocoso premiered on June 20, 1996 at Théâtre de L’L (Brussels, Belgium). Amoroso and Innocentemente were premiered on April 10, 1998 during the Cycle acousmatique produced by Ina-GRM in the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). Furioso premiered on October 18, 2000 during the international acousmatic festival L’Espace du son at the Chapelle de Boondael (Brussels. Belgium). The complete work — including Parola volante — premiered on September 9, 2001 at Centre culturel de Rixensart (Genval, Belgium). The piece was commissioned by the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) (Paris). Thanks to François Bayle and Daniel Terrugi.

Known until 2022 as Vox Alia the work is now titled Vox Alia I — Affetti, the first of three works in the cycle Vox Alia (1992-2023).


  • September 9, 2001, Under the title Vox Alia: Concert, Centre culturel de Rixensart, Genval (Belgium)