De la fenêtre

Roxanne Turcotte / Étienne Lalonde

De la fenêtre

“May the Heavens in its place put windows
I am not lying in this bed without danger
I paint bodies in red
May the Heavens in its place put windows
To provide some light
Since in this moment from the emptiness in your eyes
One could think
That you are not breathing in the same place as I do”

Étienne Lalonde [English translation: François Couture]

The outside looks different when you look at it from a window. It is not always as you imagine. And our inner windows so accurately describe the feelings related to them. A country, a culture, ideals, small beings like cats and birds, and then magnificent landscapes out of our imagination. Autumn sounds and summer breeze. I am exploring a “sonarium” full of musical gardens. I am listening to the never-before-heard words of our subconscious. A man and a woman are having a conversation on a Sunday. A window opens on a world from which strange openings pop up, openings like incredibly light doors, a destiny, an unexpected desire…

[English translation: François Couture, iv-14]

De la fenêtre [From the Window] was realized in 2010-12 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal. A first installation version (sculpture by Marc Larochelle) was presented on March 10, 2011 during the concert Électro-chocs 4: Travaux électroniques féminins in the Studio multimédia of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and the concert version premiered on March 21, 2014 during the 3rd Festival of New Music Now Hear This produced by New Music Edmonton (Canada). This work was commissioned by Étienne Lalonde (author of Les yeux crevés du soleil, an excerpt of which is integrated to De la fenêtre). Recorded voices: Céline Bonnier and Pierre Lebeau; sound engineer: Louis Dufort; Studio Sigma, Montréal. A nod to the installation Sonarium (2006) realized in collaboration with André Hamel and Diane Labrosse. Thanks to Martin Bédard.


  • March 21, 2014, Now Hear This 2014: Semi / Conductor: a concert of electronic works, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)