Zone d’exclusion

Roxanne Turcotte

Zone d’exclusion

  • Roxanne Turcotte
  • Year of composition: 2013, 14
  • Duration: 4:34
  • Instrumentation: shakuhachi and fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9155141756

Fukushima, March 11, 2011: earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster… Still unstable to this day. An unpredicted wave over history. Lives wasted by earth that shook until it made the irreparable aspect of human stupidity leak out. A country devastated by the catastrophe. We and our seas are condemned by nuclear power. The desolation and nightmare are at our doors. Soon, we will be excluded from the radioactive zone, our planet. What percentage of the planet will eventually be included in the damned territories, the exclusion zone?

Harmonics emerge from the main tone (shakuhachi), and then fly around, randomly pushed by the nightmare, eventually leaving only a few recurring notes mixed in with the resounding disaster. Muted music comes to haunt us with memories of raw earth. The only thing we can catch is the sound of angels. A beat-driven tune created by loops of shakuhachi micro-samples and bass frequency sounds become a call to death, anguish, and disorder, before they get slowly deconstructed. That is humanity’s destiny!

[English translation: François Couture, iv-14]

Zone d’exclusion [Exclusion Zone] was realized in 2013 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal for the project Meanwhile, in Fukushima… — www.fukushima-open-sounds.net — led by Dominique Belaÿ. It can be heard online since October 8, 2013.



  • October 8, 2013, Meanwhile, in Fukushima…