- Todor Todoroff
- Year of composition: 2003
- Duration: 9:50
- Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
- Commission: Centre culturel du Brabant wallon (CCBW)
For Matières [Materials], composed for the publication Le corps de l’espace, les nouveaux matériaux dans l’architecture depuis 1850 [The Body in Space: New Materials in Architecture Since 1850] by the Centre culturel du Brabant wallon in 2003, I not only wanted to render audible materials used in architecture, but to put the focus primarily on the individual who inhabits these sites. I therefore decided to allow the gesture of the individual to speak for itself: brushing against a surface; caressing, rubbing, or striking it; taking an object and letting it fall or making it roll through a space…
It seemed essential to me to return to the sources of musique concrète and to keep intact the characteristics of the sound and of the space in which it resonates. It is for this reason that the recordings were made on analog magnetic tape and no effects or processing techniques were used other than slowing down or speeding up the play rate and reversing playback direction. All of the reverberations were naturally-occuring.
In the course of editing and mixing, however, I tried to avoid anecdotal references (no sounds of footsteps or doors which creak or slam) in order to concentrate on the sound morphologies and energies revealed by different gestures, as well as on reverberation lengths, changes of acoustical space and contrasts between close and distant sounds. Chimeric spaces were thus created, where gestures dialogue with materials.
[English translation: Stephanie Moore, vi-18]
Matières [Materials] was realized in 2003 at the ARTeM (Art, recherche, technologie et musique [Art, Research, Technology, and Music]) studio in Brussels (Belgium) and was premiered on December 13, 2003 at the Chapelle de Verre de Fauquez in Braine-le-Comte (Belgium). The piece was commissioned by the Centre culturel de Brabant wallon (CCBW) in Court-Saint-Étienne (Belgium).
- December 13, 2003, Concert, Chapelle de Verre de Fauquez, Braine-le-Comte (Belgium)