Xylocopa Ransbecka

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek

Xylocopa Ransbecka

  • Ana Dall’Ara-Majek
  • Year of composition: 2017
  • Duration: 15:22
  • Instrumentation: 16-channel fixed medium (Klangdom)
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9248284799

To Annette Vande Gorne

I had left for Place de Ransbeck in search of Rumeurs’s thirteen doors when I encountered an angry hymenopteran who fled my microphone by hiding in the cracks of a wooden beam. This is how my piece was first conceived. It features a carpenter bee and twenty doors recorded at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium). In it, I continue my exploration of changes of scale, from a passage in human proportions featuring familiar sounds to the more abstract world of microfauna, where bacteria found in wood form wriggling masses. Between these two sizes of scale, the carpenter bee carves out wood shavings and comes buzzing around our ears.

This piece is part of Nano-Cosmos, a cycle of acousmatic pieces dedicated to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms.

[English translation: Stephanie Moore, iii-18]

Xylocopa Ransbecka was realized in 16 channels at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) in 2017 and premiered on April 25, 2018 as part of the ÉlectroBelge concert at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to Annette Vande Gorne for the residency at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium).


  • April 25, 2018, ÉlectroBelge, Le Senghor, Brussels (Belgium)