Big Bang II

Marcelle Deschênes

  • Year of composition: 1987, 95
  • Duration: 7:40
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0729105387


ISRC CAD500619830

  • 96 kHz, 24 bits

“Endlessly oscillating between light and darkness, Big Bang II is simultaneously a requiem, a gloria and a Halleluiah celebrating the fragile paths of Mankind’s destiny…” — Georges Dyens

In a postnuclear setting where all trace of human life has vanished, crushed remnants emerge from the layers of sand and stone, and the fragments of memory burst through the shadow mouths forming, singing, shutting up, screaming. An extravagant symbol evoking at the same time spiritual or emotional connections and social commentary, this very short representation becomes an imaginary journey, poetic and sidereal, full of the distress generated by our collective fear of the end of the world.

Big Bang II was designed for a strange technological planet created by holographic sculptor Georges Dyens for a multimedia installation comprised of holographic sculptures, lighting, optical fiber and electroacoustic music, all this set in motion by a programmed synchronization system.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-06]

Big Bang II — music for the multimedia installation by George Dyens (1932-2015) — was realized in 1987 at the Bruit blanc studio in Montréal. It was created during the summer of 1987, as part of the international exhibit Images du futur at La Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de Montréal.


  • 1989, Images du futur, Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)


About this recording

This version was remixed in 1995 by Louis Dufort at the Université de Montréal. Bruno Bélanger performed the first mastering at PRIM, centre d’arts médiatiques, studio in Montréal (thanks to its coproduction program) in 2004. Dominique Bassal did the final mastering in 2005.