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Impulse

Ned Bouhalassa

  • Year of composition: 1999
  • Duration: 13:59
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Stereo

  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Impulse carries the listener across spaces that are not clearly comfortable or unpleasant. The doors and resonating hallways push us to the edges of our imagination. The acoustic environments, which are used as a kind of narrative, come from field recordings made in the basement of the National Film Board (NFB)’s main building in Montréal. The rhythmical elements are used to trigger physical and emotional reactions from the listener.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-08]


A first version of Impulse was realized in 1999 during a residency at Western Front’s studio (Vancouver, Canada) and completed (with the addition of more beat-driven parts to turn it into an electro-techno hybrid) in 1999 at the composer’s studio in Montréal. The piece was premiered on March 8, 2000 at Ex-Centris in Montréal during the Rien à voir (7) concert series presented by Réseaux. Impulse was realized with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). Thanks to Chris Piggens (for his beautiful recordings), Darren Copeland and DB Boyko (Western Front).


Premiere

  • March 8, 2000, Rien à voir (7): carte blanche, eXcentris, Montréal (Québec)

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