- Year of composition: 2004
- Duration: 9:17
- Instrumentation: fixed medium
- Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the CCA
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The idea for this piece came to me after I went to visit a friend, an opera singer, now very old and living in a care home for people with decreasing physical and intellectual independence. I had not seen him for years, and I was deeply shocked to see how time had changed him. There was an almost unbearable gap between the actual sight of a worn-out man deteriorated by time and how I remembered him from the last mental picture I had fixed in time five years earlier.This work is not about death; it is about time that keeps marching on, despite our best efforts to trick it, time that transforms us every second, dragging us inexorably closer to our own dissolution.
This work consists of two superimposed layers. The first one features the “current” voice of our character, through a few trite words breaking long stretches of silence, words basically related to his daily life, though occasionally evoking a fleeting memory that seems to percolate to the surface. The other layer represents the past, a time when his baritone voice, then at its peak, was frozen in time, fixed on media as if it were freed from the flux of time. He is singing again, though in a strange voice, artificial-sounding, “polluted” by fragmentation techniques (even digital media are affected by the passage of time)…
[English translation: François Couture, ix-11]
Le temps fixé [Fixed Time] was realized at the composer’s studio in Montréal, and premiered during the concert series Rien à voir (15) on February 14, 2004, at Espace GO in Montréal. This work was commissioned by Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).
- February 14, 2004, Rien à voir (15): Concert, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)