Christian Bouchard

  • Year of composition: 2017-19
  • Duration: 12:09
  • Instrumentation: 4-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3180381157


ISRC CAD502310008

  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Source: oscillator files; “UHF – Complex” folder; Galbanum’s “Architecture Waveforms 2010” bank.

I was starting audio explorations for this piece, wanting to work with leftover sounds from previous projects, when I discovered these oscillators. I was instantly seduced by their raw potential. Now, I do like a challenge and limited sound sources, but I was still apprehensive of the amount of work that would be required to propel, mix and model these oscillators into multiple sonic spots, to breathe life and movement into these inert objects, like a prelude to creating a chimera. Here are some of the images that carried me through the realization of this piece… Unicellular. Antibodies. Thunderstorm. Magma. The din of birds in a pet shop. Talkativeness. Manifestation. Gesture. Metal puppets. Mathcore. Mario Bros. An extraterrestrial encounter. Liquids in zero gravity. The plastic continent. The all-over. Tone. Joy. Labyrinth. I was also inspired by the names of the oscillator files found in the “UHF – Complex” folder: Ameba. Androgenous. Bacteria. Cosmos. DNA. Dust. Eyeliner. Flutter. Fungi. Fuzzy. Grime. Itchy. Larva. Lightning. Mold. Nanopede. Oort. Osmosis. Porkipine. Roboto. Seashell. Sparkles. Sticks and Stones. Tadpole. Turbulesence. Whale.

[English translation: François Couture, iv-23]

UHF-Complex was realized between 2017 and 2019 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and was premiered on October 24, 2019 under the title Impasto-UHF at Usine C during the Akousma 16 festival presented by Réseaux des arts médiatiques. This work was realized with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). Thank you Martin Bédard and Louis Dufort.



  • October 24, 2019, Under the title Impasto-UHF: Akousma 16: Soirée no 2, Usine C, Montréal (Québec)