Le cap de la tourmente

Robert Normandeau

  • Year of composition: 1984-85
  • Duration: 7:24
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0704936571


ISRC CAD509813490

This work was composed in 1984-85 for an exhibit of five holosculptures (sculptures with holograms) by Georges Dyens. The pieces were swept across by lights in cycles alternating appearance and disappearance and were positioned as far as possible from each other. Each piece had a different soundtrack in continuous playback. As the viewers/listeners moved around the gallery, they not only changed their visual focus but also their sonic environment, realizing their own mix of the sounds.

Musique holographique is an electroacoustic concert piece based on these sound materials proposing one of the many possible journeys through the exhibit, this version being the most representative of the spirit of the music from my perspective. The complete work has a duration of thirty-two minutes and could not be included on this recording; it is represented by one of its five soundtracks: Le cap de la tourmente. Some elements of this soundtrack were used again in three other works: Matrechka, La chambre blanche and Rumeurs (Place de Ransbeck).


Musique holographique was realized in 1984-85 at the composer’s studio and premiered on January 15, 1985 at Obscure (Québec City). The original holosculpture (by Georges Dyens) and the soundtrack are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Holography (New York City, NY, USA).



  • January 15, 1985, Concert, Obscure, Quebec City (Québec)