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Le son-refuge

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 20:48
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Imperfect Breath

Anna Friz

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 8:40
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Expédition

Erin Sexton

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 10:03
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

86400 Seconds — Time Zones

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 50:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

40° Nord – 73° West

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 49:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Les petits riens (mécanique du quotidien)

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2009, 10, 17
  • Duration: 14:20
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques

“Petits riens” (little nothings / tiny things) are those discreet sounds, songs too quiet for us to pay attention to them or so common that we don’t perceive them anymore. These sounds also pertain to microcosms, like the world of insects, and to our technologized and digitalized work environments. We could probably also include the fragments of melodies we remember and are the only ones hearing as they play back in loops in our heads, or even those sonic impressions of the past that will occasionally resurface into the present.

Like a cabinet of curios, Les petits riens compiles a collection of sound objects, with a preference for the sundry and unusual. This project will search for impossible sonic associations where each element has its source in natural, non-fabricated sounds. The challenge in this compositional process is to de-condition listening habits by coming back to the logical organization of sounds. Despite a temptation to tip sonic reality over, the main motivation behind Les petits riens is a desire to update the poetic rhythmicality of the daily life that has been eluding us.

[English translation: François Couture, x-09]


Les petits riens (mécanique du quotidien) ws awarded the 2010 Prix Bohemia Radio.


Premiere

  • November 20, 2009, Akousma (6): Éclats de vie, Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Marseille 1993

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Duration: 14:20
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Jouer avec le feu

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 14:20
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Documents de surface

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 52:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Minimalist, hyperrealistic, Documents de surface glides over the surface of the earth, very close as would a zoomed in camera, or on the contrary in wide panoramas, that is where narrative dissolves in the sound material.


Executive Production: Robert Matejka for Werkstatt. DeutschlandRadio Berlin.

Documents de surface, 1: Atlantic Side

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 4:32

Magdalene Islands ferry, QC; Marsh with birds and frogs (Green frogs) at Papineau-Labelle and Rouge-Matawin wildlife preserves, QC.

Documents de surface, 2: Mountain / Valley

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 2:03

Common Raven, Beaver Creek, YK; CP train in the Thompson River canyon south of Cache Creek, BC.

Documents de surface, 4: Prairie Winds

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 5:36

Winds over corn and canola fields at Spirit Sands, MB, Austin, MB and Route 2, SK; Buffalo herd south of Winnipeg, MB; Night freight train at Indian Head, SK.

Documents de surface, 5: Summer Rain

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 8:04

Thunderstorm and rain at Pink Mointain, BC; Frogs choir near Victoriaville, QC (American toads, Spring Peepers); Common loon, Lake of the Woods, ON.

Documents de surface, 6: Water Systems

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 3:27

Duke River, YK; Canoe on five Fingers Lake, Rouge-Matawin preserve, QC; Agawa bay, Lake Superior, On; Macaza River, QC; Waves, St-Laurence Gulf; Columbia Icefield, at the source of the Athabasca River, AB; Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, AB; Magpie River High Falls and American crows, ON; Cliff at Maddalene Islands, Gulf od St. Lawrence, QC; Fog horn on the St Lawrence River at Tadoussac, QC.

Documents de surface, 7: Trains

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 6:58

Train crossings at Cranbrook, BC and Watrous, SK, and manoeuvres at grain elevator 11, Thunder Bay harbor on Lake Superior, ON.

Documents de surface, 8: Wilderness Night

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 7:08

Dog at the Kitwanga indian village on the Skeena River, BC; Night birds (Soras) Redberry Lake, SK; Camp Fires at the Dawson City, YK, and Manitou Lake, SK, camp grounds.

Documents de surface, 9: Pacific Side

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 12:22

Evening train, Goldstream Provincial Park, BC; Pacific Ocean, Capilano Beach, Vancouver Island, BC; Fog Horn on the Pacific, Bella Pacifica Beach, BC.

many many places

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2001
  • Duration: 12:40
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Le petit homme dans l’oreille

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 56:44
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

In Le petit homme dans l’oreille (The Little Man in the Ear) materials are presented with little transformation. Only to better the listening clarity did we apply some processing. On the other hand we took at times the liberty to radically transform the original sound materials.


Executive Production: Mario Gauthier for L’Espace du son, Radio-Canada. Grand Prix du documentaire Phonurgia Nova 2001. Thanks to Mike Krutko, Lillian Ireland, Rob Dramer and to all the anonymous voices who inspired us to create this sound travel.


Awards

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 1: Austin, MB

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 2:00

Plane and children games at the 45th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede; wind in trees and leaves at the Medicine Wheel, Spirit Sands, MB; wind in a corn field near Austin, MB.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 7: ’Ksan

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 3:06

Columbia Icefield, AB (source of the Sunwapta River); Duke River, YK, in the Kluane National Park; steel bridge on the Skeena River, BC.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 11: Cathedral

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 4:57

Raven in Beaver Creek, YK; meeting of chiefs in the Gitksan village of Kispiox, BC; acoustics of the cedar forest and train in Goldstream Park, BC; raven and ambience in Dawson City, YK.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 12: Wawa Junction

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 1:29

Windmills on the Crownest Hwy, AB; children in Crowsnest, AB; Mike K.; pork chops cooking, tent, minivan, Demolition Derby; chimes in Wawa, ON.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 13: NW Passage

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 3:18

On the Dempster Hwy: Mike K., minivan side door, Inuvialuit voice and music on CBC, short wave signals; song and calls by Rob Dramer.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 14: Mechanics

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 5:35

Trains and level crossing in Cranbrook, BC and Thunder Bay, ON; diesel and steam agricultural machines in Austin, MB; bakery in White Horse, YK and chimes in Wawa, ON.

Le petit homme dans l’oreille, 15: Km 0

Christian Calon, Chantal Dumas

  • Duration: 4:28

Pacific Ocean; sirens and ferry for Nanaimo, BC; fog-horn near Tofino, BC; Victoria, BC.

The Show of… / le spectacle des habil(i)etés

Chantal Dumas

  • Year of composition: 1994
  • Duration: 15:32
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

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