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Libellune

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 1999-2002
  • Duration: 26:20
  • Instrumentation: ethnic wind instruments and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540196

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316830

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over dreams…

[synopsis] The sound journey of a dragonfly (symbol of the island of Hondo, Japan) gone nocturnal on a full moon evening. The buzzing of its wings, a sign of freedom and escapism, leads us through fantastic worlds and various cultures as we journey pass oceans, quiet volcanos and outer space. Its flight is so powerful, nothing can stand in its way. Her grace, light and pure, perfectly matches the lightly golden moon beam. Everything is so quiet in the evening! Sounds become easily audible. It’s the best time to think.

Libellune is structured in eight parts (Métamorphose [Metamorphosis]; départ [take-off]; Orient; Afrique [Africa]; Tropiques [Tropics]; Amérique [America]; Europe; Espace [Space]) and explores topics like freedom, grace, strength, nocturnal life, duality and lightness. Treated sound recordings of human voices represent the libellune (its voice, its ideas, its thoughts); modified and untouched recordings of ethnic wind instruments — raita, kera, suling flute, oja, shakuhachi, ocarina, Native American flute, bansuri, duduk (all performed by Michel Dubeau) — represent the journey; and various acoustic and electronic sound sources represent the flutter of the wings and the stillness of night.

The integration of musical vocabularies from world cultures — an evocation of structures and timbres — illustrates the libellune’s journey. The wind instruments, improvising from oriental, African, Javanese and Latin music scales, polyphonic forms and rhythms, are later used as a discrepancy (echo), shaded and out of phase; in treated rhythmical and melodic canons; in harmonies, sets of timbres and resonances.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Libellune was realized in 1999 and 2002 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and premiered on August 28, 1999 at the concert Acousma d’orchestra (short version) and the concert Nuit blanche (long version) during the Festival international d’art acousmatique et des arts de support Futura (Crest, France). Libellune was also performed on November 18, 2000 at the concert Acousma Femina during the Aujourd’hui Musiques 2000 festival (Perpignan, France). Thanks to the wind instrument player Michel Dubeau.

Premiere

  • August 28, 1999, Futura 99: Acousma d’orchestra 14, Crest (Drôme, France)

Composition

Scores

DMXnébula

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 2000-02
  • Duration: 7:15
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Festival Montréal en lumière
  • ISWC: T0717540185

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316840

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over a blue planet…

DMXnébula investigates seven themes: overture, cosmos, celestial, vox, urban, world, night and day.

“A creative wave originating from the space-time, an inexhaustible energy source, light transforms, celestial it rises beyond the spheres, catching the imagination… Scorching heat, nocturnal sun, a fog of stars, it brings people closer together, dazzles children and pushes the horizon a little further back every day.” — François Doyon, lighting designer.

An inflatable spherical structure (6 meters in diameter) representing a huge planet, with lighting and multichannel music, all created for an outdoors event. Glowing shapes, images, colors, and moving sounds come out of it. 30 minutes long, the eight-channel music is synchronized with the automated lighting show. It is played back on a multichannel diffusion system and in stereo over the FM airwaves — people could watch the light show from a distance and turn on their radio to listen to the music.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


DMXnébula was realized at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal — mixes and transfers at Multisons studio — in 2000 and ’02 and premiered as part of François Doyon’s multimedia installation by the same title on February 11, 2000 at the Place du Canada during the Montréal Highlights Festival / International Light Symposium. This acousmatic version of DMXnébula blends together remixes of the various sections of the installation music. It was commissioned by the Montréal Highlights Festival. Thanks to François Doyon and Frédéric Salter for his technical advice.

Premiere

  • February 11, 2000, Concert, Place du Canada, Montréal (Québec)

Composition

Mixing

Sons et tintamarre

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 1994-95, 2002
  • Duration: 11:20
  • Instrumentation: keyboard and stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540174

Stereo

Sound tales for Fannie and to all children of the world

[5 childlike miniatures]

A suggestive flight over sounds…

[synopsis] Tarapatapom lives in a land where strange sounds grow and fly all around her. She meets Tintamarre, a talking music box who introduces her to Coquet-the-parrot-who-memorizes-everything. Together, they go in search of the world of electroacoustic art. All the sounds they discover are memorized, synthesized, sampled, treated, organized and filed inside the magic box. After sound watching, sounds take off to create surprising ambiences. Open your ears wide! Don’t let the sounds escape before you have a chance to hear them.

A sound tale for all ages with animation, staging and scenography, intended for children (and for adults who still have the heart of a child and want to indulge their imagination of yesteryear). A sound story depicts the process of making an electroacoustic work in the composer’s studio.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Sons et tintamarre was realized at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal in 1994-95 with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). It was digitized and remixed in 2002. The piece premiered in the fall of 1995 during a tour of the Concertino series of the Jeunesses musicales du Canada. The show was put on again by the Productions Denise Larose in 1996. Thanks to my daughter Fannie (my inspiration) and to her friends from kindergarten, and children of the school La Perdriolle (L’œuf magique). Thanks to Estelle Esse for the few notes she sang (L’œuf magique).

Premiere

  • 1995, Concertino, Canada

Composition

Revision

Sons et tintamarre, 1: 8, 9, 10… des sons à dormir debout

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 3:21
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014565174

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316850

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A game of hide-and-seek, sound captures and spatialization.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Sons et tintamarre, 2: Histoire sans paroles

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 1:17
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014491759

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316860

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The magic of sound illustration through fast-paced editing. Music for a cartoon without pictures. (A first version of this piece was commissioned by Télé-Québec for a cartoon project.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Sons et tintamarre, 4: Ballon rouge qui bouge…

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 1:36
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014547605

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316880

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A bouncing ball can travel way beyond the basket. The ball sings, moves around and multiplies… (Transformations of a bouncing sound sample. Rhythmic and stereophonic games, modification of the original timbre, equalizing.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Sons et tintamarre, 5: L’œuf magique…

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 3:55
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014521381

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316890

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The story of an egg taking us into a world of dreams… a wonderland! The little Fanny, six years old, and her friends Laura, Antonin and Julien are on the trail of a marvelous treasure. They meet Loulou-the-wolf and Léon-the-pink-pig who help them in their quest. A magic egg leads them through thrilling adventures all around the world… On North-African ground, in Berber songs, toward the Italian sea, close to the powerful volcano Arenal in Costa Rica, by way of a mysterious forest where strange animals live…

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Rêveries absolues

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 4:35
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540163

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316900

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over time…

The time machine

A travel through time to the beat of sound light in order to unveil the dreams, realities and aspirations facing the new millennium. Talking sounds, resounding meditations and sound remarks reveal the sensations instigated in us by hopes, dreams, fantasies, the exorcism of fears toward a new dimension, tomorrows and the convergence of people in their quest for absolute…

Memories and nostalgia feed rebirth and the future via a core sound material: the page flipped, torn and turned over… The tick-tock of running time…

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Rêveries absolues was realized at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal in 2000 and premiered on June 16, 2000 at the 30th Festival Synthèse (Bourges, France) during the concert entitled Sonneries utopiques pour le prochain millénaire for which it has been composed.

Premiere

  • June 16, 2000, Synthèse 2000: Concert, Bourges (Cher, France)

Composition

Y---OW

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 1985, 2002
  • Duration: 9:54
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Les belles heures — Société Radio-Canada (SRC)
  • ISWC: T0717540152

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316910

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over the phone book…

This version of Y---OW has been put together from the tapes — the titles of which are: Ha-lo [Hel-lo]; À l’eau [Jump in]; Ouf! [Phew!]; Interurbain [Long-distance Call]; King Kong; Le passé [The Past]; L’attente [The Waiting]; L’arnaque [The Swindling]; Bonne soirée [Good Evening]; Problèmes d’argent [Money Matters]; Au concert [At the Concert] — of the multimedia work by the same title (a sound and photography installation) realized with the photographer Marc Larochelle. It is a mixed presentation (a showing) of the themes and a glimpse at the interdependence existing among the tapes through common attractive elements, even though they stand by themselves as tiny musical pieces. Descriptive elements come back to create a link on many occasions, the answer or echo between the various tapes (phone rings, answering machine, conversations, water, laughs, screams).

Y---OW, standing for Yellow Pages, explores a number of themes revolving around a frame of mind, a feeling, communication or the unforeseen evoked by opening the Yellow Pages phone book. An interdependence between the tapes — each has its own theme — bridges gaps between emotions: sadness, joy, love, hate, annoyance, happiness, fear, anger, anxiety, distress, surprise and confusion.

The sound design of the piece was revised in 2002. While retaining the sound and feel of the ’80s, some modifications were made: more modern rings to bring a touch of progress, digital audio transfer and virtual sound effects. The ’80s recordings of telephone noises remain untouched. They have been made from a phone of that era and the interference is a constituent part of the work.

The original installation from 1985 consisted of 22 sound loops ranging from 40 seconds to three minutes in duration, 21 playback systems, an infrared system triggering a multitrack tape (a sound travelling through space), 18 photographic boxes with switch and built-in loudspeakers, two aerial sound devices and a device with headphones. The visitor was following a path of phone books, triggering a number of sound sequences intentionally (or not, thanks to switches strategically hidden around the room).

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Y---OW was realized in 1995 at the Université de Montréal studio with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) (Explorations program) and revised in 2002 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal. It premiered on September 4, 1985 during the first festival Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal at the Powerhouse art gallery (the exhibit took place from September 4-21, 1985), produced by the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal. A version for radio was commissioned in 1987 for the program Les belles heures produced by Hélène Prévost at the Société Radio-Canada. Excerpts from the listening score were published in issue 54 of Estuaire in 1989. Thanks to Denis, Geneviève and Chantal for their voices over the phone and King Kong’s shout, Michel Trépanier for his technical help, the Université de Montréal, and also Marcelle Deschênes who encouraged me in my artistic endeavor. Y---OW was awarded the Outstanding Original Achievement Award at the International New Music Composer’s Competition (USA, 1989/90) and the Silver Medal of the Hugh Le Caine Award (electroacoustic music) of the CAPAC Awards for Young Composers in 1985.

Premiere

  • September 4, 1985, Cent jours d’art contemporain de Montréal 1985: Y---OW, La Centrale – [Powerhouse], Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Composition

Revision

Scores

Micro-trottoir

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 1997-2002
  • Duration: 6:32
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540141

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316920

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A flight over inner thoughts…

What’s on your mind?

I was charmed and inspired by the expression “micro-trottoir” [literally: sidewalk microphone], which like “vox-pop” describes short on-the-spot interviews that often take place on the street.

Micro-trottoir is a radio work about the fascinating world of confrontation and is made of onomatopoeias and the voices of persons from various ethnic and economic horizons. These “micro-trottoirs” done by Isabelle Tanguay collected divergent opinions on news topics, lifestyles, dreams and disillusions from a number of generations and characters. Stacks of words — the heartbeat of the world around us — revealed the richness of speaking voices: timbre (airy, soft, loud, aggressive, lively, rough, low, high); accents and tongues. The piece also uses real ambient sounds (street, park, cafe, market); made-up ambiences (the dream); electronic transformations of voices; electronic sounds; and repetitive rhythms.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Micro-trottoir was realized in 1996-97 and revised in 2002 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Thanks to Isabelle Tanguay and Mario Gauthier (excerpt from an interview broadcasted in 1985 on the program Musique actuelle produced by Hélène Prévost for the Société Radio-Canada radio).

Composition

Revision

Poussière d’étoiles

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration: 9:23
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T0717540130

Stereo

A flight over the Perseids… Your eyes are stars!

A musical triptych focused on the look and visions from outer-space.

Three looks at things, three sound impressions, three radiances, three reflections: a starry spark in the eyes! The structure of each piece is based on building toward a climax as in the unfolding of a story toward its outcome.

Poussière d’étoiles takes its musical inspiration from the symbolism in Hitchcock’s works (the looks in the actors’ playing, the illusion, the objects, the surreal passages and his intrusions into the supernatural) with a wink at the fantastic visions of Guy de Maupassant, at the visions in René Magritte’s modern art and at impressionism. It’s all in the look…

The research through sound observation to describe natural and supernatural landscapes becomes a pause, a break to understand and catch the possibilities offered by three different looks set to music. Each sound is studied, shaped and placed inside a new structure which turns into a surreal source, a piece of music where we feel like we’re being watched.

Realistic sounds (nature sound recordings) are transformed and treated (echo, delay, stretching…) to give them a supernatural feel. They are spatialized using movement effects (rotation, speed, displacement). Repetitive rhythms (symbolizing the “starry heart”) are mixed in while timbre filtering evokes the luminosity of the stars.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Poussière d’étoiles was realized in 2002 at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal with the help of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). It premiered in June 2002 on the composer’s website.

Premiere

  • June 2002, Online, www.roxanneturcotte.com

Composition

Poussière d’étoiles, 1: Regard étoilé

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 3:25
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014549010

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316930

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Intuitive luminosity

A look illustrating spontaneity and the vivacity of a sudden impulse represented by jerky, percussive timbres. (Resounding sound materials with a bell-like timbre, virtual effects and synthesizers, acoustic and electronic sounds.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Poussière d’étoiles, 2: Regard intérieur

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 3:51
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014508657

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316940

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Inner luminosity

Return to one’s self, complexity of the being. A glint in the eyes: pain, joy, sensations, memories. A spark of light in your eyes. (Voices, beats, acoustic and electronic sounds, virtual effects and synthesizers.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]


Poussière d’étoiles, 3: Regard en voyage

Roxanne Turcotte

  • Duration: 2:09
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9014519154

Stereo

ISRC CAD500316950

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Outer luminosity.

Visions from outside one’s self. A world near and far… Known and unknown places, concrete sounds with colors from outer space. Terrestrial world, extraterrestrial world. Waves, take off, the flight of a bird.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]