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L’impatience des limites

Bernard Fort

  • Year of composition: 1992-93
  • Duration: 18:04
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T0030828717

Stereo

ISRC CAD500317280

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Felt more than ever since Mady, to whom this piece is dedicated, was suddenly taken away from my corporeal eyes: the impatience of limits.

At first, it was meant to be a musical reflection on time. The one that moves forward, along which evolutions, proofs of passing time, are inscribed and the still one that stands the test of time. Now, memories have become the proofs of passing time, standing the test of time for he who suffers its attacks. And most of all, the presence of she to whom, in the garden of sleep, past, present and future are all the same state — and still she watches her children grow up.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-03]


L’impatience des limites [The Impatience of Limits] was realized in 1992-93 in the studios of the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM) and premiered on 25 January 1993 at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by the Ina-GRM. Thanks to Dominique Saint Martin for his assistance during the mixing stage. L’impatience des limites was awarded Second Prize for Electroacoustic Tape Music at the 21st Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France, 1993). L’impatience des limites was recorded on the album 12 Haïku [GMVL CD 010] in 1993 and on the album Les prix du 21e Concours international de musique électroacoustique / Bourges 1993 [LDC 278056/57] in 1994.

Premiere

  • January 25, 1993, Son-Mu 93: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)

Awards

Composition

Mixing

La paix de l’entendre

Bernard Fort

  • Year of composition: 1998
  • Duration: 15:45
  • Instrumentation: 8-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T0031159280

Stereo

ISRC CAD500317290

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

To Philippe Leroux for his ardour in battle, to François Bayle for Transparence du purgatoire

Half a century of moving back and forth between the Doing and the Listening… an eternity between war and peace.

The Doing, a constant battle fought by the composer in his fortress, the studio; permanently at war with himself, his own listening and his mental images, hoping to conquer the listening, the understanding of the other, and offer him peace.

Through a simple audition, this work intends to share what I once was lucky to hear and what I think I understood from it. A sunrise in the Delta of the Danube. A trivial autumnal watery landscape: feelings of great solitude, grief, austerity, but also tranquility and balance. Longing for the radiant silence to come.

Developments around a panoramic sound recording from a small boat at the center of a gigantic lake. The ordinary scenes of a pallid little morning: night herons fishing, great cormorants parading, the calls of the little egret, the carrion crow, the spotted redshank and numerous coots, a flock of greylag geese for the end credits.

To fix time on media (the proofs of time), then to penetrate it through slow motion, to experiment with duration (the test of time), to explore the depth of acoustic images; that’s all what justifies to me so many years of war in the studio.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-03]


La paix de l’entendre [The Listening Peace] was realized in 1998 in the studios of the Groupe musiques vivantes de Lyon (GMVL) from recordings made in Romania as part of the event “Villa Médicis Hors les Murs” and premiered on 23 February 1998 at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by the Ina-GRM.

Premiere

  • February 23, 1998, Son-Mu 98: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)

Preparation

  • 1996, Romania

Composition

Silence radieux

Bernard Fort

  • Year of composition: 2000-02
  • Duration: 21:16
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T0043508253

Stereo

ISRC CAD500317300

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

To my children

The first aim of Silence radieux is to stimulate mental images, to suggest on a poetic level. The title implies music written piano, a calm mood, a confident listen. This piece is an attempt at expressing a lively, active and serene inner silence.

Most of the sound materials in Silence radieux (Radiant Silence) are taken from a sound recording realized during a long walk on a snow-covered mountain, in an area that was particularly quiet. The same route recorded in the summertime provides complementary acoustic images.

From regular footsteps, two elements emerge simultaneously: a tempo, steady and strong, but also this sound matter that is so specific to crunching snow, the kind that gives way under the foot, that you can guess the thickness of simply by the sound it makes.

The same place, in the middle of summer, offers ‘warm images’ filled with bird songs and insect sounds. Happy images, large and lively, the opposite of the feelings of solitude, silence and interiority conjured up by the snowy landscape.

Silence radieux attempts the meeting between figurative images and an abstract sound world drawn from work sessions on Syter (at the Ina-GRM) during the composition of L’impatience des limites. Precisely detailed sounds with dull, moving timbres relating to no specific point in space.

Therefore Silence radieux wants to extract abstract material that runs just below the surface of the realistic sound image. Whenever the walk (and thus the regular tempo) is interrupted, the composition work shifts to abstract developments of materials ‘induced’ from the sound or the meaning. Open spaces inlaid into a closed space, superimposition of sound impressions, new meaning emerging from opposite situations.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-03]


Silence radieux was realized between 2000 and ’02 in the studios of the Groupe musiques vivantes de Lyon (GMVL) and premiered on 15 June 2002 at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by the Ina-GRM.

Premiere

  • June 15, 2002, Multiphonies 2001-02: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)

Composition