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Angle mort

Christian Bouchard

  • Year of composition: 2001-02
  • Duration: 14:01
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD500418020

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
To my bike-riding friend

Electronic sounds, oral noises, breathing, crowds, lifts, street corners, mechanical objects.

Using outdoor mass events (demonstrations, gatherings, parades, noisy bars) as a starting point, my first intention was to picture the struggle between antibodies and viruses and the auditory point of view of the patient surrounded by machines in a hospital room. Then, as I was in the process of creating this piece, came the story of a friend who was, for an instant, in someone else’s blind spot. This incident penetrated the form and content of Angle mort. Cinema for the ear, microscopic projections.

[English translation: François Couture, i-04]


Angle mort [Blind Spot] was realized in 2001-2002 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on October 30, 2002 as part of the concert Tentacules.03, presented by Codes d’accès in Montréal. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). Angle mort received the public’s prize at the 2nd Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses 2002 (Brussels, Belgium) and was recorded in 2002 on the CD Métamorphoses 2002, Musiques & Recherches (MR 2002).


Premiere

  • October 30, 2002, Christian Bouchard, diffusion • Tentacules.03, La Sala Rossa, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Trois miniatures en suite

Christian Bouchard

  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration: 10:09
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Despite the fact that this piece — qualities, flaws and all — is my first electroacoustic work on digital medium, I wanted to include it here because, in the ideas it develops, it is a prelude to Parcelles.

Instructions: the pieces must be between two and four minutes long. Look for soundscapes bearing the traces of the human activity that will be the only material for a miniature. Include the complete samples selected at least once.

[English translation: François Couture, i-04]


Trois miniatures en suite [Three Miniatures in the Form of a Suite] was realized in 1997 at the studio of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and premiered on January 29, 1999 as part of the concert Hautes tensions presented by the ACREQ at the Usine C in Montréal. Trois miniatures en suite was awarded the First Prize of the Hugh Le Caine Award of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada, 1998). The miniature Tonicité was selected as a finalist at the Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) competition of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC, Canada, 2000) and recorded in 2000 on the CD Cache 2000 (PEP 003).


Premiere

  • January 29, 1999, Concert, Usine C, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Trois miniatures en suite, 1: Sacréboules

Christian Bouchard

  • Duration: 3:26
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Stereo

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

An association between the passing of an airplane marked by human activity, two Chinese balls rolling on the ground, and a brook.

Trois miniatures en suite, 2: Le point de vue du parcomètre

Christian Bouchard

  • Duration: 2:51
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD500418040

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Superimposition of soundscapes from a single point of view…

Trois miniatures en suite, 3: Tonicité

Christian Bouchard

  • Duration: 3:52
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD500418050

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

For base material, a single sound take.

Parcelles 1

Christian Bouchard

  • Year of composition: 2002-03
  • Duration: 15:19
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD500418060

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

“I have always been fascinated by the magical moments found in any sound environment, when from what appears to be chaos, sounds organize themselves and create a music I am often the only one to hear.
I wanted to share these incredible moments.
I recorded them.
Then, I asked them to pose for me, just as if I were painting — landscapes, abstract forms, or by numbers.
The next two pieces illustrate the results.
But they also illustrate: the sound environment of a particular time, the chaos of the world, the rural calm, the urban swarms, the energy of the living.
They imitate the mechanics of things, the hazards of life, the workings of luck.
Fragments of moments.”

[English translation: François Couture, i-04]


Parcelles 1 [Fragments 1] was realized in 2002-03 at the composer’s studio in Montréal and premiered on February 14, 2004 as part of the Rien à voir (15) concert series presented by Réseaux at Espace GO in Montréal. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).


Premiere

  • February 14, 2004, Rien à voir (15): Concert, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)

Parcelles 2

Christian Bouchard

  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Duration: 14:21
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques

Stereo

ISRC CAD500418130

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits


Parcelles 2 [Fragments 2] was realized in 2003 at the composer’s studio, in Montréal, and premiered on October 18, 2003 as part of the Rien à voir (14) concert series presented by Réseaux at Espace GO in Montréal. Parcelles 2 was commissioned by Réseaux des arts médiatiques with the help of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Thanks to Rachmiel, Timothy Lamb, and Polimorf for their Reaktor instruments.

Premiere

  • October 18, 2003, Rien à voir (14): Ricardo Dal Farra + Christian Bouchard: Esquisses du sud, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)

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