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autoportrait

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • Year of composition: 2001
  • Duration: 10:42
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the CCA

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To mark its tenth anniversary, the Rien à voir festival commissioned this work… and why not celebrate such an grand initiative with a self-portrait? An anniversary is a time to review the past, to question it in order to move forward. A self-portrait (autoportrait) is a means for such reflection, in the manner of a painter — a technique for rummaging through familiar images that are at times cherished, at times loathed, too often taken for granted. The self-portrait as an act of introspection, for renewed consciousness.


autoportrait [Self-portrait] was composed in 2001 in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and at the composer’s studio and premiered on December 13, 2001 during the Rien à voir (10) concert series presented by Réseaux at Espace GO in Montréal. autoportrait was commissonned by Réseaux with the support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA).


Premiere

  • December 13, 2001, Rien à voir (10): concert solo, Espace Go, Montréal (Québec)

About this recording

This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

au Croisé, le silence, seul, tient lieu de parole

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • Year of composition: 2000
  • Duration: 15:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

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“Silence does not exist: to live is to steer in the midst of a streaming that death alone may halt.” — François Mauriac, Nouveaux mémoires intérieurs.

The singular story of a battle, or the eternal story of life.


au Croisé, le silence, seul, tient lieu de parole [To The Crusader, Silence, Alone, Gives Way To Speech] was composed at the composer’s studio between September 1999 and December 2000 and premiered on March 2, 2002 during the “Invisible Theatre” concert of the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) in Birmingham (UK). The first movement was premiered on December 11, 1999 during the Rien à voir (6) concert series presented by Réseaux at Ex-Centris in Montréal. au Croisé, le silence, seul, tient lieu de parole was awarded First Prize (ex æquo) in the Hugh Le Caine Award of the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers (Canada, 2001).


Premiere

  • December 11, 1999, Premiere of the 1st mouvement: Rien à voir (6): jeunes compositeurs, eXcentris, Montréal (Québec)
  • March 2, 2002, Invisible Theatre: Scenes and Memories, CBSO Centre, Birmingham (England, UK)

Awards


About this recording

This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

Binary (Virtual Rapper Remix)

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay / Dice B

  • Year of composition: 1998
  • Duration: 9:10
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD500619650

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“The mind affects the body
The body affects me
Specially if your mind frame be binary” — Dice B


Binary (Virtual Rapper Remix) was composed in 1998 in the studio of the electroacoustic sector of the Université de Montréal and at the composer’s studio and was completely remixed in September 2005 in the electroacoustic studios of the University of Huddersfield (UK). The piece was premiered on November 1, 1998 during the Rien à voir (4) concert series presented by Réseaux at La Chapelle in Montréal; the mixed version, for rapper and tape, was premiered by Dice B on January 19, 1999 during the “Hautes tensions” concert produced by ACREQ at Usine C in Montréal. Thanks to: Jean Sébastien Nicol for his work on the drums; to David Fafard, Jean-François Paiement and Sylvain Pohu for having lent their voices; and to rapper Dice B, without whom this project would not have seen the light of day.


Premiere

  • November 1, 1998, Rien à voir (4): concert découverte, La Chapelle — scènes contemporaines, Montréal (Québec)

About this recording

This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

fugue; qui sent le temps?

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • Year of composition: 1997, 98
  • Duration: 15:57
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

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“Fugit irreparabile tempus (Irrecoverable time glides away)” — Virgil
“Tempus edax rerum (Time the devourer of all things)” — Ovid

deflation: fleeing into the present. Fast, fast, faster, in the image of the dust propelled by the wind, negligible in itself, essential to itself; product of erosion, source of erosion: the work of time.

interlude: The essential dust

deflection: fleeing into the future. Light moves forward, content in its entirety, in its entity, aware of the importance of the moment because of its transience: where will it go? What will it do? What will it become? So many questions that do not weigh on its present!

interlude: The futile universe

deflagration: fleeing into the past. The Old, the Wise, like the dormant firework, is only powder, but man ignites, inflames it and projects high, higher so that he may enlighten Humankind reassuringly. Truth: the fetish, the totem, the god, the universe, the dust…


fugue; qui sent le temps? [Fugue; Who Feels Time?] was composed in 1997 in the studio of the electroacoustic sector of the Université de Montréal and at the composer’s studio. Its first movement was premiered on February 23, 1997 during the Rien à voir (1) festival at La Chapelle in Montréal; the second and third movements were premiered on February 23, 1998 during the Rien à voir (3) concert series presented by Réseaux at La Chapelle in Montréal. fugue; qui sent le temps? received a mention at the 25th Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art Competition (France, 1998) and was awarded the 3rd Prize at the 13th CBC National Competition for Young Composers in 1999.


Premiere

  • February 23, 1997, Premiere of the 1st mouvement: Rien à voir (1): jeunes compositeurs, La Chapelle — scènes contemporaines, Montréal (Québec)
  • February 22, 1998, Premiere of the 2nd and 3rd movements: Rien à voir (3): concert découverte, La Chapelle — scènes contemporaines, Montréal (Québec)

Awards


About this recording

This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

la cloche fêlée

Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Duration: 8:06
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

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“I, my soul is flawed…” — Baudelaire, Spleen and Ideal, Flowers of Evil.

A very beautiful sonnet by Baudelaire, with serene and contemplative quatrains. Then, everything topples into grimly depressive tercets. Transposed in music, these images of anyone’s life suddenly become so personal. Everything topples.


la cloche fêlée [The Cracked Bell] was composed in 2004 at the composer’s studio and premiered on March 6, 2004 during the De Natura Sonorum concert of the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) in Birmingham (UK). Thanks to abbé Maurice Contant, Saint-Antonin Church, Montréal, for authorizing the recording of the Sainte-Trinité (C), Sainte-Marie (E), and Saint-Antonin (G) bells.


Premiere

  • March 6, 2004, De natura sonorum, CBSO Centre, Birmingham (England, UK)

About this recording

This version was mastered by Dominique Bassal in 2005 in Montréal.

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