Trois songes (DVD-Audio Surround) Track listing detail

Ombres, espaces, silences…

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration: 23:00
  • Instrumentation: 5.1-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Commission: ZKM
  • ISWC: T0727311467

Stereo

  • AAC, 320 kbps
  • MP3, 320 kbps

With Ombres, espaces, silences… (Shadows, Spaces, Rests…), I wished to revisit early polyphonic music (Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova). I wanted to bring together this universe of intervals and chords, and the much wider universe of noises, the latter providing the setting in which to present — or evoke — modified fragments from the beginnings of Western music.

The universe of noises rests upon one of the History of Christianity’s fascinating phenomenon: the hermits, or “Desert Fathers” from the first centuries of the Christian era. These men had knowingly chosen to seek isolation, to cut their ties with society, for they believed the answer to the issue of human destiny could be found only outside society.

I have attempted to describe, through a number of tableaux, the surprising life of these men, their religious fervour (the same fervour that gave birth to the first polyphonic music), by evoking the physical locations, the aridity and threat of the desert, but mostly by evoking their fabulous spiritual imagination.

[English translation: François Couture, xi-07]


Ombres, espaces, silences… was realized in January and February of 2005 at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. It premiered on February 12, 2005 during the trans_canada festival at the ZKM’s ZKM_Kubus. It was commissioned by the ZKM. Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the ZKM for their support. Ombres, espaces, silences… was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2005) and was finalist at the 32nd Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art Competition (France, 2005).

Composition

Mastering

Premiere

  • February 12, 2005, Gilles Gobeil, diffusion • trans_canada: Topographies • Topographien • Topographies, ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

Awards

Entre les deux rives du printemps

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 18:08
  • Instrumentation: 5.1-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • ISWC: T0733780103

Stereo

ISRC CAD500810910

  • AAC, 320 kbps
  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500810850

Freely adapted from Paradise (Part 3 of The Divine Comedy) by Dante (1265-1321). A poem filled with speed, energy, and pure light, but also bearing a few reminiscences of earthly mistakes.

Paradise, XXX-58:

“And I with vision new rekindled me,
Such that no light whatever is so pure
But that mine eyes were fortified against it.

And light I saw in fashion of a river
Fulvid with its effulgence, ’twixt two banks
Depicted with an admirable Spring.”

[English translation: François Couture, xi-07]


Entre les deux rives du printemps [Between the Two Banks of Spring] was realized in 2006 at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. It premiered on December 8, 2006 during the trans_canada_release festival at the ZKM’s ZKM_Kubus. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the ZKM for their support. Entre les deux rives du printemps was finalist in the 5th Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacústicas (2007, Huelva, Spain).

Composition

Mastering

Premiere

  • December 8, 2006, trans_canada_release: Gilles Gobeil, ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg, Germany)

Le miroir triste

Gilles Gobeil

  • Year of composition: 2007
  • Duration: 13:42
  • Instrumentation: 5.1-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • ISWC: T0733780090

Stereo

ISRC CAD500810920

  • AAC, 320 kbps
  • MP3, 320 kbps
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits

Surround 5.1

ISRC CAD500810860

Freely adapted from a few scenes from an unshot scenario by Russian filmmaker Andrey Tarkovksy (1932-1986) entitled Hoffmanniana (1975) and picturing the tormented life of Romantic-era German writer/composer E T A Hoffmann (1776-1822).

A dialogue between Donna Anna (a character from Don Juan by Mozart) and Hoffmann), taken from Hoffmanniana:

— “Have you ever had, if only in a dream, the certitude that everything was possible, that no matter what you could want, it would have to happen? — And that everything would happen if, suddenly, you were to decide to believe that your impression was real?”

— “Yes, but only in a dream.”

— “But is not the dream as real as reality?” she says, smiling. Then, noticing he is not looking at her but at her reflection in the mirror, she turns around and adds: “You should not be looking into mirrors at night.”

[English translation: François Couture, viii-08]


Le miroir triste [The Sad Mirror] was realized in the summer of 2007 at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. It premiered on December 1, 2007 during Akousma (4), presented by Réseaux at Monument-National’s Studio Hydro-Québec in Montréal. Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), and the ZKM for their support.

Composition

Mastering

Premiere

  • December 1, 2007, Gilles Gobeil, diffusion • Akousma (4): Trois songes, Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)