Topographies (CD) Track listing detail

Grand dehors

Martin Bédard

  • Year of composition: 2011
  • Duration: 9:53
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Erreur de type 27 (E27)

Stereo

ISRC CAD501310001

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

The Pavillon Charles-Baillargé of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec used to be the Québec City Jail, and it is filled with traces and memories. Grand dehors is an attempt at symbolically and poetically rehabilitating this location through sound. Two states of the same substance are at the heart of this project. Freedom and captivity are musically embodied in a narrative that balances back and forth between vivid, energetic drives with lots of movement, and behaviours of isolation and confinement. The piece unfolds like the changing paths of life, which, along the vagaries of the road, presents us with limits and liberties. The sounds I used come in part from the old cells now restored.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


Grand dehors [Great Outside] was realized in 2011 at the composer’s studio and premiered on January 28, 2011 during the concert Espaces de mémoires presented by Erreur de type 27 (E27) at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The piece was commissioned by E27. Thanks to Marie-Hélène Breault and E27, and to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec for their hospitality and collaboration.


Premiere

  • January 28, 2011, Espaces de mémoires, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City (Québec)

Topographie de la noirceur

Martin Bédard

  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Arrangement: Arr. Martin Bédard, 2005
  • Duration: 3:54
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Commission: Codes d’accès, with support from the CALQ

Stereo

ISRC CAD501310002

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 44,1 kHz, 24 bits
  • 44,1 kHz, 32 bits

Inspired by the main character in Aleksandr Zinovyev’s novel Notes of the Nightwatchman, I imagined I was a night watchman making unreal rounds in the heart of darkness where, guided by bleak light and the echoes of one’s footsteps, everything in these transfigured places is experienced from within.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


The acousmatic version of Topographie de la noirceur [Topography of Darkness] was realized in 2005 at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 29, 2006 as part of the concert series Les machines à communiquer presented by Codes d’accès at La Chapelle (Montréal). Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Topographie de la noirceur was awarded the Second Prize at the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s Jeu de temps / Times Play (JTTP) competition (CEC, Canada, 2005).


Premiere

  • April 29, 2006, Les machines à communiquer: III: Concert de musique électroacoustique, La Chapelle, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Push & Pull

Martin Bédard

  • Year of composition: 2010
  • Duration: 16:00
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques, with support from the CALQ

Stereo

ISRC CAD501310003

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

The acousmatic piece Push & Pull draws its inspiration from two different wells. The first one has been dug into the world of trains. Musicalized trains are moving back and forth between states of propulsion (“push”) and standstill (“pull”). The second source of inspiration comes from the lyrics to a song that inhabited by teenage years (Kid Gloves by Rush). The song is about this inevitable pitching between push and pull that we all go through at one time or another in our lives, and that we have to learn to control, sometime with great difficulty.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


Push & Pull was realized in 2010 at the composer’s studio and premiered on October 28, 2010 as part of the festival Akousma (7), at the Studio Hydro-Québec of the Monument-National (Montréal, Québec). Push & Pull was commissioned by Réseaux des arts médiatiques. Thanks to Nicolas Bernier and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). Push & Pull was awarded the Second Prize ex æquo at the 9th Musicacoustica-Beijing competition (China, 2012).


Premiere

  • October 28, 2010, 20 Years of empreintes DIGITALes, Akousma (7): Soirée «acousmatique», Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Métal fatigue

Martin Bédard

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 12:43
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

Stereo

ISRC CAD501310004

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 48 kHz, 24 bits
  • 48 kHz, 32 bits

Metal as a metaphor for life… Metal as a projection of one’s self…

Fatigue is a process that locally changes the properties of a material under stress. It can lead to the formation of cracks in the material and eventually to a fracture of the structure. The main stages of fatigue are: embrittlement due to external forces, propagation of cracks, and final fracture.

The following keywords have inspired the behavioural universe of the materials and the global development of the piece: external force, yield strength (material resilience), distortion (temporary/permanent), crack, fracture, primitive material defects, alloys, casting, and starting anew.

The collapse of the Québec Bridge in 1907 was one of the major symbolic elements at play in this project. It served as the trigger, initiating the conceptualization and execution of this piece.

Ingredients: metal, transforming agents, underwater recordings.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


Métal fatigue [Fatigue Metal] was realized in 2012 at the composer’s studio (Montréal) and during trips to Havre-Aubert (Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec) and Saint-Eugène (L’Islet, Québec). Thanks to Christian Bouchard, Georges Forget, Robert Normandeau, and Stéphane Roy, not to forget Marie-Hélène Breault, Geneviève Deraspe, and Jimmie LeBlanc. Métal fatigue received a mention at the 9th Musicacoustica-Beijing competition (China, 2012).


Awards

Champs de fouilles

Martin Bédard

  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Duration: 10:40
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Commission: Erreur de type 27 (E27)

Stereo

ISRC CAD501310005

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits
  • 44,1 kHz, 24 bits
  • 44,1 kHz, 32 bits

“My piece Champs de fouilles pays tribute to the singular history and personality of the city of Québec. With this work, I wanted to further explore the cohabitation of electroacoustic media and what I call phonoculture, or the audio heritage of a specific community or area.”

This piece focuses on referential sounds, sounds that can be recognized, sounds rooted in reality. I have worked on them in the studio to transcend their anecdotal nature and turn them into materials conducive to the appearance of something musical. These sounds served as symbols, metaphors, clues, which means that a narrative-based conception of the sonic phenomena underpinned my approach. Also cohabiting in this piece are non-referential sonic materials obtained by slicings or treatments meant to either shape the soundwriting into phrasing, act as signals, or play a totally abstract part.

The title Champs de fouilles alludes to the archeological digs that were under way in the city while I was making the piece.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


Champs de fouilles [Dig Site] was realized in 2008 at the composer’s studio and premiered (under the title Excavations) on May 11, 2008 at Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique française in Québec. It was commissioned by Erreur de type 27 (E27). Thanks to Gisèle Ricard, to Vincent Breton who helped a lot with field recordings, and to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). Champs de fouilles was awarded the Second Prize at the 7th Prix collégien de musique contemporaine 2014-15 (Sherbrooke, Québec), a Second Prize at the Sound in Space competition (Boston, USA, 2011), a Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2010), a First Prize at Computer Space (Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010), an Honorable mention at Prix Ton Bruynèl (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010), and a First Prize at the 2nd International Electroacoustic Music Contest (CEMVA) (Varginha, Brazil, 2008).


Premiere

  • May 11, 2008, Under the title Excavations: Concert, Chapelle — Musée de l’Amérique française, Quebec City (Québec)

Awards

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