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Ce qu’entend le noyé

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 9:59
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9318126748

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110034

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Rocked by the waves, the Drowning Man can hear seagulls and his boat pulling away. And underwater? The sirens’ song?

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Ce qu’entend le noyé [What the Drowned Man Hears] was realized in April 2019 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Composition

Le parti flou des sons

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2017
  • Duration: 8:43
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9227922567

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110035

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

A tribute to poet Francis Ponge (1899-1988) and the gorgeous poems found in his collection Le parti pris des choses (1942) (“Taking the Side of Things” in the best-known English translation, 1972).

My title is inspired by that book (in English it means something like “Taking the Side of Sounds”), although the piece is the obverse of it. The music is organically built, one event triggering another event, thus producing appearance / disappearance phenomena. What we have here is a dive into bleak magma out of which rise unclear, ill-defined screams and calls. Wave by wave, sonic phenomena rise from it and try to unfurl. This flux/reflux-like dive into indetermination triggers feelings akin to the world of dreams… or nightmares! This “unclear ambience” is the exact opposite of the “things” Francis Ponge so acutely described in his poems.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Le parti flou des sons [Taking the Side of Sounds] was realized in February 2017 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on March 29, 2017 as part of the concert ÉlectroBlege presented at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Premiere

  • March 29, 2017, ÉlectroBelge, Le Senghor, Brussels (Belgium)

Composition

L’hubris du monde

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2019
  • Duration: 10:20
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9318126726

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110036

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

I hear the society of Mankind and Nature screaming their pains and limits. L’hubris du monde is the revolted expression of that current state of things.

The human world and the planet have been sacked by our excesses (hubris)
The Planet, faced with our unquenchable avidity, answers
Mankind is quick to forget
Then what?
One step forward
Two steps back
Will one more step forward be still possible?

Part one of a trilogy composed during the pandemic, this trilogy holding a mirror to it.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


L’hubris du monde [The World’s Hubris] was realized in February 2019 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on April 24, 2019 as part of the concert ÉlectroBelge presented at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to JJ Quinet for donating sounds and to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Premiere

  • April 24, 2019, ÉlectroBelge, Le Senghor, Brussels (Belgium)

Composition

L’odeur du soufre

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2020
  • Duration: 9:43
  • Instrumentation: 4-channel fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3073841353

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110037

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

Something in the air smells like sulphur, our senses alert us. The breath of danger is coming from everywhere at once, a single spark and everything will blow up. My music illustrates the slow progression of the impacts of an invisible poison.

To do so—and to immerse the audience—I composed this piece in quadraphony. I transformed a series of explosive and dithered sounds that can be surprising (by their sudden appearance) or appeasing. One final, more optimistic note concludes this descent into hell.

“Dangerous actions are, in their natures, poisons which at the first are scarce found to distaste, but… burn like the mines of Sulphur… as soon as violence intervenes.” — Slightly modified quote from William Shakespeare’s Othello (1604): one word (“conceits”) changed for another (“actions”) and addition of an extra phrase (“as soon as violence intervenes”).

Part two of a trilogy composed during the pandemic, this trilogy holding a mirror to it.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


L’odeur du soufre [The Smell of Sulphur] was realized in April 2020 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Composition

Fin de crise

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2021
  • Duration: 7:04
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3073840101

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110038

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

The final part of a trilogy composed during the pandemic, this trilogy holding a mirror to it. Anger (L’hubris du monde), the spark that sets everything on fire; daytime nightmares (L’odeur du soufre), and fires; the last feverish flames (Fin de crise), and the promise of clearer skies, with birds, locusts, liberating wing beats, signs of hope.

I chose stereophony to release the audience from immersive horror (the quadraphonic L’odeur du soufre) so that they can perceive a horizon that stretches far away in front of them, and from which emerges a light, the long-awaited end of the crisis.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Fin de crise [End of Crisis] was realized in 2021 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on August 29, 2021 as part of the concert ÉlectroBelge presented at Jardin d’Orphée in Ohain. Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Premiere

  • August 29, 2021, ÉlectroBelge, Jardin d’Orphée, Ohain (Belgium)

Composition

Paysages

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2016
  • Duration: 7:48
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9227344243

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110039

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

To my daughter Alice

Acousmatic music composed from natural landscape sounds (the forest, the sea), animal sounds (birds, mammals), elemental sounds (water, wind), and symbolic electronic sounds… These sounds, once transformed using various electroacoustic means, are projected in a triptych of playful interrelations to compose “an organized assemblage whose model is rooted in the history of painting: the invention of landscape” (Daniel Deshays, our translation). Here, one can hear inhabited landscapes.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Paysages [Landscapes] was realized in 2016 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on March 23, 2016 as part of the concert ÉlectroBelge presented at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Premiere

  • March 23, 2016, ÉlectroBelge, Le Senghor, Brussels (Belgium)

Composition

Trajets

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 1991
  • Duration: 10:30
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3073842152

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110040

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

This piece is a musical declension of the notion of “route,” including trajectory, space and time. The time needed to travel through space. I was inspired by the possibility offered by playing with spatialized trajectories at an acousmatic music concert with a feature-rich acousmonium.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Trajets [Routes] was realized in 1991 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on November 17, 1992 at Festival de radios de création in Centre culturel d’Anderlecht (Belgium).

Premiere

  • November 17, 1992, Festival de radios de création, Escale du nord — Centre culturel d’Anderlecht, Anderlecht (Belgium)

Composition

Voyage-mirages

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2018
  • Duration: 7:56
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T9305936587

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110041

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

For Voyage-mirages, I started with an excerpt from Le nuage (1871), a poem by Louise Ackermann (1813-1890) that illustrates the rapport acousmatic music allows with reality and all its mirages.

And so, no stopping, ever. Immortal matter
Never for a moment has yet been able to rest.
Nature, a patient labourer, only
Dissolves and recomposes.

Everything transforms between her active hands;
Everywhere is ceaseless varied movement,
Within the eternal circle of fleeting shapes,
Shaking the enormous universe.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Voyage-mirages was realized in 2018 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on April 25, 2018 as part of the concert ÉlectroBelge presented at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.

Premiere

Composition

Voyage, voyage

Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Duration: 2:54
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISWC: T3073841148

Stereo

ISRC CAD502110042

  • 44,1 kHz, 16 bits

To Francis Dhomont

A miniature, a music clip in honour of Francis Dhomont. Some of his pieces where the idea of travel is seminal made me want to cross spaces.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]


Voyage, voyage [Travel, Travel] was realized in 2006 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on October 21, 2006 at the concert Hommage aux 80 ans de Francis Dhomont presented as part of the festival L’Espace du son at Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium).

Premiere

  • October 21, 2006, L’Espace du son 2006: Hommage aux 80 ans de Francis Dhomont, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)

Composition