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Corps de brume

Line Katcho

  • Year of composition: 2015
  • Duration: 11:40
  • Instrumentation: siren organ, processing and fixed medium
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain
  • ISWC: T9168255616

Stereo

Essentially inspired by the tone of the instrument and its incessant breath, this piece aims at creating a contradictory state of mind: stationary, hypnotic and hazy but also progressive, bright and clear. Corps de brume calls for the wild, the great chase, the search for that transcendent state which carries the mind beyond itself.


Premiere

  • June 6, 2015, Marie-Chantal Leclair, siren organ • Totem électrique: Totem électrique VII, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

La bissectrice du cône

Guillaume Cliche

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 8:28
  • Instrumentation: bowl and fixed medium
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA

Stereo

The bowl is a simple instrument built with a membrane and a stainless steel bowl. The contact between the compressed air and the mambrane gives a spectral richness that I had to put forward. The sounds from the materials of which the Bol is made are therefore the premise of the project. The composition allows the project to evolve with the algorithmic permutations that the sound underwent.


Premiere

  • February 7, 2013, Électrochoc 2012-13: Électrochoc 5: Jean-François Laporte, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

À son insu

Maxime McKinley

  • Year of composition: 2014
  • Duration: 10:26
  • Instrumentation: siren organ and fixed medium
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA

Stereo

Working on a mixed piece for an instrument invented by Jean-François Laporte (the siren organ) made me dive into a sonic world about which I knew nothing. Using this ignorance as a creative space stimulated me a lot in this project; a creative process that made me feel that what I think I know about sound actually only touches the tip of the iceberg. Hence the title, À son insu (“without knowing”), which can be read in French as a current expression (what happens without one noticing, what escapes us), but also as a sort of dedication or tribute to the sound and what it has to teach us (in French, “À” can mean “To”). The tape is made entirely from recordings of the siren organ, sometimes used with kitchen utensils (whisk, lids) and bells. First shy, the sound flourishes gradually: the potential of the siren organ unfolds in a development that extends more and more, accumulating breaths, beating in high harmonics, percussive attack-resonance effects, and textures of microtonal chords slowly moving. The siren organ (real) runs in its own potential (virtual), “walking” in the tape through “nomad doublings”, that is to say it points out, supports, or increases various elements and / or layers of the tape.


This piece was composed with support from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), with the assistance of Adam Basanta for the realisation of the electronics. Thanks to Jean-François Laporte and Marie-Chantal Leclair for their availability and generosity that made exploration possible.

Premiere

  • June 2, 2014, Marie-Chantal Leclair, siren organ • Totem électrique Québec, Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Quebec City (Québec)

Vent solaire

Jean-François Blouin

  • Year of composition: 2014
  • Duration: 15:25
  • Instrumentation: Babel table, processing and fixed medium
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA

Stereo

The title — “solar wind” in English — is inspired by the spectral sounds generated by the thirteen acoustic oscillators that forms the instrument. The tape part has been realized from recordings of the Babel table and it has the role to densify the sonic continuum of the piece. Holding a microphone in one hand, the musician captures and processes the sound of the acoustic oscillators.


Premiere

  • June 2, 2014, Jean-Marc Bouchard, Babel table • Totem électrique Québec, Conservatoire de musique de Québec, Quebec City (Québec)

Vertiges

Maxime Corbeil-Perron

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Duration: 11:02
  • Instrumentation: siren organ, processing and fixed medium
  • Commission: Productions Totem contemporain, with support from the CCA

Stereo

A cathartic expression of vertigo, the kind one can feel towards time. The sounds used in this composition include field recordings, vinyl samplings, analog and digital synthesis, prepared piano and the siren organ, an wind instrument invented by Jean-François Laporte.


Many thanks to Marie-Chantal Leclair, Martin Bédard, Clément Topping, Louis Dufort, and to Jean-François Laporte for his generosity and his wonderful instruments.

Premiere

  • June 2, 2012, Marie-Chantal Leclair, siren organ; Maxime Corbeil-Perron, diffusion • Totem électrique: Totem électrique IV, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Recording

  • ca 2014 – ca

Mastering