Introduction to Canadian Music / Florilège de la musique canadienne (2 × CD) Track Listing Detail

Dripsody: An Etude for Variable Speed Recorder

Hugh Le Caine

  • Year of composition: 1955
  • Duration: 2:00
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium

Big Bang II

Marcelle Deschênes

  • Year of composition: 1987, 95
  • Duration: 5:59
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium

“Endlessly oscillating between light and darkness, Big Bang II is simultaneously a requiem, a gloria and a Halleluiah celebrating the fragile paths of Mankind’s destiny…” -Georges Dyens

In a postnuclear setting where all trace of human life has vanished, crushed remnants emerge from the layers of sand and stone, and the fragments of memory burst through the shadow mouths forming, singing, shutting up, screaming. An extravagant symbol evoking at the same time spiritual or emotional connections and social commentary, this very short representation becomes an imaginary journey, poetic and sidereal, full of the distress generated by our collective fear of the end of the world.

Big Bang II was designed for a strange technological planet created by holographic sculptor Georges Dyens for a multimedia installation comprised of holographic sculptures, lighting, optical fiber and electroacoustic music, all this set in motion by a programmed synchronization system.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-06]


Big Bang II — music for the multimedia installation by George Dyens (1932-2015) — was realized in 1987 at the Bruit blanc studio in Montréal. It was created during the summer of 1987, as part of the international exhibit Images du futur at La Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de Montréal.


Premiere

  • 1989, Images du futur, Cité des arts et des nouvelles technologies de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

Nadir

Christos Hatzis

  • Year of composition: 1988
  • Duration: 5:59
  • Instrumentation: recorder (or flute), viola and fixed medium

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