Friday, December 19, 2014

Electroclarinet 6 - from manuscript to score

After the recording, here are a couple of pictures, from the early sketches to the score:

Part I, first sketch & score:

Part II, from my pocket notebook:

Part III, sketch & score excerpt:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Electroclarinet 6 - listen online

After the première of Electroclarinet 6 in November, I just posted a recording online. The composition is articulated in three parts:

  • Part I: 0:00 to 6:15
  • Part II: 6:15 to 9:25
  • Part III: 9:25 to 14:06

Use the player above, or listen here to this piece for bass clarinet & live electronics.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More bass clarinet coming up

Monday, last week in Helsinki, in the green room before the première of Electroclarinet 6: the clarinet fixing kit was precious when it came to fine-tuning this old Buffet bass clarinet!

I had a wonderful time in Finland, where I met with great musicians and artists. Expect more about this musical trip in upcoming posts.

In the meantime, I am performing Electroclarinet 6, for bass clarinet & live electronics, on Friday, November 28th, in Brest. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Electroclarinet 6 premièred at MuteFest'14

On Monday, November 17th, I'll be performing in Helsinki, in the beautiful "Black Box" space at the Sibelius Academy, during the MuteFest'14 electronic music festival. Information is also available here, in Finnish. I'm looking forward to meeting the academy's dynamic artistic community, as well as cellist Émilie Girard-Charest, who is performing on Monday, too.

Program notes

I'm going to première Electroclarinet 6, for bass clarinet & live electronics, and perform Electroclarinet 5, as well.
Tentative program notes:

Electroclarinet 5 is a composition for clarinet & live electronics, and an homage to Igor Stravinsky.
The score is built around four motives directly inspired by Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet solo and Piano-Rag-Music. The performer plays around the score, following paths of her/his choice, or adventuring out of the suggested paths. The live electronics use audio signal recognition to react to the clarinetist’s improvisation and interpretation. Both the musician and the electronics keep adapting their sound production to the music actually heard.
I first envisioned this piece after the Piano Sonata – a work first published as rolls for the Duo-Art reproducing piano: Stravinsky composed for a traditional instrument augmented through technology.
Duration: ca. 5 minutes.

Electroclarinet 6 is a composition for bass clarinet & live electronics, in three movements.
The first part consists in the exploration of a stretched out sonic texture, where the clarinet tones aggregate and dissolve.
During the second part, hoarse drops and raspy oscillations reveal other facets of the same sound material.
The third part gives way to a melody from an imaginary folklore unfolding over a vulnerable landscape.
Duration: ca. 15 minutes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Workshop on Musical Timbre

I'm looking forward to meeting a number of friends of mine in Paris tomorrow, for a Workshop on Musical Timbre, at the invitation of Juan Bello.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jam at Espace Léo Ferré

Two musical evenings celebrating the 20 years of the Léo Ferré space. On stage Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 9 p.m.:

  • Nikolaz Cadoret, harp & electronics
  • Jean-Philippe Le Coz, tuba & trombone
  • François Lucas, saxophone, oboe, English horn & electronics
  • Céline Rivoal, accordion
  • Christian Sarrau, saxophone & electronics
  • Jean-François Charles, clarinets & electronics
  • And of course, our host: Thierry Tremintin, drums

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10th International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo

Yesterday opened the 10th International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo, organized by composer Flo Menezes, the founder of the Studio PANaroma de Música Eletroacústica.

Check out below the amazing program, including the projection of Stockhausen's Hymnen in a 52 speaker sound theater!

I had the great pleasure to meet Flo Menezes in Kürten, Deutschland, when I attended the Stockhausen courses for the first time. Flo Menezes is as generous as his music; his experience and knowledge is immense, and he is always ready to share with musicians and students.

Nova Ars Subtilior

Last year, Wolke Verlag published Flo Menezes's new book: Nova Ars Subtilior - Essays zur maximaoistischen Musik. The book includes all of Menezes's Cologne lectures, as well as a conversation with editor Ralph Paland, in German. Menezes wrote other essays in English, about not only maximalist music, but also electroacoustic music, music and politics, Adorno, time in music, and more.

Make sure you visit the Works section of Flo Menezes's web site to listen to reductions of a couple of his compositions. I would recommend to pay attention first to electroacoustic works, or music with live electronics: he is an important composer of electroacoustic music.