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Working with Karlheinz Stockhausen - The art of performing

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Dress rehearsal, August 2003.As an homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen, I want to share with you a text I wrote in 2003, right after working with the composer. Several noteworthy aspects of his work have not been given much importance in the comments after his passing away. One of them is the importance of performance practice in his music. That's one of the memories we musicians will keep after having performed the world première and recorded Rechter Augenbrauentanz (The Dance of the Right Eyebrow).The musiciansclarinet and solo Eb clarinet: Michele Marelliclarinets: Rumi Sota-Klemm (by the way, Rumi played basset-horn in Montag aus Licht), Antonia Lorenz, Roberta Gottardi, Maja Pawelke, Jean-François Charlesbass clarinets: Petra Stump and Heinz-Peter Linshalmsynthesizer: Antonio Pérez Abellánpercussion: Michael Pattmannconductor: Adrian HegerIn the recording studio, August 2003.Impressions (2003)Stockhausen is a master in performance practice. Admittedly, he is first and foremost a …

Nigritella nigra - Black Vanilla Music

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A composition for clarinet and string quartetNigritella nigra's first part (until 3'50'') consists in a chord which color changes through the use of microtones. This is a musical image of the flower's vanilla scent. The short central passage (until 4'15'') is a deforming mirror. After that comes a distorted retrograde of the first part. The concentration of energy in microtones in the first part is transformed in more extravert gestures in the second part. The flower Nigritella nigra has a strong character! Avignon - AcanthesI composed Nigritella nigra in 1998, for my first participation to the contemporary classical music center Centre Acanthes. Sofia Gubaidulina was the guest composer, while Viktor Suslin was responsible for the composition workshop. You are listening to the recording of the final concert, featuring musicians from the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon-Provence, conducted by Sylvio Gualda:Didier Breuque, clarinetDelphine Avcioglu, vi…

Bleu 1 - Remix your own version

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Tonight, Saturday December 15th, I will diffuse Bleu 2 on the 30 speakers of the Hydra Loudspeaker Orchestra. The mixing consoles driving the Hydra:As I already mentioned in my post Bleu 2 - electronic music - transcription, I composed the electronic music for Bleu 2 using as source material only Bleu 1, a set of three clarinet improvisations (well, clarinet in its extended meaning: bass clarinet, basset-horn, and contrabass clarinet). No other sample, nor synthesizers of any kind, but only sound processing of the original recordings.
My additional constraint has been to make Bleu 2 the same duration as Bleu 1. Feel free to remixNow, you can listen to Bleu 1, download the files, and make your own remix. You can also listen to each of the parts while looking at Miró's corresponding painting. These 3 improvised miniatures are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.You can listen to Bleu 2, my "remix" of Bleu 1, from my…

60/60 - Join the Creation!

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60/60 is an invitation to take part in my new composition project. I will compose 60 minutes of music, partly inspired by you and by a present you offer me.Make a present - Receive a minute of musicThe process is very simple: You make me a present from my amazon wish list (see below)I produce one minute of musicThe music is dedicated to you (you may stay anonymous if you wish)I e-mail the music to you (if you leave your e-mail address)I tell the story about the gift and the composition on this blogI make the music available here, tooToday, there are 60 gifts on my list. At the end of the project, I will have composed one hour of music.Here is the list:Update June 14th, 2010
It's time for me to put this list off-line. You may still participate in the project. Feel free to make a gift of your own choice.
FAQsWhat kind of music will you produce?The music will feature various ensembles: solo instruments, electronic music, chamber music, film music, MIDI instruments, improvisation, live …

Agate Lithophone Remix

I received a nice surprise last week. Georges, a multimedia artist from Savoie, France, reacted to my post Lithophone - Agate Music, and e-mailed me a remix of my example. Listen to his Agate composition.Also, make sure you visit Georges' blog audiosource (in French), and maybe you will subscribe to his RSS feed. He declares his blog is about sounds, all sounds, the means of making them, recording them, composing with them, transporting them, making music or not with them.Some posts with sounds and stories I like (you need to find the link to listen to the music):PondicherymixGrive musicienneL'aluphoniste and L'aluphone portiqueVariation pour sonnette

Plex - Basset-horn and Live Electronics

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In fall 2002, still at Strasbourg Conservatory, I registered at the École nationale de musique du pays de Montbéliard (Montbéliard national music school). Ensemble New Flore had just invested in a new Apple Laptop (a Powerbook G4, 800 MHz, 756 Mo, at the time), and I wanted to learn interactive music with Max/MSP. I chose Montbéliard because of the composition faculty, Hans Tutschku and Jacopo Baboni Schilingi. Each other week, we met there during 2 intense days, with many great students. We were a creative and motivated community of young artists, including, for instance, Lorenzo "Lorbi" Bianchi and Daniele Segre Amar (now members of esc-crew). Nice music school in Montbéliard, isn't it?My first composition with live electronicsPlex is a composition for solo instrument and live electronics. The live electronics may be played either by the soloist, or by a second performer. I performed the premiere on clarinet and live electronics in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, on Ju…