trace - écart

Année de composition
13 minutes
Quatuor and lectronics : guitar, harp, cimbalom, double bass and electronics

The central element of this piece is an audible/inaudible pulse, which continuously moves from the surface to the depth, always leaving a trace in the listening experience. The tenfold and accentuation of this implicit / explicit pulsation gives form to complex rhythms and poly-rhythms which, in turn, form diverse and superimposed cycles. The pulsation appears and disappears like an underground force, like a continuous stream*, on which musical objects and rhythmic organizations emerge, taking the current and ephemeral form of an instant in the infinite possibilities of this current.

The four instruments sculpt and delimit this continuous space through their playing, largely characterized by the plucking of strings. The electronics have an amplifying role, creating rhythmic networks (streams) in echo or capturing and deploying instrumental resonances, increasing the duration of sustains and decays. Following the path of a wandering, the shape of the piece is made up of contrasting sections, which follow one another in a directionless journey, following a trace that leads nowhere. The word trace reads like the palindrome of the word écart

Création mondiale
July 30th, 2017 at the Festival Messiaen, Pays de la Meije, France

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