1Le projet Ulysse, 1: Les Hommes (1996-2001)5:48Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
2Le projet Ulysse, 2: Invocation (1996-2001)1:02Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
3Le projet Ulysse, 3: Ouverture (1996-2001)1:45Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
4Le projet Ulysse, 4: Le récit (1996-2001)1:34Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
5Le projet Ulysse, 5: Jupiter (1996-2001)1:48Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
6Le projet Ulysse, 6: Circé (1996-2001)1:29Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
7Le projet Ulysse, 7: Bloom (1996-2001)1:16Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
8Le projet Ulysse, 8: HMS Calypso / Tempête 1 + Calypso (1996-2001)7:15Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
9Le projet Ulysse, 9: La langue — le vent (1996-2001)2:23Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
10Le projet Ulysse, 10: Héliosphère (1996-2001)2:08Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
11Le projet Ulysse, 11: Le rêve (1996-2001)2:50Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
12Le projet Ulysse, 12: Hauteur des simulacres (1996-2001)2:24Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
13Le projet Ulysse, 13: Le parking (1996-2001)3:16Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
14Le projet Ulysse, 14: Le contour du réel (1996-2001)1:42Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
15Le projet Ulysse, 15: La frontière (1996-2001)0:48Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
16Le projet Ulysse, 16: Au travers du livre + Deuxième voyage (1996-2001)3:52Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
17Le projet Ulysse, 17: Les sanglots + Tempête 2 (1996-2001)4:48Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
18Le projet Ulysse, 18: Dieu fait le ménage (1996-2001)1:56Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
19Le projet Ulysse, 19: L’homme et Dieu (1996-2001)2:59Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
20Le projet Ulysse, 20: Premier regard d’Ulysse sur la patrie (1996-2001)1:04Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
21Le projet Ulysse, 21: Les retrouvailles (1996-2001)1:53Christian CalonLe projet Ulysse
Le projet Ulysse
Built upon the the well-known contruct of the myth of Ulysses. The Ulysses Project is a contemporary transposition of the poem attributed to Homer which provided a reservoir of symbols to draw from, a network of relationships, as well as the material to be transformed. The Ulysses Project takes up the themes of the original all the while inspired by the interpretation of James Joyce from the beginning of the 20th century.
Composed at the end of the last millenia while looking toward the next, made-up of parallel actions that often run together, The Ulysses Project, along its very short trajectory, attempts a hand-drawn map of knowledge and value.
As much with images made of sound as of text, these sketches come together around several paths:
- Language by which the universe is apprehended
- Writing/the storyteller. The go-between and memory of society
- Migration — the (non) return — The stanger
- Matter. The knowledge of the world and the limits of our perception
- Space. Matter seen from its opposite perspective. The mother of us all
- God. Reality and virtuality
- Love. The all-powerful hand which unleashes and calms the storms
The principle characters surrounding Ulysses and Penelope are Homer (the storyteller) and Athena (the mediatic voice). As listeners to the story which begins with Ulysses, we are all a potential Telemachus in this acoustic adventure which we are about to experience.
Here we begin, with a book — or a voice — and a bed.
[English translation: François Couture, viii-11]
Le projet Ulysse [The Ulysses Project] was realized in 1996-2001 at the composer’s studio in Montréal. The voices were recorded in Studio 6 of DeutschlandRadio Berlin; in studio 13 of Radio-Canada (Montréal); at La Criée, Théâtre national de Marseille; and at PRIM (Montréal). Some audio processing was realized in the studio of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris (France).
The original texts were written in French, except those of Penelope, written in English and reviewed in improvisation context with the collaboration of Shelley Hirsch. The translations are by Éveline Passet (German), Fortner Anderson and Paolo Dibiase (English), and Geneviève Letarte (French).
So numerous were my sources of inspiration, inside cues and references (buried, lost or forgotten), hidden in the text and the music, that I have not been able to keep track of them all. Still, these names stand out that need to be quoted and thanked: Dante, Friedrich Hölderlin, Theòdoros Angelòpoulos, François Bayle, Fritz Lang, James Joyce, Michel Serres, Jim Jarmusch, Homer, Bernard Parmegiani, Jean-Luc Godard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Francis Dhomont, Wim Wenders, and Witold Gombrowicz.
With the voices of (German version): Shelley Hirsch, Nada Laukam-Josten, Wolfgang Michael, Gerry Wolff, and Uli Aumüller, Detlef Baltrock, Clarisse Cossais, Irma Laukam-Josten, Jonas Maron, Götz Naleppa. With the voices of (French version): Gabriel Gascon, Shelley Hirsch, Élisabeth Lenormand, Jean Maheux, Wajdi Mouawad, and Fortner Anderson, Uli Aumüller, Ned Bouhalassa, Chantal Dumas, Mario Gauthier, Geneviève Letarte. The guitar materials were performed by René Lussier and the voice materials by Shelley Hirsch.
The radiophonic German / English version of the work — produced by Deutschlandradio Berlin, and Sender Freies Berlin; Götz Naleppa, executive producer; Clarisse Cossais, asssitant — was premiered on December 4, 1998 during the radio programme Werkstatt on Deutschlandradio Berlin (Germany). The multitrack spatialized (on 89 loudspeakers) version was premiered on January 15, 1999 at the Zeiss Großplanetarium in Berlin (Germany).
The radiophonic French / English version — produced by the Chaîne culturelle of Radio-Canada, Mario Gauthier, executive producer — was premiered on June 10, 2001 during the radio programme L’Espace du son on the Chaîne culturelle of Radio-Canada.
The stage French / English version was premiered on November 8, 2002 during the Elektra festival at Usine C in Montréal.
Furthermore The Ulysses Project was broadcasted on June 16, 2004 by SüdWest Rundfunk (SWR, Germany) as part of the 100th Bloomsday celebrations, and in 2009, it represented Deutschlandradio at the 20th anniversary of the Ars Acustica group of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).
The realization of The Ulysses Project owes also a lot to: Götz Naleppa, Chantal Dumas, Clarisse Cossais, Michaela Ziegler, Mario Gauthier, Irma Laukam-Josten, Geneviève Letarte, Uli Aumüller, and of course Shelley Hirsch.
Le projet Ulysse was awarded the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), 1996), and the Grand Prix Marulic (Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), Croatia, 1999).
- December 4, 1998, Werkstatt, Deutschlandradio Berlin, Berlin (Germany)