Sons et tintamarre

Roxanne Turcotte

Programme notes
Sound tales for Fannie and to all children of the world

[5 childlike miniatures]

A suggestive flight over sounds…

[synopsis] Tarapatapom lives in a land where strange sounds grow and fly all around her. She meets Tintamarre, a talking music box who introduces her to Coquet-the-parrot-who-memorizes-everything. Together, they go in search of the world of electroacoustic art. All the sounds they discover are memorized, synthesized, sampled, treated, organized and filed inside the magic box. After sound watching, sounds take off to create surprising ambiences. Open your ears wide! Don’t let the sounds escape before you have a chance to hear them.

A sound tale for all ages with animation, staging and scenography, intended for children (and for adults who still have the heart of a child and want to indulge their imagination of yesteryear). A sound story depicts the process of making an electroacoustic work in the composer’s studio.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

Sons et tintamarre was realized at the composer’s studio (Studio Séducson) in Montréal in 1994-95 with the help of the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). It was digitized and remixed in 2002. The piece premiered in the fall of 1995 during a tour of the Concertino series of the Jeunesses musicales du Canada. The show was put on again by the Productions Denise Larose in 1996. Thanks to my daughter Fannie (my inspiration) and to her friends from kindergarten, and children of the school La Perdriolle (L’œuf magique). Thanks to Estelle Esse for the few notes she sang (L’œuf magique).


  • 1995, Concertino, Canada
  • Composer(s): Roxanne Turcotte
  • Year of composition: 1994-95, 2002
  • Instrumentation: keyboard and stereo fixed medium
  • ISWC: T0717540174
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média


8, 9, 10… des sons à dormir debout

A game of hide-and-seek, sound captures and spatialization.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

  • ISWC: T9014565174
  • Duration: 3:21
  • ISRC: CAD500316850

Histoire sans paroles

The magic of sound illustration through fast-paced editing. Music for a cartoon without pictures. (A first version of this piece was commissioned by Télé-Québec for a cartoon project.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

  • ISWC: T9014491759
  • Duration: 1:17
  • ISRC: CAD500316860


Games and sound environments related to childhood.

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

  • ISWC: T9014516597
  • Duration: 1:10
  • ISRC: CAD500316870

Ballon rouge qui bouge…

A bouncing ball can travel way beyond the basket. The ball sings, moves around and multiplies… (Transformations of a bouncing sound sample. Rhythmic and stereophonic games, modification of the original timbre, equalizing.)

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

  • ISWC: T9014547605
  • Duration: 1:36
  • ISRC: CAD500316880

L’œuf magique…

The story of an egg taking us into a world of dreams… a wonderland! The little Fanny, six years old, and her friends Laura, Antonin and Julien are on the trail of a marvelous treasure. They meet Loulou-the-wolf and Léon-the-pink-pig who help them in their quest. A magic egg leads them through thrilling adventures all around the world… On North-African ground, in Berber songs, toward the Italian sea, close to the powerful volcano Arenal in Costa Rica, by way of a mysterious forest where strange animals live…

[English translation: François Couture, vi-03]

  • ISWC: T9014521381
  • Duration: 3:55
  • ISRC: CAD500316890