To Philippe Leroux for his ardour in battle, to François Bayle for Transparence du purgatoire
Half a century of moving back and forth between the Doing and the Listening… an eternity between war and peace.
The Doing, a constant battle fought by the composer in his fortress, the studio; permanently at war with himself, his own listening and his mental images, hoping to conquer the listening, the understanding of the other, and offer him peace.
Through a simple audition, this work intends to share what I once was lucky to hear and what I think I understood from it. A sunrise in the Delta of the Danube. A trivial autumnal watery landscape: feelings of great solitude, grief, austerity, but also tranquility and balance. Longing for the radiant silence to come.
Developments around a panoramic sound recording from a small boat at the center of a gigantic lake. The ordinary scenes of a pallid little morning: night herons fishing, great cormorants parading, the calls of the little egret, the carrion crow, the spotted redshank and numerous coots, a flock of greylag geese for the end credits.
To fix time on media (the proofs of time), then to penetrate it through slow motion, to experiment with duration (the test of time), to explore the depth of acoustic images; that’s all what justifies to me so many years of war in the studio.
[English translation: François Couture, ix-03]
La paix de l’entendre [The Listening Peace] was realized in 1998 in the studios of the Groupe musiques vivantes de Lyon (GMVL) from recordings made in Romania as part of the event “Villa Médicis Hors les Murs” and premiered on 23 February 1998 at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by the Ina-GRM.