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les ponts de l’espace I

Laurie Radford

Programme notes

les ponts de l’espace I consists of six short movements which originally served as a series of brief electroacoustic interventions between acoustic chamber works on a festival concert program. Each movement of les ponts de l’espace I is a miniature study of two compositional processes or strategies: each movement explores the spatial movement of sounds in predefined geometrical shapes and trajectories and is, in addition, a study in the combination and integration of natural environmental recordings with contrasting sound materials transformed and generated by various processes in the electroacoustic studio. A collection of sounds were captured from an invented instrument (Primordium) built by Tom Nunn and installed at Concordia University (Montréal) and consisting of a large, hollow wall panel adorned with various metal jangles, strings, protrusions and membranes. These sound materials, in addition to some synthesized granular synthesis textures, are arranged in such as fashion as to set up a variety of sonic relationships with an unprocessed recording of the sounds of a wintry urban street, sometimes as a parallel stream of activity, sometimes fused with the sounds of the environment that they have entered.


les ponts de l’espace I was realized in 2001 at the composer’s studio and premiered on February 7, 2001 during the rESOund Festival of Contemporary Music at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton (Canada). The piece was commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.


  • February 7, 2001, rESOund Festival of Contemporary Music, Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)
  • Composer(s): Laurie Radford
  • Year of composition: 2001
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Commission: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
  • ISWC: T0714179766
  • Publisher(s): Yul média
  • Duration: 7:14


line I

  • ISWC: T0733761868


  • ISWC: T0733761857

point I

  • ISWC: T0733761846


  • ISWC: T0733761835

point II

  • ISWC: T0733761824

line II

  • ISWC: T0733761813