Sept œils sauvages

Ingrid Drese, Marc Jaffeux

Programme Notes

Sept œils sauvages

“As if lost in darkness, at first; sight wandering. // Areas of shadows; fading silhouettes; uncertain reflections. // Very slowly, the path reveals itself to the eye. // Colours metamorphosing. // The architectural principles of a city built on the mobility of colours will be exposed. // Diffused light, troubled sight, and the inarticulate contribute to the confusion. Low light will be enough to disclose the secrets of matter, colour, and the shape of things. // This story has been told; the quiet entry of characters, simply the suggestion of a presence. // Light asides. // Two worlds tell their stories. The world of words and the world of sounds; occasionally, they touch. // Intersections. Chinks offering their space. // Fortuitious meetings. Relationships are lost. // The path had not been traced. // Lines, points, and smears turn to mass, in turn falling apart. // Incarnate words; tender, serious, serene, sensual, or cheerful voices. // Clearly articulated words, a few at a time, occasionally intelligible, enough to be caught by materials that will spit them out. // Words lost in the colour of sounds; simply. // The shape is sagittal. // The arrow of time flies through these various emotional spaces; pulled off course, caught in turmoil, surprised by too many tremors. // So this arrow, brushing against the seven immutable principles of fragility, ends its trajectory in the darkness of before. Like an eye going back to the undifferentiated, surrendering to the unknown. // May our sights wander.” — Ingrid Drese

“Three centuries before Counter-History, Lus Carolien formulates the architectural principles for a city based on the mobility of colours; the legendary visual artist quotes the authors of an imaginary past that inspired him (poets, novelists, physicians: ‘Œils sauvages’ a spelling license to convey the idea of sight over organ), and words the seven ‘principles of fragility’ at the basis of his work on the colour and dematerialization of colours. So Sept œils sauvages is a fiction, a ‘story,’ told through short and colourful quotes discreetly articulated to the musical materials so as not to challenge the delicate abstraction.” — Marc Jaffeux

Sept œils sauvages [Seven Savage Eyes] was realized in 2003-04 at the studio of the Ina-GRM and at the composer’s studio. It was premiered on May 14, 2005 at Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by Ina-GRM. Thanks to Jean-Yves Izquierdo and Jérôme Crosnier, recorded actors. Thanks to Patrick Levy, Anne Behaxeteguy, Roberto Bertolino, Erwan Cossé, Fabienne Delerue, Denis Dufour, Sandrine Fay, Raphaël Mattey, Gilles Thomas d’Hoste, recorded voices.


  • May 14, 2005, Multiphonies 2004-05: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Ingrid Drese
  • Writer(s): Marc Jaffeux
  • Year of composition: 2003-04
  • Commission: Ina-GRM
  • ISWC: T9009034600
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD501010194