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Impasto

Christian Bouchard

Programme notes

Pollock’s name is also associated with the introduction of the All-over style of painting which avoids any points of emphasis or identifiable parts within the whole canvas and therefore abandons the traditional idea of composition in terms of relations among parts.” —Nicolas Pioch, WebMuseum, July 16, 2002

Impasto is a triptych about expressionistic-abstract painters (Pollock, Riopelle, and Shiraga) I started in 2006. It consists in a work on the spontaneity of composition, information density, intentional awkwardness, “obvious editing” (Michel Chion). Destabilization through a lack of direction, interrupted segments, struggles between different materials. It is also abandoning any form of narrative or poetical expression in an attempted non-relationship between sounds — form — work. Research work on the possible velocity of sounds. An attempt at recreating this form of pictural frenzy.

[English translation: François Couture, iv-11]


Impasto was realized in 2006-08 at the composer’s studio (synthesizers: Sonic Core-Flexor, Reaktor; samplers: Emulator X2, Kontakt, Shortcircuit, Reaktor; processing: Flexor, Reaktor).

  • Composer(s): Christian Bouchard
  • Year of composition: 2006-08
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • ISWC: T9061529815
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média

Movements

Impasto 46


Impasto 46 was realized in 2006 at the composer’s studio and premiered on April 29, 2006 during the Les machines à communiquer events presented by Codes d’accès at La Chapelle in Montréal (Québec). The piece was commissioned by Codes d’accès with support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).

Premiere

  • April 29, 2006, Les machines à communiquer: III: Concert de musique électroacoustique, La Chapelle — scènes contemporaines, Montréal (Québec)
  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Commission: Codes d’accès, with support from the CALQ
  • ISWC: T9061528970
  • Duration: 16:29
  • ISRC: CAD501110100

Impasto 128


Impasto 128 was realized in 2008 at the composer’s studio and premiered under the title Faux 128 on December 12, 2008 during the concert series Akousma (5) presented by Réseaux des arts médiatiques at the Monument-National’s Studio Hydro-Québec in Montréal (Québec). Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ).

Premiere

  • December 12, 2008, Akousma (5): Programme double, Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)
  • Year of composition: 2008
  • ISWC: T9061528969
  • Duration: 19:31
  • ISRC: CAD501110101

Impasto finale


Impasto finale was realized in 2008 at the composer’s studio and premiered on December 12, 2008 as part of the concert series Akousma (5) presented by Réseaux des arts médiatiques at the Monument-National’s Studio Hydro-Québec in Montréal (Québec). It was commissioned by Réseaux des arts médiatiques.

Premiere

  • December 12, 2008, Akousma (5): Programme double, Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)
  • Year of composition: 2008
  • Commission: Réseaux des arts médiatiques
  • ISWC: T9061528958
  • Duration: 9:38
  • ISRC: CAD501110102