A tribute to poet Francis Ponge (1899-1988) and the gorgeous poems found in his collection Le parti pris des choses (1942) (“Taking the Side of Things” in the best-known English translation, 1972).
My title is inspired by that book (in English it means something like “Taking the Side of Sounds”), although the piece is the obverse of it. The music is organically built, one event triggering another event, thus producing appearance / disappearance phenomena. What we have here is a dive into bleak magma out of which rise unclear, ill-defined screams and calls. Wave by wave, sonic phenomena rise from it and try to unfurl. This flux/reflux-like dive into indetermination triggers feelings akin to the world of dreams… or nightmares! This “unclear ambience” is the exact opposite of the “things” Francis Ponge so acutely described in his poems.
[English translation: François Couture, vi-21]
Le parti flou des sons [Taking the Side of Sounds] was realized in February 2017 at Musiques & Recherches’s Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio in Ohain (Belgium) and was premiered on March 29, 2017 as part of the concert ÉlectroBlege presented at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Administration générale de la culture, Service de la musique.