Voices Part I

Acousmatic music
Electroacoustic music
Date de création
Everything started when I was experimenting with instruments combining delay lines, filters and modulators on a MARS (Musical Audio Research Station) while preparing an interactive installation project back in 1996.While I was transforming voices and percussive sounds, using those real-time instruments, some textures started a life of their own and wouldn't fit within the initial project. Since then I knew I would one day let them express their very nature in another context. Voices Part I Explores the poetry of those sound materials and combines them with some sounds generated through granular synthesis. It plays with the contrast of both rhythmical elements and steady ones, appearing to be suspended in time.

With all my thanks to La Selva, Principe Antonello Ruffo di Calabria and Sylviane Sapir who allowed me to work for a long time with the MARS... as well as to Birgitte Odgaard Nielsen for letting me use her voice.

Voices Part I was composed at ARTeM studio (Art, Recherche, Technologie et Musique, Brussels) and was premiered on the 30th of May 1997 at the International Bourges Festival "Synthèse 97".

Technical note
Voices Part I
may be played in stereo. The quadraphonic version, available on ADAT tape or ProTools Session, should however be prefered for concert, with the following tracks assignment:
1 - 2 -> L-R Front speakers
3 - 4 -> L-R Rear speakers

CD Releases

- Presence II, CEC (Canada) [PeP 002]
- Power and Responsibility: Converted to Streaming Between Machines, Leonardo Music Journal (USA) [ISAST 9]