baritone saxophone and processing

Jean-François Laporte, in this new collaboration initiated by Quasar, wants to explore the application of new technological tools to the unusual playing techniques that characterise his work for traditional instruments. In that sense, the composer brings together two areas on which he’s worked extensively but which remain separate in his repertoire—until now, he’d applied his knowledge in music-related computer science acquired at Ircam in 2003 only to his invented instruments, not traditional instruments. Please note that the work on this piece is still in progress.

As in his previous work, Jean-François Laporte approaches the music by manipulating the instruments in use himself—this piece is thus the result of a close collaboration with saxophonist Jean-Marc Bouchard, with whom he’s previously worked on many pieces, such as Le chant de l’inaudible for saxophone quartet, La plénitude du vide, for saxophone quartet and invented instruments (which won the Prix Opus for Creation of the year in 2005) and Une expérience du blanc, for solo baritone saxophone. The playing techniques developed for this last piece are found again in this new work, but the sound possibilities are now greatly expanded by the use of computer tools that are put in their service. The idea here is not to confront a virtual to a real universe but rather to achieve a harmonious blend of the very organic sonorities of the instrumental part with the resonances, often perceived as “artificial”, of the electronic treatment.

N Pascal [English translation: M Ouellet, ii-07]