violin, cello and accordion

Premiere: February 21, 2009, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2009: Deux GRAME(s), Société des arts technologiques, Montréal (Québec)

“Man gains knowledge of himself in flashes, and even when he knows himself, his grasp is incomplete. He does not realize this constant cohesion of forces that is necessary for every true creation.”

— Antonin Artaud, Correspondence with Jacques Rivière, 1924

This work is structured in four different moments that I call “fragments,” not because of their length, but rather to refer to a moment in time that is fleeting and self-contained, but that also represents an idea and expresses meaning that is different from what is around it. My goal is to situate each “fragment” in a timeless space, that is, where it has no direction relationship to previous or future ideas, with no development over time—a sound gesture that exists in a continual present, absolute and unreal. Rather than thinking of the work as a totality, in this piece I wanted to capture the essence of a different gesture in each fragment, and exploit its expressive possibilities to the maximum. These gestures include, for example, the sound of an accordion from which the strings arise, the idea of spatialization and the projection of sound in space. For the first fragment in particular, there is the idea of chiming, humming, and the distortion of sound usually associated with tinnitus (inner ear ringing).

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