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le son de la lumière : electroacoustic

by Daniel Blinkhorn (2011)

Audio Sample

From the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

Selected works by AMC represented artists


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Selected works by AMC represented artists : vol. 12.

Library shelf no. CD 2251 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In 1982 composer Luc Ferrari scored the soundtrack to the animated film 'Chronopolis' by Piotr Kamler. The moment I saw the film I was struck by its beauty and elegant synchronicity between sound and image. In particular, the composer's response to the impossible shapes conjured by the animator, in which he seemed to capture the light reflected from the shapes, sculpting them into equally impossible and extraordinary sounds.

The music of Luc Ferrari has always had a profound impact on the way I work with sound, the breadth and depth of his eclectic music is immensely sensuous and expansive, ranging from field recordings through large-scale orchestral, theatrical, radiophonic and acousmatic works, to collaborations with DJ's and everything in between and beyond.

When I was provided with the opportunity to use some of Luc Ferrari's original samples from his recorded archives, I set about creating a work that reflects my own impressions of his musical oeuvre. Whilst the resulting composition gravitates conceptually around the film 'Chronopolis' (where I have used certain material from the film as thematic devices), the piece also presents a somewhat broad-ranging palate of sound, touching on a variety of environments directly inspired by the music of Luc Ferrari.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: 5.1 surround sound + stereo multichannel sound diffusion system.

Duration: 14 min.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of the composer Luc Ferrari

Commission note: This composition was written specifically for the Presque Rien Association

First performance: Prix Presque Rien - La Muse en Circuit, Paris

In addition to the composer's own recordings, this work uses sound material from the Preque Rien archives, Paris.

Awarded a Special Mention (Competition Created in Honour of Composer Luc Ferrari) at the Prix Presque Rien.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2011 Prix Presque Rien Honourable Mention

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Prix Presque Rien - La Muse en Circuit, Paris

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