Sur les debris for Bass Flute and Electronics
RECORDING: SHANNA GUTIERREZ, BASS FLUTE
Behind the fractured, percussive lines played by the bass flute in Sur les debris, lay the remains of the shattered recording of a reading of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. The recording is barely perceivable, the source never recognizable. However the shattered recording is essential in the understanding of the piece, as it served the role of a seed from which the rhythmic and timbral materials germinated. The resulting music is brittle and discontinuous: surfaces that lie at the border between rhythm and texture, splintered pedals that are sparked and interrupted by violent gestures, silences and pauses that disrupt the linearity of the piece.
Sur les debris is dedicated to Shanna Gutierrez, with whom I worked with many hours, gathering materials, testing musical passages, exchanging ideas, making music.