AvatArsSon — 2nd of the 4 works in the Cycle du son — was realized in 1998 in the Syter studio of Ina-GRM and in the composer's studio, and it premiered on May 11th, 1998 as part of Ina-GRM's Cycle acousmatique at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France in Paris(France). AvatArsSon was a special commission of the Ministère de la Culture (France) and of Ina-GRM for the 50th anniversary of musique concrète. AvatArsSon was awarded the first prize at the 2nd Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Musicale Elettronica Pierre Schaeffer (Pescara, Italy, 1999) and, in a shorter version (14:20), the second prize in the Musica Nova 1998 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (Prague, Czech Republic). AvatArsSon was recorded on the disc 2°/3° Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Musicale Elettronica Pierre Schaeffer.
To "the inventors of the treasure" (Bayle, Berio, Chion, Dufour, Ferrari, Henry, Malec, Parmegiani, Reibel, Risset, Schaeffer,Stockhausen, Teruggi, Varèse, Xenakis, Zanési, and others too numerous to name)
This presents an original aspect of the "new music" (as Schaeffer called it in 1950) one that, thanks to the concept of the sound object, brought about its accession to a multidimensional musical world. But it is above all a metaphor for, and a short cut across, some of the stages of the sound odyssey — heard for itself and for its unveiled "images" (Bayle) — and its performance. It also recalls the fertile guiding drift that allows the attentive ear to discover the furtive traces of homage.
Quotations used in this piece:
At the beginning and sometimes : some short quotations (with treatments or not) of Étude
aux objets by Schaeffer and of Francis Dhomont own work "Novars".
- 00:18 "Pseudo" P. Henry (my own door)
- 01:53 Parmegiani : De natura sonorum
- 03:13 Reibel : Variations en étoile
- 03:47 Zanesi : Stop l'horizon
- 06:19 Bayle : Espaces inhabitables (Jardins de rien)
- 09:12 Stockhausen : Gesang
- 09:35 Berio : Omaggio a Joyce
- 09:43 Malec : Nuda
- 09:55 Chion : Requiem
- 10:05 Ferrari : Hétérozygote
- 10:28 Chion : La ronde
- 11:33 Dufour : Bocalises
- 11:57 Teruggi : Instants d'hiver
- 12:13 Dufour : Bocalises
- 12:49 Risset : Suite for little Boy
- 13:17 Varèse : Ionisation
- 15:11 Ferrari : Hétérozygote
- 15:15 Xenaxis : Diamorphoses 29