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HOW TO BUILD A FIRE
2021
SAYAT NOVA
2019
ESPACES
2017
LA CAPITE
2020
AR
2018
ARARAT
2014
HOW TO BUILD A FIRE

Walking sonic fiction
for walkman and headphones, reading of Jack London’s How to build a fire in a sonic composition.
45min

Participants walk in a forest, vision free but listening limited by the headphones. While they can see their direct environment, they hear sounds of another one: the story of a man, alone with his dog in the cold Canadian winter. The sound is composed to superpose the story told with the direct visual environment, merging the real and the fiction in a multi-sensorial experience.

Voice by Anne-Marie André
Commission for Antigel Festival
Geneva, 20.02.21 - 23.02.21
> link to Antigel webpage

Photographs by Mélanie Groley and Sanjay Rai

LA CAPITE

Multichannel installation
for obsolète and recycled sound diffusors

This installation is inspired by the François Bayle’s acousmonium: a wide range of speakers intended to compete with the massive sound of the classical orchestre. This installation combines the will to compose a sound diffusion apparatus while critically addressing the technological and financial needs to do so. Using obsolete and recycle devices, forgotten and unwanted byproducts of our industrial societies, old radios, transducers, 1990s hifi system come together as a « cheap acousmonium » that addresses the challenge of limited ressources with the need of innovation.

In collaboration with Luca Kasper
Presented at La Fonte
August 2020, Geneva

Video by Gabor Vizner

SAYAT NOVA

For Santoor, tombak, Sarangui, electric guitar, chalumeau, percussions and electronics
Cine-concert with alternative live soundtrack for Paradjanov’s masterpiece "The Color of the Pomegranate"
73 min

The movie depicts the spiritual transformation of an armenian poet, Sayat Nova who lived in the Caucasus in the 18th century. The images are like surrealist paintings, moving symbolic landscapes filled with armenian visual elements.
Working on this movie meant a lot for me. It adresses the relationship diasporas can have with their « motherland’s » culture while living in globalized societies. I gathered musicians playing traditional instruments like duduk, tombak or sarangi, processing and blending them with real-time software effects. A mix between abstract and traditional sounds and structures.

Commission for Sauce festival
Presented at Spoutnik Cinema in March 2019, Geneva

AR

For voice and recorder
6min

AR is a composition inspired by the Armenian instrument duduk. Often played together with a bourdon, the soloist draws long melodic lines where the timber and expressivity plays an important role. This piece re-contextualize Armenian traditional music with “modern” sounds coming from the electroacoustic world. Using the recorder player’s voice as the bourdon creates beatings and distortion, and the singer’s voice is used as a texture as much as a melodic line.

Presented at :
De Agostini Concert Hall, Geneva, 18.05.19;
Flauto Dolce in Temple Saint-Jacques, Lausanne, 19.05.19
International Contemporary Music Festival Ars electronica Wallis, Schloss Leuk, 09.06.19

ESPACES

for piano, kalimba, percussions and electronic
7min

Espaces deals mainly with space and timber. A self-made software processes the acoustic sound of the instrumentalists and feed it back into the composition in real time. To encourage interaction and listening rather instructions and predetermined actions, it is composed as a graphic score. Events are suspended in on the line of time, and in the space of the paper.
For Ensemble Batida

Collaboration with Ensemble BATIDA at Archipel Festival
Presented at De Agostini Concert Hall, Geneva, 29.03.17

ARARAT

For recorder
2min

Ararat is a mountain where Noe’s Arch should have been. It invokes the songs of the eastern shepherd playing his flute alone in the mountains, among the rocks and the complain of the wind. This little and modest composition is the first attempt to merge Armenian duduk music with the western instrument recorder. The Armenian duduk often plays with a second stable voice: the bourdon. In this composition the bourdon is made singing while playing the melodies with the recorder.

Presented at Siestes Musicales at Museum of Natural History
Geneva, 10.06.17; 30.09.17; 14.10.17; 11.11.17; 16.12.17