-Instabile (16' - 1992), for ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet/b. cl., F. hn., 2 percussion players, piano/synthesizer, violin, cello and live electronic set-up).

        -Commission from the French Ministry of Culture.

        -Premiered by Ensemble Itinéraire conducted by Dominique My at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, June 1992.

       -Other performances by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, cond. by Linda Bouchard, Feb. 1998 in San Francisco and in Jan. 2002 in Chalon by Ens. Mosaïque, cond. by Philippe Cambreling


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Description :

Some flute or clarinet multiphonics have an unstable character, that belongs to their very nature, and that I am particularly fond of. These internal and irregular swingings reveal a fragile, ephemearal side that can even be emotionally moving. Submitted to natural laws, these multiphonics necessarily lead to a rupture, a break, a fall or an increase in tension that brings a certain violence.

Beyond the simple confrontation of these sounds, I have applied these ideas to the whole writing process of the piece, most notably through the development of principles of irregularity, fragility and swinging. Follows a continuous evolution, a fluid unfolding of time, although crossed at times by bursts or large contrasts. The form is a run in a space spangled with bodies that bend the trajectory by their attraction, though without stopping the motion that carries on from one pole to another.

The electronic part, including a computer controlling a sampler, a synthesizer and an effect processor, was realized entirely by the composer in the LIGYS studio, and completed in the Ensemble Itinéraire facilities.

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