It was from this starting point that the French composer began to mine the depths of texture and harmony contained within individual sounds. In composing the piece Grisey undertook detailed analyses of sound spectra. These are the unique combinations of frequencies that manifest themselves as timbre, accounting for the distinction between, for example, a middle-C played on a piano and the same note played on a violin. Whilst seemingly little more than a conjuring trick, this passage serves to reveal the wealth of subtle nuance hidden within a single sound. In this sense, Les espaces acoustiques reaches far beyond the superficialities of its compositional ingenuity: this piece opens up new modes of aural perception, exposing the beautiful multidimensionality constituting even the most mundane of sonic events.
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There are apocalyptic visions listen to the start of the fourth song , The Death of Humanity, to hear the world implode in a black hole of percussion writing , reflective resignation and spectral stasis in these songs. For Grisey, every single sound was a living, breathing entity; it was only logical that he should want to explore what happens at the end of the sonic life-cycle as well as the start.
Yet the composer had already given the world visionary, inspirational and complete music. The essential idea is the creation of a new way of structuring the parameters of music by exploring the harmonic series, the overtones that are part of every musical note.
If you analyse the complexity of the harmonic series of a single note played on a particular instrument — say a low E on a trombone — you find a teeming world of musical possibility. That E, by the way, is exactly the note that Grisey took as the starting point for his ensemble work Partiels , the third piece of his epic, six-part cycle Les Espaces Acoustiques.
For Grisey, the possibilities of this approach were microscopic yet infinite. By atomising sounds in this way, he could structure large pieces of music and spans of time, such as Partiels , that were based on an intense process of listening to an individual sound, exploding the smallest of sonic phenomena, a single note, on to the largest possible scale. The harmonic implications of the overtone series also allowed Grisey to create a hierarchy within his micro-tonally enriched musical world, which gives his music a monumental dynamism.
As he said, "we are musicians and our model is sound not literature, sound not mathematics, sound not theatre, visual arts, quantum physics, geology, astrology or acupuncture". A glittering, shimmering, light-filled chord begins Transitoires ; the music then seems to stop time with its pregnant pauses, and with echoes of sounds — a guttural double-bass growl, a low gong, a mysterious middle-distance drone — that are sustained, seemingly into the infinite.
That music is a bridge to the Epilogue of the whole cycle, with its whooping chords for four solo horns, the sounds of a universe of sound rejoicing in itself. Grisey himself spoke of the difference between the sort of super-slow time experienced by whales as opposed to the frenetic time-scale of insects. Or, for another kind of mobile time, hear how Grisey makes a solo contrabass clarinet swing, slide and stride with mythic abandon in his evocation of Anubis-Nout , a piece written for the Canadian composer Claude Vivier , who was murdered in Five key links.
As with so much of Les Espaces Acoustiques, Transitoires makes sounds that are simultaneously ancient and modern: There are apocalyptic visions listen to the start of the fourth songThe Death of Humanity, to hear the world implode in a black hole of percussion writingreflective resignation and spectral stasis in these songs. Topics Music A guide to contemporary classical music. By atomising sounds in this way, he could structure large pieces of music and spans of time, such as Partielsthat were based on an intense process of listening to an individual sound, exploding the smallest of sonic phenomena, a single note, on to the largest possible scale. Show 25 25 50 All. Grisey himself spoke of the difference between the sort of super-slow time experienced by whales as opposed to the frenetic time-scale of insects. This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.
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Submit a new link. I think its good to think of an instrument always as a voice, not a computer program, if that makes sense. Show 25 25 50 All. Grisey himself spoke of the difference between the sort of super-slow time experienced by whales geisey opposed to the frenetic ecore of insects. Grisey is a genius.
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