Mp3 Blog #92: “Rumore Sui”

Denys Bouliane:
“Rumore sui”: (2002-2003)
Via prima
Via secunda

For string quartet

Performed by the Quatuor Bozzini

Recording not commercially released

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“Rumore sui” is the second in Denys Bouliane’s new trilogy of chamber works (the first being the previously posted ”Qualia sui” (2001-02) for piano trio and the final being “Tremore sui” for violin and piano (2004-)). The thematic linking in these works derives itself from the Latin word “sui” which means “of oneself.” As the trilogy progresses a there is a progression towards a deeper level of introspective probing.

The two movements in “Rumore sui” are essentially two views on the same musical material — the first movement an extroverted view and the second an introverted view. The second movement of this work with its early culminating vortex and the following hypnotic shattered modal faux-music-box is quite possibly my favorite of all of Denys’s works.

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The Sanctuary Project

In my last post I failed to mention that in late Summer I moved from Montréal to San Diego where I just started studies towards a Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego. Unfortunately this move, and the subsequent challenges of getting my feet on the ground again, kept me from updating this blog with my previous regularity. That said, now that I have a little more free time I wanted to share some of my recent experiences.

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As part of my stipend at UCSD I was assigned to be one of Roger Reynolds’s two studio Research Assistants. This quarter this meant that I got to help work on Roger Reynold’s most recent large work Sanctuary, for percussion ensemble and live electronics. My main tasks included consulting with Roger and Ian Saxton (Roger’s other Research Assistant) on the PD patch Ian programmed to run the live electronics in Sanctuary, helping with the technological set-up, as well as triggering the piece’s 180+ electronic cues during rehearsals and performance.

In mid and late October Steve Schick, red fish blue fish, Roger Reynolds, Ian Saxton and myself spent a little a more than two weeks at UCSD working in the Multipurpose Space at CalIt 2. We spent this time experimenting with and refining technology for the world premiere of Sanctuary that occurred on November 18th.

Below are two photos taken while we worked in the Multipurpose Space

Left to Right:
Greg Stuart and Roger Reynolds

Left to Right:
Ian Saxton (at computer), Greg Stuart, Justin DeHart, Roger Reynolds, Fabio Olivera, Ross Karre

For a week in mid-November, Steve Schick, red fish blue fish, Roger Reynolds, Ian Saxton, Josef Kucera, and me headed to Washington D.C. to prepare for and give the world premiere of Sanctuary in the atrium of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Every night before the performance we had to set up everything for Sanctuary after the gallery closed, rehearse, and then breakdown everything by 11 P.M. This was particularly stressful because not only did the the set-up include five percussion stations, two remote almglocken stations, but one to three microphones for every station, twelve speakers distributed across three levels of the gallery, recording equipment, and multiple computers and audio mixers. That said it was remarkable to rehearse in the National Gallery after it closed every night and the performance went off with virtually no technical problems.

Below are some photos I took while we worked at the National Gallery of Art. (There are also photos of the premiere available here.)

Steve Schick rehearsing Chatter/Clatter during a dinner break

Fabio Olivera watching Steve Schick rehearse

Roger Reynolds, Lina Bahn, and members of red fish blue fish relaxing before rehearsal

Ian Saxton frenetically programming behind the empty chair where I sat with the score and triggered cues

Breaking down after a successful performance

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Mp3 Blog #91: “Sing/Lose”

Jacob David Sudol: “Sing/Lose” (2007)
For chamber ensemble (15 players)
Performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt
Not available commercially

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First off I have to apologize for my long lack of posts. With this post I plan to return to my previous regular rate of postings.

This is the recording of the piece I wrote over the summer that was magnificently premiered by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the 2007 Domaine Forget New Music Sessions in northern Québec earlier this summer. The rehearsal process was pretty painless and with each subsequent reading I became more and more pleasantly surprised. I’ve included the program note below.

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The title “Sing/Lose” refers to the two primary preoccupations in my music, and in this piece – as in all my music – I approach these preoccupations abstractly. For example, “Sing” does not refer literally to singing but to a lyricism in the phrases and timbres, as well as to an almost breath-like musical flow. Likewise, “Lose” does not refer to any specific loss but to Andrei Tarkovsky’s assertion that “the life force of music is materialized on the brink of its own total disappearance.” In this piece “Lose” refers to the eventual disintegration, decay, even death of the work’s organic material and form.

“Sing/Lose” was written for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the New Music Sessions at the 2007 Domaine Forget international music festival in northeastern Québec. I composed the piece during the summer of 2007, at the end of a three-year stay in Montréal. The piece is dedicated to all those who have been close to me during my sojourn in Montréal.

-Jacob David Sudol
July 24, 2007
Montréal, Québec

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I apologize for my recent absense. I’m currently enjoying new music, discussion, the Canadian wilderness, and the wide Saint Lawrence river at Domaine Forget. Regular posts will resume in September.

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I apologize for my lack of new posts as of late. I’m currently throroughly entrenched in the final stages of composing my new piece for the Nouvel Ensemble ModerneSing/Lose. Normal posting will resume after July 20th.

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Mp3 Blog #90: “Ogive”

Allain Gaussin:
“Ogive” (1977)
Original version for Harpischord and 12 strings
Performed by Elisabeth Chojnacka and the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Jean-Claude Pennetier conductor

Not available commericially

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Mp3 Blog #89: “TemA”

Helmut Lachenmann:
“TemA” (1968) Removed by ensemble’s request
For flute, voice, and cello
Performed by Martin Fahlenbock, Linda Hirst, and Lucas Fels

Not commercially available

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Mp3 Blog #88: Happy Bloomsday!

Luciano Berio:
”Thema (Ommagio a Joyce)” (1958)
Acousmatic Music
Not commercially available

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The perfect piece of music for whatever your Bloomsday festivities may be Berio’s “Thema” is one of the first masterpieces and one of my favorite works in the acousmatic genre. It also features one of my favorite instances of word painting in all music – the b-b-bl-bl-bloo-bloo-bloom-bl-bloom-bl-bloom-bloom-blooming-ooming-ming-ing of the word blooming.

The text that Cathy Berberian recites in this piece, taken from the beginning of the “Sirens” episode in James Joyce’s ”Ulysses”, follows:


Chips, picking chips off rocky thumbnail, chips. Horrid! And gold flushed more.

A husky fifenote blew.

Blew. Blue bloom is on the

Gold pinnacled hair.

A jumping rose on satiny breasts of satin, rose of Castille.

Trilling, trilling: I dolores.

Peep! Who’s in the… peepofgold?

Tink cried to bronze in pity.

And a call, pure, long and throbbing. Longindying call.

Decoy. Soft word. But look! The bright stars fade. O rose! Notes chirruping answer.

Castille. The morn is breaking.

Jingle jingle jaunted jingling.

Coin rang. Clock clacked.

Avowal. Sonnez. I could. Rebound of garter. Not leave thee. Smack. La cloche! Thigh smack. Avowal. Warm. Sweetheart, goodbye!

Jingle. Bloo.

Boomed crashing chords. When love absorbs. War! War! The tympanum.

A sail! A veil awave upon the waves.

Lost. Throstle fluted. All is lost now.

Horn. Hawhorn.

When first he saw. Alas!

Full tup. Full throb.

Warbling. Ah, lure! Alluring.

Martha! Come!

Clapclop. Clipclap. Clappyclap.

Goodgod henev erheard inall.

Deaf bald Pat brought pad knife took up.

A moonlight nightcall: far: far.

I feel so sad. P. S. So lonely blooming.


The spiked and winding cold seahorn. Have you the? Each and for other plash and silent

Pearls: when she. Liszt’s rhapsodies. Hissss.

-James Joyce

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Guest Mp3 Blog #1: “From the land of pity / To that without pity!”

A very dramatic person told me that folk music is dead. I don’t really know if these songs have anything to do with that or with each other, but I thought I would put them all together anyway and see what happens.

Luciano Berio: from Folk Songs (1964)
“I Wonder as I Wander…”
”A la femminisca”
Performed by Cathy Berberian with the Julliard Ensemble, conducted by Luciano Berio
Available with the complete Folk Songs on this compact disc

Unknown performer (recorded in the 1970’s)
”Bocet” Romanian funeral song.
Not available commercially

Lau Nau: ”Los Mimulla Olim” and ”Kuula”
– Finnish and young and intimate
Available from Locust Records

From Bryan.

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Guest Posts

Following what seems to becoming increasingly common in the blogging and mp3 blogging genre I’ve begun to recruit some of my friends, mentors, and colleagues to write guest mp3 blog posts for this site.

The first guest entry I’m posting is written by my good friend Bryan Jacobs. One of my previous mp3 blog entries featured one of Bryan’s acousmatic works “Into Callous Hand” and Bryan was actually the friend I referred to in my first post who suggested I start a contemporary music mp3 blog.

The following post is the first of what I hope will be many guest mp3 blog posts on this blog.

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