Ombres, espaces, silences…

Gilles Gobeil

Ombres, espaces, silences… has been performed in Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Brussels, Cagliari, Calgary, Cologne, Crest, Drummondville, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Huddersfield, Karlsruhe, Leicester, Lisbon, Montréal, Oslo, Santiago, São Paulo, Sydney, Toronto, Uppsala and Weimar…

With Ombres, espaces, silences… (Shadows, Spaces, Rests…), I wished to revisit early polyphonic music (Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova). I wanted to bring together this universe of intervals and chords, and the much wider universe of noises, the latter providing the setting in which to present — or evoke — modified fragments from the beginnings of Western music.

The universe of noises rests upon one of the History of Christianity’s fascinating phenomenon: the hermits, or “Desert Fathers” from the first centuries of the Christian era. These men had knowingly chosen to seek isolation, to cut their ties with society, for they believed the answer to the issue of human destiny could be found only outside society.

I have attempted to describe, through a number of tableaux, the surprising life of these men, their religious fervour (the same fervour that gave birth to the first polyphonic music), by evoking the physical locations, the aridity and threat of the desert, but mostly by evoking their fabulous spiritual imagination.

[English translation: François Couture, xi-07]


Ombres, espaces, silences… was realized in January and February of 2005 at the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM) in Germany. It was premiered on February 12, 2005 during the trans_canada festival at the ZKM’s ZKM_Kubus. It was commissioned by the ZKM. Thanks to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the ZKM for their support. Ombres, espaces, silences… was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 2005) and was among the selection for the 32nd Bourges International Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art Competition (France) in 2005.

Premiere

  • February 12, 2005, Gilles Gobeil, diffusion • trans_canada: Topographies • Topographien • Topographies, ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe (Germany)

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Date Work Program
February 27, 2008 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Tapage nocturne / France Musique (France)
May 14, 2008 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Where’s the skill in that? / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
May 30, 2008 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Borderline Musik für Grenzgänger / Freies Radio Kassel (Germany)
May 30, 2008 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Borderline Musik für Grenzgänger / Freies Radio Kassel (Germany)
July 16, 2008 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Média inconnu
April 1, 2010 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
October 23, 2012 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Électromania / France Musique (France)
November 15, 2012 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Phonogène / Radio HDR 99.1 (France)
May 11, 2013 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Arte Eletroacústica / RTP Antena 2 (Portugal)
June 27, 2016 Gilles Gobeil, Ombres, espaces, silences… (2005) Les territoires du son / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)

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