Mâts

Elsa Justel

Mâts has been performed in Buenos Aires, Lyon, Morelia, Paris, Valdivia and Weimar…

To my husband

As the pulleys of the masts rocked by the wind, the apparatus of an imaginary ballet leave their members vibrate in a frantic dance. The voice of the erkencho (an instrument from the Andes made out of a bull’s horn) became hoarse and harrowing. It is not its throat singing anymore, nor is it its flesh shaking, but its bone crying out. Submerged into the liquid world of the rain stick, the horn emerges again and again, dancing and mocking, emitting a never-ending acid song.

[English translation: François Couture, viii-07]


Mâts [Masts] was realized in 1999 from sounds of traditional instruments from various cultures — erkencho (South America), rain stick (Africa), small drums and bamboos (China) — in the studio of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris (France) and premiered on February 1999 at the Salle Olivier Messiaen of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). The piece was commissioned by the French State (Music Office) and the Ina-GRM (Paris).

Premiere

  • February 9, 1999, Multiphonies 1998-1999: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

Details

Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999)
stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
March 1, 2008 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
January 11, 2009 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) KNTU 88.1 FM (USA)
January 18, 2010 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
February 14, 2010 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
May 14, 2012 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
March 4, 2013 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
February 16, 2015 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Les territoires du son / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)
February 11, 2016 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Martian Gardens / TaintRadio (USA)
February 18, 2016 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Martian Gardens / WXOJ-LP 103.3 (USA)
June 23, 2016 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Martian Gardens / WXOJ-LP 103.3 (USA)
May 29, 2017 Elsa Justel, Mâts (1999) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)

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