Danse de l’aube

Patrick Ascione

Danse de l’aube has been performed in Montréal and Paris…

Joy, dance, celebration…

Rhythm and its taboos in acousmatic music…

This piece questions the limits of our art — although in art limits are always temporary. What are these limits? Their contours? Their evolution? (We do know where they came from.) What is the farthest a composer can go, and are these limits real?

Danse de l’aube is also an extension of the work I have been doing for years to develop “spatial polyphony,” a concept that increases the live readability of acousmatic pieces by integrating a work’s spatial dimension right into the initial act of studio composing using various multitracking techniques.

This piece explores the phenomenon of sonic “relief” through the possibilities offered by a composition/playback system on eight real tracks.

[English translation: François Couture, ii-15]

Danse de l’aube [Dance of the Dawn] was realized in 2000-02 in the studio of the Ina-GRM and premiered on June 15, 2002 as part of the Ina-GRM’s Cycle acousmatique presented at Salle Olivier Messiaen, Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). It was commissioned by the French State (Music Office) and the Ina-GRM (Paris).


  • June 15, 2002, Multiphonies 2001-02: Concert, Salle Olivier Messiaen — Maison de Radio France, Paris (France)


Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21
8-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
December 21, 2014 Patrick Ascione, Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21 Électrain de nuit / France Musique (France)
May 20, 2019 Patrick Ascione, Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
January 1, 2021 Patrick Ascione, Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21 Dimensions #76 / LaimaPersik
January 24, 2021 Patrick Ascione, Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21 The Moderns #142 / Radio Regent (Canada)
January 28, 2021 Patrick Ascione, Danse de l’aube (2000-02), 18:21 This Is Not A Disco / Source FM 96.1 (UK)