Elizabeth Anderson

L’éveil has been performed in Arras, Birmingham, Brussels, Cologne, Le Havre and Montréal…

L’éveil initially centers on the creation of the universe and the presentation of its various poles: matter / antimatter, illumination / darkness, and searing heat / glacial cold. The idea of opposites presented at the beginning is later developed on a larger temporal scale. Slow and relatively peaceful sections alternate with highly charged, tense sections and rough textures with smooth material. Near the end of the work, the human being awakens in this hostile universe and, echoing its environment, assimilates its own oppositions such as the light and the shadow of the soul. However, these are balanced separately, yet delicately, without strife, on the fulcrum of the conscience.

L’éveil is the first work in a cycle that is inspired by the book inspired by the book Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche (1991) by Robert A Johnson (Portland, OR, USA, 1921) which explores the paradox of opposition in the psychological realm of mankind. I translated Johnson’s psychological paradox of opposition into a physical realm of environmental proportions that I express through sound.


L’éveil was realized in 1996-97 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) and premiered on January 11, 1997 during the Concert acousmatique: l’espace du son concert at the L’Orangerie of Le Botanique in Brussels (Belgium). L’éveil was awarded the Public Prize in March 1998 at the 5th Prix international Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1997).


  • January 11, 1997, Concert acousmatique: l’espace du son, L’Orangerie — Le Botanique, Brussels (Belgium)



L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49
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Date Work Program
October 4, 1999 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
November 21, 2017 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Klangwelten / Eldoradio (Germany)
December 22, 2017 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Electronic Therapy / Radio Mercure 93 FM (France)
January 17, 2018 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Zeit-Ton: Rückblick, Vorschau und aktuelle Veröffentlichungen / ÖRF Radio Österreich 1 (Austria)
February 13, 2018 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Pulsar / CISM (Canada)
May 25, 2018 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Ausflug / FSK Radio (Germany)
June 18, 2019 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 The Langham Research Centre Show / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
October 14, 2019 Elizabeth Anderson, L’éveil (1996-97), 9:49 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)