Push & Pull

Martin Bédard

Push & Pull has been performed in Montréal, Nice and Quebec City…

The acousmatic piece Push & Pull draws its inspiration from two different wells. The first one has been dug into the world of trains. Musicalized trains are moving back and forth between states of propulsion (“push”) and standstill (“pull”). The second source of inspiration comes from the lyrics to a song that inhabited by teenage years (Kid Gloves by Rush). The song is about this inevitable pitching between push and pull that we all go through at one time or another in our lives, and that we have to learn to control, sometime with great difficulty.

[English translation: François Couture, i-13]


Push & Pull was realized in 2010 at the composer’s studio and premiered on October 28, 2010 as part of the festival Akousma (7), at the Studio Hydro-Québec of the Monument-National (Montréal, Québec). Push & Pull was commissioned by Réseaux des arts médiatiques. Thanks to Nicolas Bernier and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA). Push & Pull was awarded the Second Prize ex æquo at the 9th Musicacoustica-Beijing competition (China, 2012).

Premiere

  • October 28, 2010, 20 Years of empreintes DIGITALes, Akousma (7): Soirée «acousmatique», Studio Hydro-Québec — Monument-National, Montréal (Québec)

Awards

Details

stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
June 17, 2013 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
August 4, 2013 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
August 11, 2013 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
March 28, 2014 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
March 28, 2014 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Sound Quality / ABC Radio National (Australia)
June 3, 2014 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Beyond The Beyond / CHRW 94.7 FM (Canada)
March 11, 2015 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
June 29, 2015 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
December 4, 2017 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
November 25, 2019 Push & Pull (Martin Bédard) (2010) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)

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