Train d’enfer

Stéphane Roy

Train d’enfer has been performed in Bremen, Brussels and Montréal…

Train d’enfer is built in three sections. It begins unassumingly, in an unstable manner, with obsessive halftones interrupted by lively, noisy little sonic beings. Gradually, processes appear, and their teleological character becomes increasingly prominent. These processes, deployed forcefully, are made of metamorphosing materials that fuse, pushed by the pulse. Iterative voices grow thunderous, occasionally letting brief minimal sequences emerge, their out-of-phase lines almost sketching new sonic textures. The pulse morphs slowly into a screaming machine, metal against metal, that hurls forward, despite the obstacles, toward the breaking point that provides the conclusion of the work.

[English translation: François Couture, x-19]

Train d’enfer [a play on words meaning both “Hellish Train” and “Hellish Drive”] was realized in 2010-11 at the composer’s studio in Montréal (Québec), and premiered on March 30, 2011 during the concert Électrochocs 5 in the Studio multimédia of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. It received its European premiere on October 26, 2011 during the concert Neue elektroakustische Musik aus Kanada at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen in Bremen (Germany).


  • March 30, 2011, Stéphane Roy, diffusion • 20 Years of empreintes DIGITALes, Électrochocs 2010-11: Électrochocs 5: Stéphane Roy, Studio multimédia — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)
  • October 26, 2011, European premiere: Stéphane Roy, diffusion • Neue elektroakustische Musik aus Kanada, Konzertsaal — Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Bremen (Bremen, Germany)


Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54
stereo fixed medium




Date Work Program
December 17, 2019 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 The Langham Research Centre Show / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
December 18, 2019 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 Pangea / Radio Città del Capo (Italy)
December 20, 2019 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 Fantaasia / Klassikaraadio (Estonia)
January 3, 2020 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 One-Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Edition / The Parish News (UK)
January 28, 2020 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 Between Two Points / Dublab
March 26, 2020 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 [Excerpt] Radiophon / Südwestrundfunk SWR2 (Germany)
August 17, 2020 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
May 5, 2021 Stéphane Roy, Train d’enfer (2010-11), 20:54 Radioateliér / Český rozhlas (Czech Republic)