La part des anges

Robert Normandeau

La part des anges has been performed in Blacksburg, Brussels, Edmonton, Gainesville, Helsinki, Huddersfield, Karlsruhe, Leicester, Monaco, Montréal, Oslo, Quebec City, Strasbourg and Weimar…

This work explores sampling, dispersal, fragmentation, extraction, and distillation. This is the “angels’ share,” the volatile part of aging alcohol that slowly evaporates through the walls of the barrel.

Here the evaporating sound material comes from a variety of capella songs of very old musical traditions. I tried to keep their timbre while extracting only the volatile part of their essence.


La part des anges [Angels’ Share] was realized in 2011 and in 2012 in the studios of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (ZKM, Germany), and at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal. The residence at the ZKM followed the Giga-Hertz-Preis in 2010. La part des anges was specially composed for a dome of loudspeakers. There were two versions of the work because the necessary tools were not ready for the first version in 2011. It was completely reworked in 2012 with new tools developed at Université de Montréal and at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM). The first version of the work was premiered on November 26, 2011 during the festival Imatronic 2011 in Karlsruhe (Germany). The definitive version of the work was premiered on November 29, 2012 at the Festival Trans_Canada Reloaded in Karlsruhe (Germany). Thanks to Ludger Brümmer and Götz Dipper.


  • November 26, 2011, Imatronic 2011: Preisverleihungen und Konzerte, ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • November 29, 2012, Premiere of the final version: Imatronic Extended 2012: Sounds − GRM Akusmonium und der Klangdom: trans_canada reloaded II, ZKM_Kubus, Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • May 29, 2015, Premiere of the 8-channel version: Robert Normandeau, diffusion • Monaco électroacoustique 2015: Concert 2, Théâtre des variétés, Monaco (Monaco)
  • July 3, 2015, Premiere of the Klangdom version: Immersive Sound , Riksscenen — Schous Kulturbryggeri, Oslo (Norway)



Robert Normandeau, La part des anges [The Angels’ Share] (2011, 12)
multichannel fixed medium (Klangdom)



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