Machin de machine

Francis Dhomont

Machin de machine has been performed in Cagliari, Cologne, Kraków, Lisbon, Montréal, Prague, Rethymno, Rome and Weimar…

To Conlon Nancarrow, a tribute / pastiche for the centenary of his birth

Here, as in many works by Nancarrow, a machine is exploring polyrythmical worlds that are too complex to be mastered by the human hand.

[English translation: François Couture, ix-20]

Machin de machine was realized in stereo in 2012 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France). It was commissioned by Amici della Musica di Cagliari, at Lucio Garau’s request, for the 2nd Festival di musica contemporanea de Cagliari (Italy). Machin de machine was awarded an honourable mention at the international electroacoustic music competition Musica Nova 2012 (Prague, Czech Republic). The work was reimagined and developed into an eight-channel piece in December 2012 at the composer’s studio in Avignon. More complex and longer by 40 seconds, this new piece became Machin de machine 2. In 2020, the stereo version was struck from the composer’s catalogue, and the eight-channel version took over the original title Machin de machine.


  • September 19, 2012, Stereo version: Festival di Musica Contemporanea di Cagliari: Concerto acusmatico: Manfredi Clemente, Aula Magna — Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione — Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy)
  • July 12, 2013, Premiere of the 8-channel version, under the title Machin de machine 2: Meister im Konzert: Francis Dhomont, SeaM Werkstattstudio — Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Weimar (Thüringen, Germany)



Machin de machine (2012), 8:40
8-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
November 17, 2020 Francis Dhomont, Machin de machine (2012), 8:40 The Langham Research Centre Show / Resonance 104.4 FM (UK)
December 4, 2020 Francis Dhomont, Machin de machine (2012), 8:40 Electronic Therapy / Radio Mercure 93 FM (France)
December 11, 2020 Francis Dhomont, Machin de machine (2012), 8:40 Late Junction: Jlin Reimagines Beethoven / BBC Radio 3 (UK)
March 28, 2021 Francis Dhomont, Machin de machine (2012), 8:40 Episode 1056 / Martian Gardens Podcast (USA)