Mécanique des fluides has been performed in Birmingham, Lisbon, Monaco, Montréal, Paris, Plaisir, São Paulo and The Hague…
The title Mécanique des fluides [Fluid Mechanics] can be taken poetically, metaphorically, or more scientifically as alluding to a certain description of the physical world. My composition uses all three meanings of the phrase at once. The difference I often make between laminar (smooth) sounds and turbulent (intermittent) sounds is underpinned by a physical description. I think that sounds – all sounds – behave like fluids. However, despite the fact that I am taking this phenomenology into account, I am not looking to “imitate” some form of “nature,” but trying to let composed sound morphologies emerge, as manifested in levels of polyphonic activity.
[English translation: François Couture, ix-17]
Mécanique des fluides was realized in 2014-15 in the studios of the Groupe de recherches musicales (GRM) in Paris (France) and premiered on January 23, 2015, as part of the Multiphonies series presented by the Ina-GRM at the Auditorium Saint-Germain of the MPAA (Paris, France). The piece was commissioned by the French State (Music Office) and the Ina-GRM (Paris).
- January 23, 2015, Multiphonies 2014-15: Akousma, Auditorium Saint-Germain — MPAA, Paris (France)
January 23, 2015Paris (France)
May 10, 2016Plaisir (Yvelines, France)
October 16, 2016São Paulo (Brazil)
May 5, 2017Monaco (Monaco)
May 13, 2017The Hague (Netherlands)
October 27, 2017Montréal (Québec)
April 28, 2018Birmingham (England, UK)
May 25, 2018Lisbon (Portugal)
January 8, 2018Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)