Mécanique des fluides

Horacio Vaggione

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)


Mécanique des fluides (2014-15), 19:17
8-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
January 8, 2018 Horacio Vaggione, Mécanique des fluides (2014-15), 19:17 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
May 27, 2019 Horacio Vaggione, Mécanique des fluides (2014-15), 19:17 Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
April 7, 2020 Horacio Vaggione, Mécanique des fluides (2014-15), 19:17 Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)