Xylocopa Ransbecka

Ana Dall’Ara-Majek

Xylocopa Ransbecka has been performed in Brussels, Crest, Denton, Montréal and South River…

To Annette Vande Gorne

I had left for Place de Ransbeck in search of Rumeurs’s thirteen doors when I encountered an angry hymenopteran who fled my microphone by hiding in the cracks of a wooden beam. This is how my piece was first conceived. It features a carpenter bee and twenty doors recorded at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium). In it, I continue my exploration of changes of scale, from a passage in human proportions featuring familiar sounds to the more abstract world of microfauna, where bacteria found in wood form wriggling masses. Between these two sizes of scale, the carpenter bee carves out wood shavings and comes buzzing around our ears.

This piece is part of Nano-Cosmos, a cycle of acousmatic pieces dedicated to insects, small arthropods and microorganisms.

[English translation: Stephanie Moore, iii-18]

Xylocopa Ransbecka was realized in 16 channels at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) in 2017 and premiered on April 25, 2018 as part of the ÉlectroBelge concert at Espace Senghor in Brussels (Belgium). Thanks to Annette Vande Gorne for the residency at Musiques & Recherches (Ohain, Belgium).


  • April 25, 2018, ÉlectroBelge, Espace Senghor, Brussels (Belgium)



16-channel fixed medium (Klangdom)
Cycle: Nano-cosmos (2012-17)



Date Work Program
December 9, 2018 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) #665 / Framework Radio (Estonia)
July 9, 2019 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) Indiedrome / Radio Panik 105.4 (Belgium)
July 10, 2019 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) Radio Dijon Campus 92.2 (France)
July 11, 2019 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) Indie Drome / Campus Grenoble 90.8 (France)
July 11, 2019 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) Indie_drome / Éko des Garrigues 88.5 (France)
July 12, 2019 Ana Dall’Ara-Majek, Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) Generation Bip Hop / Jet FM 91.2 (France)

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