Perpetuum mobile (Pluies fantômes)

Francis Dhomont

Perpetuum mobile (Pluies fantômes) has been performed in Brussels, Lecce and Montpellier…

To Christoph von Blumröder, acousmatics musicologist

The association, in constant agitation, of musical parameters from multiple sources that share similar morphological types: accumulations, various granulations, complex rhythmical motifs, oscillating textures, short melismas, stretches of stasis, bursts of pitches.

Strictly material choices that nevertheless evoke, through their random and accumulative behaviour, the wavering song of rain (which itself makes a referential cameo) and its sonic models: trickle, repetitive cycles, lulls, and also lapping, undulations, cascading fluxes. And the occasional deluge.

Imagined rain or images of rain?

[English translation: François Couture, ix-20]

Perpetuum mobile (Phantom Rains) was realized in 2019 at the composer’s studio in Avignon (France) and premiered on December 11, 2019 at Théâtre Marni in Brussels (Belgium) as part of the festival L’Espace du son.


  • December 11, 2019, L’Espace du son 2019: Concert, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)


Perpetuum mobile (Pluies fantômes) [Perpetuum mobile (Phantom Rains)] (2019), 15:05
8-channel fixed medium



Date Work Program
April 12, 2021 Francis Dhomont, Perpetuum mobile (Pluies fantômes) [Perpetuum mobile (Phantom Rains)] (2019), 15:05 Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)