axet remperimos te

Dominique Bassal

There has been an accident on the main line of history, and the entire Antiquity was lost. The dream of the Masters of the Universe came true before its time: we skipped directly from the Neolithic to the Medieval period, founding an absolutist planetary civilization. A mix between the implacability of the Romans, Greek hypocrisy, the totalitarianism of pharaonic civilization, the ethereal cruelty of dynastic China and, of course, the unfathomable stupidity of the Western Middle Ages. It is this Uchronia that is described in axet remperimos te.

We are not even quite sure of the precise meaning of this Empire motto, something of the order “accept to crawl” or “accept or you will be broken”. In any case, it is a unique linguistic vestige, discovered in the middle of a mass of documents recording deported populations, villages wiped off the map, millions of abducted women and children. Memories of a time perhaps no more nightmarish than what those who now think in our place would like to take us to.

The ruins of a huge castle, center of the world government, still testify to the power and inhumanity of this civilization.

But inside these colossal relics, many strange rooms are discovered, in a surprising state of conservation, the function of which is hard to understand. Paradoxical places, fueled by barely measurable energies. It is possible that the true Masters of this Empire resided in these lairs, non-human creatures from outer space. It has also been theorized that a resistance, led by mutants with solar intelligence, has set up traps here, existential snares designed to psychologically destroy the leaders’ offspring. In some of these rooms there is a sepulchral silence, but several others are echoing witch sound constructions of a great strangeness, emanating from nowhere…

The atmospheres of some of these rooms are faithfully reproduced here.

[iii-18]


axet remperimos te was realized from August 2014 to December 2017 at the composer’s studio in Montréal (Québec).

Details

7.1-channel fixed medium

Movements