Carence croasse Francis St-Germain

Originally composed for trumpet and tape, commissioned by Émilie Fortin, Carence croasse explores the unhealthy dynamics of abusive interpersonal relationships by placing the trumpet in the role of the oppressed and the electronic in that of the oppressor. The trumpet part is made up of 15 interchangeable modules whose order and quantity of modules played for a given performance are defined by the performer. The tape, which can also be presented solo, forms an imposing soundscape. It is made up of scordatura violin sounds and vocal fry voice sounds that are recorded and processed to create a mass of sound whose timbre is at the intersection between organ and choir. Over the 25 minutes of the piece, the electronic part evolves slowly, emphasizing different elements and highlighting the subtleties that constitute it. Taken alone, this part forms a colourful soundscape that calls for the listener’s reconsideration of their relationship to their own body.

Source: 2021

  • Year of composition: 2020
  • Genre: Electroacoustics
  • Format: Fixed media
  • Software used: Reaper
  • Duration of the submitted work: 25:00
  • Awards received: Bourse Connexion création du Conseil des arts du Canada
  • Premiere: 2020, Montréal

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