Creation
Concert

Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project : Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco

November 5 through November 10,
Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project
Atrium

An electronic masterpiece created in 1980 by Jonathan Harvey, Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco combines the voice of the composer’s son—a choir singer—with the sounds of a large cathedral bell. “I implore the dead, I call the living”, this inscription engraved on the bell is carried by the child’s voice. Thanks to the software CHANT designed at IRCAM, the voice is combined with electronics, the human being merges with the harmonics of a bumblebee with superhuman powers.  The entire temporal structure of Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco is based on this very rich and irregular spectrum. The audience is then wrapped up as if they are inside a gigantic bell, the boy’s voice flying feely in this incredible space

Jonathan Harvey composer
Stanley Haynes
IRCAM Computer Music Design 

JONATHAN HARVEY MORTUOS PLANGO, VIVOS VOCO   

Organized in collaboration with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Jonathan Harvey  © Florian Kleinefenn
    Jonathan Harvey © Florian Kleinefenn
  • Texte de Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco  ©  DR, Ircam
    Texte de Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco © DR, Ircam
  • Enveloppe d’amplitude du son de la cloche (relevé réalisé par Marc Battier à l’Ircam en 1987)  ©  DR, Ircam
    Enveloppe d’amplitude du son de la cloche (relevé réalisé par Marc Battier à l’Ircam en 1987) © DR, Ircam