Death of Éric Daubresse
The passing of Eric Daubresse has left us incredulous and mute.
I think of the musician and the friend we spent time with every day at IRCAM, of his quiet, smiling spirit, sparing with his words. I think of the musical intensity he bestowed on everything he touched, of his exceptional capacity to captivate artists enthusiastic about technology—and those who distanced themselves from it—to conduct genuine musical research with them. I think of the immense partnership he had with Emmanuel Nunes over several years, of so many other artists who benefited from his constant attention. For years, he transmitted his knowledge and practices to composers in the Cursus program at IRCAM and to students at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève. He was also involved in vast research projects, be it on spatialization or more recently on computer-assisted orchestration.
During our last conversation, Eric talked about the long period of purgatory in which the oeuvre of a grand artist can fall following his disappearance, today Nunes like Berio before him, due to fads or frenzies or temporary deafness. Eric was completely confident in returns, in reversals, and in the permanence of the idea of the artistic individual. In these days of great sadness, I salute, along with all of IRCAM, the friendship and the enquiring, adventurous spirit of a man who took action and persisted.