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Sons Dessus Dessous #18 - Musical Time

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Dec. 18, 2017
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In February 1978, an experiment took place at IRCAM. Pierre Boulez selected five works: Chamber Concerto by György Ligeti, Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea by Claude Debussy, Modes de valeur et d’intensité by Olivier Messiaen, his own work Éclat, and A Mirror on Which to Dwell by Elliott Carter.

He analyzed these 5 works in public, picking out specific passages and fragments, or bits of isolated speech with the assistance of the musicians from the Ensemble intercontemporain. Each of these public analysis sessions was followed by a debate with a smaller number of people including Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and the IRCAM team. The “experiment” imagined like a workshop was called Le temps musical. It was supposed to end with a wrap-up session during which the debates made up a sort of sketch, the preparation.

Here you can watch the final session (in French) held on February 23, 1978 at the Centre Pompidou.

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Le temps musical : séance de synthèse 1ère partie

Le temps musical : séance de synthèse 2ème partie

Le temps musical : séance de synthèse 3ème partie

Le temps musical : séance de synthèse 3ème partie