GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques

Catalogue No.: 
0012422KAI
EAN Code: 
9120010280191
Artist(s):
Composer(s):

The “Acoustic Spaces” cycle, begun in 1974 and 

completed in 1985, consists of six instrumental 

works that may be played consecutively, since each

acoustic space extends the previous one. The unity

of the whole is based on the formal similarity of the

pieces and on the two acoustic points of reference:

the overtone spectrum and periodicity.

I would like to summarize the musical language of

the pieces as follows:

- no more composing with notes but rather with

tones;

- controlling the differences, i.e. developing (or

not developing) the tone and speed of its development;

- taking into account the relativity of our perceptions;

- applying phenomena that have long been studied

in electronic studios to the area of instrumental

sound. These applications may be heard in their

more radical forms in Partiels and Modulations;

- striving for a synthetic style in which various parameters

contribute to the construction of a single

sound. For example: the structure of un-tempered

pitches results in the creation of new tone colours,

giving rise to certain structures of duration, etc. The

synthesis involves the creation of sounds (substance),

on the one hand, and relationships among

the tones (form), on the other.

CD 1
1.
Prologue
15:28
2.
Périodes
15:28
3.
Partiels
22:02
CD 2
1.
Modulations
16:10
2.
Transitoires
19:54
3.
Epilogue
8:03
Total Time: 
1:37:09