Le Tracé de l’Onde

Composed in 2023
For three instrumental groups
15 minutes

Program Notes

The word Tracé, TRACED evokes the passage of time and the word Onde, WAVE evokes sound and water. The wake of water, a surge, a ripple on the surface of a lake, a clapotis and many other words I used in the score of the musicians. This work explores the texture of water with a magnifying glass and also at a distance and expresses these aspects with sound. In Le Tracé de l’Onde, we have three musical ensembles spatially separated in the performance space: woodwinds, brass and strings. Three voices, because each trio plays from the same score.

As for the score of the musicians, this is a first for me, because the musicians play from a movie that was created by the Ocular Scores tool. A digital tool, designed in close collaboration with Joseph Browne, analyzes sounds and interprets data to create images. I currently work with programmer Jeffrey Lubow from CNMAT at UC Berkeley, who helped me realize this new aspect of the tool: creating scores that unfold like a movie.

In this new work, the three instrumental groups are spatially separated to create three distinct voices, three timbres, and three textures that visually scroll in real time on a projection screen to express the structure and sonic imprint of the moment.

Commissioned by les Productions Super Musique, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Le Tracé de l’Onde is part of a project series within composer Linda Bouchard’s portfolio called Live Structures. Funded by a 2017 “Explore and Create” Grant, Live Structures is a collection of works utilizing Bouchard’s developing custom tool Ocular Scores® to further interpret data from the analysis of complex sounds to create graphic images of them.

Le Tracé de l’Onde was premiere on April 6, 2023 at the Spationautes II concert held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), McGill University (Montréal, Canada) by Productions SuperMusique (PSM) in partnership with Le Vivier.