Premiere on 16 March 2024 in Lyon as part of the B!ME festival
In a large-scale musical form, RUPTUR explores the notion of a machine that unfolds relentlessly to create a possible trance, endlessly repeating and renewing itself, exploring all its own characteristics, right down to its extremes of timbre, density, dynamics and space.
This machine, set in motion like a perpetual motion, will be deployed over the course of an hour or so until it is brought to a screeching halt, plunging us into a dizzying, questioning void in the final part of the concert. This rupture, as unexpected as it is impactful, opens a breach into a musical space of an entirely different nature.
The continuous flow of sound energy, in constant metamorphosis, aims to transport the listener and the listened into a dual musical and physical experience. The hypnotic effect of repetition is sought as much as an uplifting movement and an emotional tension that builds to a breaking point.
But the two composers do not intend to stop there, and wish to cross the threshold to confront this movement with its negative, as it were: the aftermath of the machine.
This shift, experienced as violent, is also an allusion to the breaking point at which humanity finds itself after two centuries of the Anthropocene.
What happens at the breaking point, in the mind and body, individually and collectively?
What is this aftermath, inhabited by the ghost, the persistence, the vestige of the machine, now in freewheel mode of its own? What kind of music, what kind of listening, can embody this vertigo?
⏰ Concert at 8pm.
🎫 Info and booking here.
Original compositions by Benjamin de la Fuente and Samuel Sighicelli
Bruno Chevillon, double bass, electric bass, electronics
Benjamin de la Fuente, violin, electric guitar, objects, electronics
Éric Échampard, drums, electronic pad, objects
Samuel Sighicelli, electric organ, analogue synthesiser, sampler
Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Théo His-Mahier, multi-percussion
Lou Renaud-Bailly, multi-percussion
Emil Kuyumcuyan, multi-percussion
Christophe Schaeffer, lighting design
Vanessa Court, sound.
Delegated production: Sphota
Coproduction: Les Percussions de Strasbourg, GRAME, CCAM scène nationale de Vandoeurve-les-Nancy, Musica.