the 100 words

8 Channel sound piece [20′].

the 100 words was commissioned by GRM for the Presences Electronique Festival and first performed in CENTQUATRE 104 there in 2012. It was developed at the GRM studios for an 8 channel system and then performed for the 24 speaker acousmonium. The concept of the piece is based on the idea of the physical manifestation of words through speech and sound. 100 words are convoluted onto different strata of sound in extreme sound ranges, with the idea of creating a very physical experience of speech. The words are hardly recognizable, but there remains a trace of an attempt at communication in language, which is always thwarted by the extreme magnification of the sound gestures.

performance history

  • 31 March 2012; Premiere at Festival Presences Electronique, GRM, CENTQUATRE 104, Paris.