15/06/2008 - Bern (Switzerland) - Zentrum Paul Klee - Ensemble Paul Klee, Hervé Bailly-Basin (video), Pascal Rophé (conductor)
Zentrum Paul Klee de Berne
Liber fulguralis is a "joint creation" with musical and visual components developed simultaneously by Tristan Murail and Hervé Bailly-Basin.
Inspired by the ancient oracle's art of interpreting lightning, this nearly half hour work elaborates on the ramifications of a single strike of lighting. Following a prologue with an unusual form - a single minute of almost imperceptible sparkling sound and light - and later recapitulated, to be "interpreted" in innumerable ways... Ancient pretensions of divining give way to a poetic exegesis of one of nature's most fascinating phenomenon. Tristan Murail thus continues work begun with sounds of the ocean (Le partage des eaux) and of rain (Le lac): using recent techniques of spectral analysis, to dissect concrete sounds into elementary components, and then reinserting this material and its multiple transmutations into the musical space-time. In Liber fulguralis the sound's motion combines with that of the image. Hervé Bailly-Basin further develops procedures found in his preceding collaborations with Murail: shots taken at different speeds and scales are excerpted from fragments whose re-composition with completely synthesized elements brings forth a "vision" of an entirely different order, at the limits of perception, of the imagination and of symbolism.
This work uses electronics sounds (obligatory) and images (optional) which are projected behind the musicians.
Born in Le Havre in 1947, Tristan Murail received advanced degrees in classical and North African Arabic from the Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales Vivantes, as well as a degree in economic science, while at the same time pursuing his musical studies. In 1967, he became a student of Olivier Messiaen [...]