Murmures

Robert Normandeau

Murmures has been performed in Bangor, Brussels, Huddersfield, Montréal and Valdivia…

My first stay as a professional composer in Europe was in 1987 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio upon invitation by Annette Vande Gorne (after a Prize awarded at the Phonurgia-Nova International Competition, Arles, France) to compose Rumeurs (place de Ransbeck). This work was based on the ambiguity between sound and meaning and was part of a cinema for the ear cycle. Today, 20 years later, I wanted to visit again this Place de Ransbeck (where the studio is located) with today’s studio tools. Rumeurs was composed with high quality but simple analog devices: a portable recorder, five tape recorders and a mixing board. Since then, digital devices appeared that allow us to reveal a little bit more of the unheard-of. It appeared to me that it was interesting to search out more details in the grain of the sound. The sound material was recorded with microphones, either in a natural environment, or “played” by a Foley artist.

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Murmures was realized in June 2007 at the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studio of Musiques & Recherches in Ohain (Belgium) and was completed at the composer’s studio. It premiered on October 17, 2007 during the 14th international acousmatic festival L’Espace du son at Théâtre Marni in Brussels (Belgium). The work was revised in 2011. Thanks to Foley artist and composer Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans who lent me her sound objects and her magical gestures.

Premiere

  • October 17, 2007, L’Espace du son 2007: Ouverture et anniversaire!, Théâtre Marni, Brussels (Belgium)

Details

Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58
stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
June 5, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Beyond The Beyond / CHRW 94.7 FM (Canada)
July 8, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Martian Gardens / WMUA 91.1 FM (USA)
July 10, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 The New Edge / WMBR 88.1 FM (USA)
July 29, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Outsight Radio Hours / WXOU 88.3 FM (USA)
September 5, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 La Rebelión de los Antioxidantes / Radio Ciutat Vella: La Rebelión de los Antioxidantes (Spain)
September 19, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Kicks / Radio Centraal (Belgium)
September 19, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Kicks / Radio Centraal (Belgium)
September 28, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Tapage nocturne / France Musique (France)
October 17, 2012 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Foldover / WOBC 91.5 FM (USA)
February 16, 2013 Robert Normandeau, Murmures (2007, 11), 8:58 Arte Eletroacústica / RTP Antena 2 (Portugal)