Works

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Category / Instrument
Cello
Duration
8'
Publisher
Published
01/01/1992
Commissioned by
UPIC pour le 70e anniversaire de Ianis Xenakis
Premiere
08/12/1992
Paris
Maison de Radio-France
Studio Olivier Messiaen
Rohan de Saram
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Attracteurs étranges

Note

The title Attracteurs étranges ("Strange Attractors") alludes to that new universe of mathematics, the "chaotic" world where one regroups fractals, the study of turbulence or population evolution. Certain of these phenomena carry evocative names that captured (later, as usual) the imagination of the media: Cantor's dust, Koch's flakes, the butterfly effect...
The poetic strength of these new mathematical objects comes from the fact that by very complex, but hidden, operations, one could globally produce forms simple, but rich and stimulating to the imagination.
In any case, here I do not use any mathematical processes in the true sense. My only concern is poetic analogy. Following the example of "strange attractors" (virtual pendula which strangely oscillate around several points of equilibrium) the melodic contours of the cello describe spirals that always seem to return to one or several identical points, but in fact always follow differing, warped or diverted trajectories. Sometimes one appears to have attained one of these points of equilibrium: but it is unstable and projects the music into a new cycle of oscillations.

Tristan Murail

Recording

1 CD Accord, AC4659012
Couleur de mer - L'attente - Treize Couleurs du soleil couchant - Attracteurs étranges - La Barque mystique
Ensemble Court-Circuit, Pierre-André Valade (conductor)

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