benjamin thigpen

  paths 2011
  turn 2010
  still 2009
  shift 2009
  head transplant experiment 2008
  malfunction30931 2007
  undertow 2006
  brief candle 2005
  0.95652173913 2005
  incandescence 2003
  espoir 2003
  balagan 2001
  not even the rain 2000
  step,under 1998
  dust 1997
  ashes,ashes 1996
  h 1995
  appel 1995
  dédale 1994
  études au mouvant, 2e livre 1994
brief candle
for 6-channel electromagnetic media
duration : 13'22

(excerpt 0'00-4'22)

Some things are hurrying into existence, and others are hurrying out of it; and of that which is coming into existence, part is already extinguished. Motions and changes are continually renewing the infinite duration of ages. In this flowing stream, then, on which there is no abiding, what is there of the things that hurry by on which a man would set a high price? It would be just as if a man should fall in love with one of the sparrows that fly by, when it has already passed out of sight.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (II.17, VI.15)
      To the sparrows...      

brief candle was composed during an artist's residency at Djerassi (California), then at SCRIME (Bordeaux), then at home (Paris), and finally at La Kitchen (Paris).

Most of the sounds were created through spectral and temporal transformations in SuperVP, controlled by programs I wrote in OpenMusic. Other sounds were generated by programs I wrote in Max/MSP. The 6-channel spatialization is based on variable phase relations of independent point sources.

Many thanks to Christian Eloy, Mikhail Malt, Régis Renouard-Larivière, Thierry Codys, and all the team at Djerassi.

Comissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and by SCRIME.

brief candle was selected in the contest CIMESP 2005 and the Concours Internationaux de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2006.